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Mary Ellen Buchanan

Mary Ellen Buchanan

Mary Ellen Buchanan

Oct 3, 1926 — Jun 22, 2024

Mary Ellen (Foerster) Buchanan, beloved wife, mother, mother-inlaw, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed from this life into eternal life on June 22, 2024.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Mary Ellen graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1943 and attended business college for two years. In 1944, at age 17, she married John Buchanan, a U.S. Navy corpsman stationed in San Antonio.

When John was transferred to Virginia, Mary Ellen and their newborn daughter soon joined him. They later moved to the NAS in Corpus Christi. After the war, they eventually settled in San Antonio, where they had another daughter. Mary Ellen worked as a secretary for her church and eventually joined her husband and father working at Sweeney & Co.

After another daughter and a son were born in the early 1960s, Mary Ellen and John continued working and raising their children. Some of her most treasured times were spent with family and friends at her parents’ “ranch” near Canyon Lake.

Mary Ellen was a devoted Christian, wife, mom, daughter, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook and a talented seamstress and enjoyed gardening, reading, playing games, using her iPad, and painting.

In her retirement years, she also served as a mentor for students at Curington Elementary.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Elenora and Otto Foerster, brothers Clifford Foerster and Donald Ray Foerster, and husband of 71 years, John Buchanan.

Her surviving family and a true testament to her love for each one are her children, Marylee Bartoskewitz (George), Johnnie Ellen Hierholzer (Stanley), Cynthia Ann Haynes (Brad), and Jody Lee Buchanan (Roberta); eight grandchildren, Ty Bartoskewitz (Melanie), Marc Bartoskewitz (Rachel), Kyle Hierholzer (Ryann), Kellye Kypuros (Michael), Holly Gaskamp (Sam), Kasey Buchanan, Sarah Spaulding (William), and Connor Buchanan; and nine great-grandchildren, Lane, Tate, Maddin, Reagan, Shiloh, Brooks, Riggs, Mackenzie and Margaret.

The family would like to express appreciation to the Tiffin House staff and Dr. Phillip Woodall in Georgetown, Texas, for their care and love for Mary Ellen for the past year and a half.

Mary Ellen was a blessing from God to all her family, and she will be deeply missed by everyone.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Ebensberger Fisher Funeral Home with interment to follow at Boerne City Cemetery.

To leave condolences for the family and view a video of Mary’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher. com. Arrangements with Ebensberger Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.