Orianna Neva Buchmayer Haman, 88, of Newport Township, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Solon Care Center.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 26 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial was at the Newport Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Beef up Our Troops. Online condolences may be sent to Orianna’s family through the web at www.gayandciha.com .
Orianna was born July 9, 1924, to Joseph and Neva (Kessler) Buchmayer. She graduated from Iowa City High School in 1942 and was a regular attendee of class reunion events. She never forgot she was part of the Class of 1942 and wrote the words to the class song. She worked at the First National Bank before marrying Robert Haman Jan. 9, 1947, in Iowa City. They farmed in the Newport Township area. She also worked at University High school for six years.
Orianna was a 4-H leader for over 40 years. As a 4-H leader, she not only taught club members things like how to sew and how to refinish furniture, but also impacted the lives of many young people by teaching life skills, creative problem solving and being a positive role model. She taught Sunday school at the Solon United Methodist Church for many years.
Orianna was active in the Johnson County Farm Bureau Program. At one time she was the county safety chair, leading a campaign for slow moving vehicle signs and helping locate stop signs within the county. She was a longtime member of the Johnson County Sheep and Wool Growers Association. She also volunteered at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids where she was named volunteer of the year in 1996. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Uthoff of Iowa City and grandchildren Sarah Uthoff and Robbie Uthoff (Jen), sister Jean (Elmer) Hahn and sister-in-laws, Leona Buchmayer and Joan Haman, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Karl.