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August 5, 1940 – August 16, 2022

Mary Daphne (Duffy) Busch, age 82, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 16, at home.

Preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Louise Meteraud, and siblings Jack, Pat, Jean, Julie, and James.

Survived by her husband of 57 years, Merrill, and her heartbroken family, Christopher and Joni Busch, Jennifer Busch, and Dr. Amy and Aaron Gjerde, and five grandchildren, Mason, Madeleine, and Maxemilion Busch, and Henrik and Christian Finn Gjerde; sister Donna (Chuck) Erickson, brother, Thomas Meteraud, numerous nieces and nephews, and dozens of dear friends.

Little more than a day later, she was joined in heaven by her dearest friend of many years, Pat,  who had been in hospice care, and over whose illness she was broken hearted.

A graduate of Superior Central High School and the University of Minnesota, Duffy’s life was a kaleidoscope of interests and activities, as a wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, publisher, chef, hostess, historian, and preservationist (including restoration of the Rand House in Monticello, MN, as a B&B, which she hosted for more than 25 years).  A friend, mother, confidant and advisor to many; her sunny smile, boundless enthusiasm and energy, and caring nature endeared her to everyone she met – our world revolved around her.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, from 5-8 PM, with prayer service at 7 PM, at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00 AM with reviewal one hour prior at St. Michael Catholic Church, in St. Michael, MN.

A former member and lifelong friend of the Basilica of St Mary, in lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be directed to the Basilica’s Legacy Fund.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cindy (Crandall) Bruckbauer

    Dear Merill, Christopher, Jennifer and Amy; my family would like to offer their dearest condolence on the loss of your wife and mother Duffy Busch. We all have very fond memories of her from our youth, growing up at Beebee lake and spending summers with you all. Our words cannot express our deep sadness for your loss, but our thoughts and prayers are most certainly with you at this difficult time.

  2. Arnelle J Monson

    I am in a total state of heart broken disbelief at the passing of my friend and fellow cheerleader Mary Duffy Meteraud Busch. You were so loved. Rest In Peace. Cooch

  3. MyLe Hoang

    On behalf of the Hoang family, we extend our deepest sympathy for your great loss. Duffy was and always will be a significant figure in our family history. We were the lucky recipients of her and her family’s generosity as they took 11 Vietnamese refugees into their Minneapolis home when we first landed in the US. With nothing but the clothes on our backs, they helped us settle into the US and become productive citizens. Words alone cannot convey the depth of our gratitude. May God keep you in His care and may your legacy of goodwill live on in the hearts of those you’ve touched. Rest in peace.

  4. The Lehne’s

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers 🙏

    The Lehne’s

  5. Jenny & Jonah Lippert (Holy Spirit Academy)

    We are mourning the loss of Duffy with you, and are overcome with gratitude for her life and beautiful witness of kindly love. She was such a radiant and peaceful presence, and we are awed by having gotten to know her even such a short time. Love and prayers.


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