Esther Ann Buck
Esther Ann Buck, 96, Stevens Point, died Monday, Dec. 19,
No memorial service will be held.
Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano assisted with arrangements.
Mrs. Buck, who was known best as Ann, was born a daughter of
the late William C. and Esther Hansen. She spent her childhood in Oconto. She
graduated from Stoughton High School.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
1943, with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health as a registered nurse.
She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, was shipped out to
Oran, North Africa, and was stationed in Naples, Italy, at the end World War II.
She lived in the Philippines during the early years of her
marriage to Peer Buck.
When they returned to the U.S., she began raising and
showing champion Irish setters. Upon moving to Plover, she ran the Muckamoor
Kennel between 1960 and 1995, providing dog grooming and pet boarding services.
She became a professional dog handler and showed dogs multiple times at the
Westminster Dog Show in New York City.
Mrs. Buck also worked for the Waushara County Health
Department from 1972 until her retirement in 1986.
In retirement, she remained active in health care issues by
serving on boards and committees of the Wisconsin Public Health Association,
Portage County Commission on Aging, Northern Area Agency on Aging, Portage County
Long-Term Support Planning Committee, Adult Day Care Center Advisory Council
and on a panel convened by then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She was a board member and volunteer at the Humane Society of
Portage County, a peer counselor for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and
charter member and first president of the Stevens Point Area League of Women
In 1994, she was awarded the Alfred Hirsch Award for
Advocacy by the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups.
Survivors include one sister, Ruth Sanderson, Michigan; special
friends, Rose Marie Durst, Judy Bablitch, Jon Cronce and Andy Salzwedel.