Francine Elizabeth Buchanan, 82, of Darien, died in her home on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Mrs. Buchanan was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y. on Dec. 14, 1930, the daughter of the late Donald Francis and Mary (Ferris) LaPointe. Mrs. Buchanan graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in English, and soon after married the late Warren D. Buchanan. Before moving to Darien they lived in Washington D.C. where Mrs. Buchanan worked for the N.S.A.

An active member of the Darien community for 50+ years, Mrs. Buchanan was owner and director of Shepherd Personnel Placement Services, placement coordinator for both the Darien Convalescent Center and the Catherine Gibbs School in Norwalk, as well as the Children’s Education Director at St Paul’s Church Darien. Her community service included the founding of “CanDo,”an environmental action group focused on cleaning and protecting the rivers and streams in Darien, being a longstanding member of the DAR, serving multiple-terms on the Darien Housing Authority Commission, and being a founding member of St Paul’s Church, Darien and later, an active member of Church of the Apostles, Fairfield. Mrs. Buchanan was a proud and active thirty-year Friend of Bill.

A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Mrs. Buchanan is survived by her four children: Jeanne E Buchanan, Mary R (Buchanan) Schneider, Donald B Buchanan and his wife, Patricia, and Jeffrey F Buchanan & his wife, Jan; by her six grandchildren: Douglas Schneider, Rachel Schneider, Mary Elizabeth Buchanan, Kathryn Buchanan, Emily Buchanan, and Lindsay Buchanan; her brother, Mortimer LaPointe and her sister, Elizabeth (LaPointe) Hand. She is predeceased by her parents, her sister, Mary LaPointe and her grandson, Kyle Schneider.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Boston Post Road, Darien. A Celebration of her life will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at St Paul’s Church, 471 Mansfield Avenue, Darien.

A private family interment will be held at Valley View Cemetery in Ticonderoga, N.Y. at a later date.  Memorial donations can be made in Mrs. Buchanan’s name to the Alzheimer’s Research Association.

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