Joseph Richard Lacher, 75, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas surrounded by his loving family.
Joe, as he was affectionately known to all, had been a resident of Brownsville for over 40 years. Joe was a nurse who touched the lives of all those he cared for at both Valley Baptist and Valley Regional Medical Centers. Joe also inspired the nursing students under his tutelage at UTB.
Joe, a devout Catholic, attended Mass regularly at Immaculate Conception Cathedral where he was also a member of the choir. Joe was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by his family, friends, and students but by all those fortunate enough to have known him.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents: Eva and Remigus Lacher and his siblings: Philip, Clara, John, and Cathy.
Joe is survived by his two brothers: George M. and his wife Paulette and David C. Lacher, numerous nieces, nephews, Manny and other extended family members and Manny.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and continue through 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017, in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home with the recitation of the Holy Rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Darling-Mouser. Visitation will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August, 7, at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1218 E. Jefferson with the Funeral Mass scheduled at 10:00 a.m. All services will conclude after the Mass, and in accordance with Joe’s wishes cremation will follow.
Jan Lacher Nordin, Manny Tejada, Norma M. Silva RN, Virginia M. Maxwell RN, Pedro Tejada Jr., and Jose Tovar are honored to be serving as Joe’s pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Joe’s name may be made to Assumption Abbey, 418 3rd Ave. W, Richardton, ND 58652, 701-974-3315 and www.assumptionabbey.com.
My deepest condolences to all the Lacher family. May you rest in peace Mr. Lacher. You were a true inspiration to me & the nursing community. You believed in me/us. Heaven gained a true Angel.
Cynthia Robbins, RNCBrownsville, TX
My sincere condolence to the Lacher family and the nursing community in the RGV. Joe was a wonderful person, a caring friend and an outstanding nurse and nurse educator. His life touched many and he will be greatly missed
Lydia BartonFort Walton Beach, FL
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Lacher's passing. I worked with him in the Nursing Department at UTB for about 8 years. He was such a nice man, very dedicated.
Nery BuenrostroBrownsville, TX
May you Rest In Peace Mr. Lacher. Our sincere condolences to the family for your loss. Mr. Lacher was truly an exceptional nursing instructor with such great patience for all his students. I know I wouldn't be where I am at right now without Mr. Lacher's help and guidance.
Julio Gonzalez RN CDP
Spanish Meadows Nursing Center - Brownsville
Julio GonzalezBrownsville, TX
My sincerest condolences to the Lacher family. Mr Lacher was an amazing instructor and a great man with a heart of gold. He was a pivotal member of the nursing community in the Rio grande valley. He was my nursing instructor for most of my classes over 22yrs ago. Every time I ran into him he had a smile on his face. He always took the time to catch up and ask how my family and I were. He will truly be missed.
Sonia Ortiz-Leon RNBrownsville, TX
Mr. Lacher, thanks for teaching me to have a passion for my profession. You leave us great memories. Rest in peace.
Blanca AndradeBrownsville, TX
Mr. Lacher was an incredibly amazing person, who was loved by many. To me however, was the representation of a wonderful human being and a caring nurse could ever be. Altough I was just one of many student, I can say that he touched my life in such a beautiful way. I'm sad for your departure but I know that you are no longer in pain. My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Lacher.
Thanya LopezBrownsville, TX
I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. JOE WAS ONE OF A KIND. HE WAS MY FIRST NURSING SUPERVISOR AT VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 42 YEARS AGO AS I WAS A NEW GRADUATED. I WORKED IN THE OR, WHEN THEN WERE SHORT STAFFED ON THE FLOOR, HE WOULD COME AND SEE WHO HE COULD PULL TO HELP OUT ON THE FLOOR. ( WE ALL HATED THIS), SO I ASKED HIM OK YOU SEND US OUT TO HELP THEM, WHO HELPS US WHEN WE ARE BUSY, I TOLD HIM NO ONE. HE LAUGHT AND SAID U ARE RIGHT BUT GO DO IT FOR ME, AND THE NEXT TIME U NEED HELP IN SURGERY, COME AND GET ME. ( I THOUGHT YHEA)
WELL IT DID HAPPEN AND IN WENT TO HIS OFFICE AND TOLD HIM WE WERE SHORT STAFF AND NEEDED A NURSE TO HOLD RECTATORS ON A LONG CASE, I EXPECTED FOR HIM TO LAUGHT AT ME, INSTEAD HE WENT BACK TO OR WITH ME AND CHANGE INTO SCRUBS AND HE SCRUB IN AND HELP ON THIS CASE. HE HAD MY TRUE RESPECT AT THAT MOMENT.
OVER THE LAST 42 YEARS, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE HAD MORE BOSSES LIKE JOE.
I WOULD LOVE TO JOIN YOU ALL TONIGHT AND AM SORRY THAT I CAN NOT BE THERE
wILHELMINA METZGER CODYsan benito, TX
A great loss to the nursing profession...Thank you for inspiring me to continue my education and being an inspiration to so many other nurses. You will be dearly missed.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Lacher.
Blanca Cruz. MSN, FNP-BCBrownsville, TX
My most deepest condolences to Mr.Lacher's family. He was a beautiful person and an exceptional teacher. He will be missed by many.
Ileana HinojosaBrownsville, TX
My condolences to the Lacher family
Belinda Cano, TX
Thank you Mr Lacher, for all you taught me while I was in your RN classes. You will be dearly missed. RIP
Rosie TorresTraverse City, MI
You will be Greatly Missed! May You Rest In Peace! Thank You for All You Did for Your Nursing Students.
Roger Cruz, RNBrownsville, TX
He was a wonderful man and encouraged me in times when I was struggling. I am thankful to have known him.
Alia DickensonMcallen, TX
Rest In Peace Mr Lacher, you were a great nursing mentor to many of us nurses. You will always be remembered for your great wisdom of nursing practices. 😪🙏
Nora T VasquezRaymondville, TX
Mr Lacher, you and my other college professors educated and inspired many; including myself and my sister Sue Ann Lopez RN who was also your student, she died several years ago due to complications from diabetes.
Harry Jack GraybillOlmito, TX