Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Buchko looks back on time with Gray Ladies

By MEGAN HUGHES

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IRONWOOD - Looking back, Joan Buchko of Ironwood remembers her time serving in the Gray Ladies fondly.

The Gray Ladies was an organization dedicated to the support of their communities, providing friendly, recreational services to patients in local and military hospitals notably during the world wars, according to her son, Tom Buchko.

The group was affiliated with the American Red Cross and was formed of volunteers that donned grey and white uniforms. During World War II, the group expanded to almost 50,000 women nationwide.

The Ironwood branch got its s...