Juanita Buxkemper, 96, of Schulenburg, Texas, died October 13, 2022 in Schulenburg, Texas.
She was born on October 28, 1925 in Westphalia, Texas. She was the fourth of eight children born to Henry and Antoinette Beach. The family’s Catholic faith was particularly important, and much of their life revolved around the Catholic Church. Juanita’s baptism, first communion, confirmation and first marriage took place at the Visitation Church in Westphalia, Texas. The church also operated a parochial school. She attended this school for all of her grammar and high school years except her senior year. Her senior year, she attended Rosebud High School and graduated in 1943. She enjoyed sports and played basketball during her school years and was the team captain.
She always had an outgoing personality from an early age. It was easy for her to make friends and she was friends with many. These traits were evident throughout his life.
After graduating, she worked on the family farm for two years before meeting and marrying Arthur Reichl, a Chicago Army serviceman stationed in Temple, Texas. After their marriage, they moved to Chicago, Illinois. They were married for twenty years and had three children: Barbara, Charlene (d. 1952) and Douglas. During this period, she worked in the restaurant business to help support the family. She started in small restaurants, then worked in some of the best restaurants in Chicago. She was friends with her clients who affectionately called her “Tex”, many of whom became lifelong friends. Her demanding job allowed the family to live a comfortable middle-class life in suburban Chicago.
After the annulment of her first marriage, a new chapter opens in her life. She met and fell in love with Leonard Buxkemper, who was originally from Texas. In 1968 they married in Joliet, Illinois. Leonard went to work at an employment agency while she continued in the restaurant business. In 1972, they decide to return to Texas. Together they opened Hallmark Personnel, an employment agency in Houston. This was possible thanks to the seed money provided by the sale of the house in Chicago that she had worked so hard to pay for over the years. From 1972 to 1983 they ran a successful business. This allowed them to build a beautiful house in Wimberley, Texas. They were also able to travel the world and see the sights of Europe, Asia, South Africa and other beautiful tourist destinations.
They retired in 1983, but after two years of retirement they decided to open another personnel agency in Austin. After a few successful years in Austin, they finally decide to retire for good. At that time, they purchased a fifth wheel motorhome and set off to tour the entire United States, Canada, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. During those years, they found time between their travels to be wonderful grandparents to their four grandchildren. She enjoyed the camaraderie and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Jahns; sisters-in-law, Nita Beach, Dolores Beach and Lillian Beach; his children, Barbara Griffiths and Douglas (Susan) Reichl; grandchildren, Scott Griffiths, owner, Live Oak Distribution LLC, Renee (Yannig) Reichl Luthra, Ph.D., Dr. Erik Reichl and Matthew Reichl Ph.D.; and great-granddaughter Michele-Christine Luthra. She is also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews of the Beach, Reichl and Buxkemper families.
Family and friends are cordially invited for a visitation on Monday, October 17, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar, TX. A parish rosary was held at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral mass followed at 10 a.m., with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. The burial took place at the Saint-Michel Catholic cemetery in Weimar.
In lieu of the usual flowers and keepsakes, contributions in Juanita’s memory may be directed to MD Anderson Hospital Cancer Center at gifts.mdanderson.org.
Online condolences can be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.