A Deansboro farmer is picking up the pieces after a devastating fire claimed the life of his wife and destroyed his home. And the community is coming together to help.

Fire broke out at Bob Buschor's farm Sunday, March 25th on State Route 315 as he was milking cows with his son Robert. Mary Lou, Bob's wife of 39 years died in the blaze.

Bob is in the hospital being treated for second degree burns and smoke inhalation. His son Robert is also being treated for smoke inhalation and they don't have health insurance. The family is now faced with unexpected hospital bills, funeral cost and the possibility of lingering health problems.

"Bob and Robert are the hardest working people I know. Anytime I've ever needed anything, my uncle has never turned me away. If there is anyone in the world that deserves a helping hand, it's these guys," says Chuck Buschor who started a Go Fund Me page to help.

Another Go Fund Me page has been set up by the Waterville Central School class of 2000. Plans are to merge the two but all money from both pages will go to the family.

Plato's Closet in New Hartford stepped in to help by donating clothing for the family. Drop boxes have been set up for donations in the lobby of the Waterville bus garage along with Waterville, Hamilton and Oriskany Falls libraries.

Items Needed:
Bath towels & wash cloths
Kitchen towels
Cleaning supplies, sponges/paper towels
Tissues/toilet paper/personal hygiene

Help is also need to fix up a house across the street from the farm. Anyone that has experience in plumbing, electrical or furnace work can contact Chuck Buschor on his Facebook page or Jared Eastman.

"It needs a new roof, new siding, some minor foundation repairs and a fair bit interior work as well," says Chuck Buschor. "There's no insulation in the ceiling either. Anything anyone is willing to do to help fix it up is appreciated."

Memorial services for Mary Lou will be held at 3pm Saturday, March 31 at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home in Waterville.
Interment is private at the convenience of her family. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1-3pm prior to the service

Chuck Buschor