Arzella Holland Buechner, 88, poet, opera enthusiast...

January 21, 2001

Arzella Holland Buechner, 88, poet, opera enthusiast

Arzella Holland Buechner, a poet and opera enthusiast, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Alice Manor Nursing Home in Northwest Baltimore. She was 88.

A former longtime resident of the Loch Raven section of Baltimore County, Mrs. Buechner enjoyed writing poetry and maintaining a journal, which became a detailed record of family events. She also liked growing roses.

She and her husband enjoyed attending performances by the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Baltimore Opera Company. She was especially fond of Rosa Ponselle, the noted Baltimore diva, and operas by Verdi and Puccini.

Born Arzella Holland in Fairmount, St. Mary's County, she was the daughter of a Chesapeake Bay pilot. After the death of her parents, she was raised in an orphanage in Tiffin, Ohio, where she graduated from high school.

She moved to Baltimore in the late 1920s to work as a governess, and in 1931 married Anthony W. Buechner Sr. Together, the couple operated a wallpaper hanging business. He died in 1980.

Mrs. Buechner was a member of Bykota House in Towson, the Mountain Club of Maryland and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Baltimore.

Services will be private.

She is survived by a son, Anthony W. Buechner Jr. of Tuscany-Canterbury; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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