Celebration of Diane Buch’s life June 26 | Passages

Diane Buch ... June 3, 1935 - May 22, 2011 - Family of Diane Buch
Diane Buch ... June 3, 1935 - May 22, 2011
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Diane Buch of Poulsbo
June 3, 1935 – May 22, 2011

Diane Shutes Buch was born June 3, 1935 in Syracuse, N.Y. Diane moved to this area to be near her mother's family. Diane graduated from Bremerton High School in 1953 and married Malcolm Shutes that year. They had three children, Kevin, Scott, Pamela, and adopted Suzanne. Diane married Herbert W. Buch on Nov. 26, 1976.

Diane worked for several years at American Marine Bank on Bainbridge Island and was known by all as the "Bainbridge Island Woods Witch." Diane loved gardening, shopping, doing crossword puzzles, making people laugh, and was the "cat lady" with seven feline friends. She was an animal lover too. She loved the Christmas holiday, especially her flocked, pretty-in-pink tree.

Diane was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; daughter, Pamela; and son, Kevin. Diane is survived by her son, Scott Shutes (Molly); daughter, Suzanne Kettel (Craig); stepdaughters, Linda Luckerath, Mary Welch (Keith); five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Donations can be made to the Kitsap Humane Society. There will be a celebration of her life on June 26, 2 p.m., at Kitsap Lake Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 6201 Price Road NW in Bremerton.

Her legendary defiance served her well to the end.

-- Family of Diane Buch

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