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Victoria Lynn Bucher
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  • Music Fund of the Lowcountry Senior Center
    865 Riverland Drive
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“So sorry for your loss ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Johanna Vroon - Charleston, SC

“With great sorrow we learned that Victoria passed away.She was a very kind person and a great singer in our coirMay God be with her and you Roger...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: HANNELORE BOHN - Kiawah Island, SC

“Roger, I am so sorry to read of your loss. It was a long time ago that I worked with your wife at the College of Charleston and then with you briefly...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Anna Hohnadel - Atlantic, VA

“Dear Rodger,My deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved Victoria.Her glorious voice now belongs to the angels.Berta ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Roberta Dwelley

“Rodger,I will be away from Charleston at the time of Victoria's service, so I wanted to send my deepest condolences to you in this message. I fondly...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Deanna McBroom - Charleston, SC

“I will be away from Charleston at the time of Victoria's service, so I wanted to send my deepest condolences to you in this message. I fondly...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Deanna McBroom - Friend

“My dearest diva darling! I will so miss singing with you. I will never forget how much fun we had putting together the recital of duets and solos...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Moser - Charleston, SC

“Rodger, I am so sad to hear that dear Victoria has passed away. I will always cherish our coffee catch up sessions and our recitals. May she Rest In...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Esther Rose Williams - Charleston, SC

“Rodger, Greg and Gloria. My sympathy to all of you. Victoria and I were high school friends, and although our lives went very different ways, we...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: KATHY GASEOR - Lauderhill, FL

“Rodger, I am so sorry to read of Victoria's death. She and Mary-Julia are once again together. I feel your pain. I will try to get to the funeral but...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: ANNE ROYALL - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I am so very sorry to learn of Victoria's passing. We have missed her smiling presence and beautiful voice in the Lowcountry Chorus and she was...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Tensie Campbell - Charleston, SC

“I am saddened to read of Victoria's passing. Her beautiful voice and kind heart remain in my memory long after our singing together in the small...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Kay Haun - North Charleston, SC


Victoria Lynn Bucher, 72, of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Rodger Aldred Smith entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 10, 2019. Her funeral service will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 in Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Victoria was born August 1, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana, daughter of the late Lorenzo "Pete" Bucher and Lillian "Martha" Nash Bucher. She attended St. Casimir's School, St. Joseph High School and graduated from Riley High School in 1965. Victoria graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Philosophy in 1969. She continued her studies in philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington. Victoria returned to South Bend in 1971, joined the South Bend Public Library as a reference librarian in the Main Library's Sociology and Religion Department. In 1978 she transferred to the newly opened Francis Branch Library as Bookmobile Librarian.

On Valentine's Day 1979, during a snowstorm, Victoria married fellow librarian Rodger Smith. In September 1982, Victoria and Rodger moved to Charleston, SC. Victoria joined the staff of the Main Reference Department of the Charleston County Library. In 1984, she moved to the College of Charleston's Library's Collection Development Department where she specialized in government documents. Victoria retired from the College Library in 2003.

Victoria was passionately committed to the life of the mind and to music. Her first passions were theology, philosophy, feminism and politics. In South Bend she was an active member of the Women's Political Caucus. She was Democratic Precinct Chair for her South Bend precinct. Her next great passion was music and singing. In South Bend Victoria was a member of the Symphonic Chorus. Once in Charleston, she devoted her energies to the library and singing. Victoria studied voice at the College of Charleston, regularly performing at student recitals. She was an enthusiastic member of Emily Remington's Singer's Guild, with many happy memories of holiday and special concerts. Victoria sang with several Charleston church choirs, including the Unitarian Church, Church of Our Savior, St. Michael's and Second Presbyterian. During the 1990's to 2007, she was the cantor at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Hasel Street with Mary Julia Royall, music director and organist. Together Mary Julia and Victoria provided beautiful music for Sunday masses, funerals and many weddings. Since 2014 Victoria was a member of the Grace Church Parish Choir and the Lowcountry Senior Center Chorus. Even in compromised health and with physical limitations, Victoria sang in both choirs with passion and joy. She was a member of Grace Church Cathedral.

Victoria is survived by her husband of forty years, Rodger; her sister, Gloria Bucher of Odessa, FL; and her brother, Gregory Bucher of Weeki Wachee, FL.

Memorials may be made to the Music Fund of the Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412.