The Modesto Bee

May 1, 1962 -- Oct. 31, 2004

William R. Bucholtz, 42, of Hilmar died Sunday at Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock. Mr. Bucholtz was a native of Turlock and lifelong resident of Hilmar. He taught seventh-grade language arts at Hilmar Middle School for 15 years. He was a 1980 graduate of Hilmar High School and had a degree in communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He served on the Hilmar Middle School Site Council and was chairman of a variety of school events. He was a member of Hilmar Covenant Church, where he sang in the choir, served on church boards and co-chaired the annual Swedish Smorgasbord. He enjoyed gourmet cooking, travel and the performing arts. He is survived by his father, Rodney Bucholtz of Hilmar; stepmother, Mary Bucholtz of Hilmar; sisters, Susan Azevedo and Michelle Peterson, both of Hilmar; and his grandmother, Adeline Bucholtz of Hilmar. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charis Bucholtz. Visitation from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Allen Mortuary, Turlock. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hilmar Covenant Family Center. Private burial at North Hilmar Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Charis Bucholtz Memorial Scholarship, in care of Farmers and Merchants Bank, 19925 W. First St., Hilmar 95324, or the Hilmar Covenant Church Building Fund, 20056 W. American Ave., Hilmar 95324.