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December 21, 1956 – Friday, October 19, 2012

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Buskey Residence, 921 Circle Drive, Buffalo, MN
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Mary Buskey (Mary Jo as her mother always lovingly called her), age 55, died suddenly on Friday evening in a car accident. Mary was always on the go and always looking for a good cup of coffee and someone to sit beside her and “visit.”
Mary grew up on the streets of Buffalo and told many stories about riding her horse around town. She would talk about having her horse in the back yard and it would look in the window and scare her mom while she was doing dishes. She loved horses and wanted to buy one for her grandchildren. She got a lot of joy knowing her granddaughters went to kindergarten in her old kindergarten classroom. Mary graduated from Buffalo High School. She admitted that she did not want to continue her education and said, “All I could think about was being a mom.” However, her mother, Elsie Anderson was successful in insisting that she complete some sort of job training “just in case.” Mary completed her LPN nurses training quickly and was pregnant with her first child at her graduation ceremony. Over the years Mary said she was thankful for her mother’s wisdom and also so thankful that she loved being a mom even more than she ever imagined she would.
Mary found so much time to enjoy her children and grandchildren and even more remarkably found time for ever so many others. Mary invited many into her home and heart over the years as a foster care provider, often providing hospice care. Mary was intentional about honoring the dignity of life and of death. The care she gave was a team effort and Mary’s family was her team. She often said how proud she was of her family for the love they freely share.
Mary loved the water, shopping, and exploring new places. Mary Jo was a very fashionable grandma that loved a good cup of Starbucks coffee while window shopping for Coach Purses. She had quite a sweet tooth and loved a good caramel. She enjoyed rearranging furniture and looking through home magazines. Her favorite shows were Andy Griffith and Everybody Loves Raymond and her phone even had an Andy Griffith ring tone. She liked the simple life and old fashioned values. She was on a first name basis at her favorite restaurants and Starbucks. She loved to eat out with family but could cook a mean meatloaf and meatballs.

She loved to spend time with family and her greatest joy was to spend time with her grandchildren. She led a selfless life lovingly caring for others because it made her feel good and it was the right thing to do. She was kind with her words but always said what she felt. She was proud of her children and loved them dearly. She was a good Christian example for anyone who met her….she was loved by all. She always laughed with her whole heart and gave you her undivided attention when she was with you. She made the most of the time that she had with people, filling each day to the brim. She lived in the moment. She was always there for anyone who needed her and she always gave her all.
Mary’s friends and family are missing her greatly and also inspired by her to continue her legacy of compassion and generosity. Mary was sister to Karen Sue, wife to Bill, mom to Jon, Katie, Jenny, Ben, Ashley, Bill Jr., Jeremiah, and Elizabeth, and grandma to Shelby, Molly, Anna, Ava, Sophia, Quinten, and Adrianna…and her dog Charlie misses her, too.

31 Guestbook Entries

  1. Theresa Pierce

    Mary Jo Family; We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending you healing energy and love.
    Pierce Family and neighbor

  2. steve jeske

    John and family; So sorry to hear of the tragedy. God has Mary Jo now.

    steve & Karen

  3. Colleen Berglund

    I am stunned and saddened to learn of Mary Jo’s passing. My condolences to her family and her sister, Karen.

  4. Tracy Gutknecht

    Bill and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a wonderful person. She was just an amazing person and a dear friend to our family when we needed her, as were all of you.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.
    The Gutknecht’s

  5. Sandra Trees

    So shocked to hear about this tragedy. So many amazing memories of our growing up years together. My heartfelt condolences to all the family. May God grant you much grace and strength through this very difficult time.

  6. Adrienne J. (Husom) Murray

    So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Val Sandusky

    I was shocked to hear of Mary’s death. I worked with her years ago and though only knowing her briefly, she stands out in my memory as a kind, decent human being. I am so sorry.

  8. Kay Erickson

    Our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. Love in Christ.

  9. Nancy Speedy

    Saddened to hear of Mary’s passing.
    Her life plan is now complete. My thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  10. Mary Cavanaugh

    Bill, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Kate & families:
    I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing! She was truly an Angel! She touched my life so deeply, by the loving care she took of my Mom, Claire. Your families kindness and generosity will leave a lasting mark on everyone she touched.

    May God bless & comfort your family at this difficult time.

  11. Anita Abbott and Emmett Dillon

    Mary will be missed greatly. I wish we could have camped together more often. I am praying for Bill and the family.

  12. Kristi dean

    So sorry to hear about Mary. Thoughts and prayers to your family. I am Kim’s niece.

  13. denise banz

    Bill, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Kate and family; We are so saddened by the passing of Mary. She was a very loving, spiritual person. The loving, caring moments our mother (Mary Jean Miller) spent with your wonderful family were a gift. You are all in our prayers.

  14. Joan and Arlie Manz

    What a shock to read this today. Our sympathy is with each one of you. She was so special and loved so much.

  15. Wayne and Kimberly Elmer

    Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of your loved one.

  16. Amy Anderson

    To Mary’s family: Bill, Jenny & Wade and their family, Kate & Eric and their family, Karen and her family and all lives touched,
    I am so saddened to hear of Mary Jo’s tragic passing. She was such a remarkable lady with a pure soul who made everyone instantly feel loved. We were blessed with an angel on earth through Mary. I will miss her sweet smile, her warm embrace and tender heart.

  17. Stanley Joseph Anderson, JR

    Our family is deeply saddened by this tragic loss. We send our deepest sympathy to all who loved Mary Jo. I am reflecting today on coast to coast, cross country trips which stopped in Buffalo to see Aunt Elsie, Karen & Mary Jo. The visit in Buffalo was always a highlight of the trip. Mary Jo will be greatly missed.

  18. Kathi Aho

    Thinking of you in your inconceivable loss. May you find strength to get through. I would have loved to meet Mary. I felt as though I knew a little of her through Jon and Kim. Bill and kids: your hearts are huge; even through such a loss, you have made time to care about the others involved in the accident. May your hearts eventually heal a bit and memories of Mary give comfort in your longing for her.

  19. Cathy Johnson

    Dear Bill and your awesome family; I was just thinking of you and Mary last week. I was the manager of Starbucks (Target) from 2007 till 2010. I still have Mary’s phone number on my cell. Mary helped me so much with advice about my parents and how to get them care. She was awesome. I love your family and always looked forward to seeing the two of you almost every day. I am so sorry, I am still in shock. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Love you, Cathy Johnson

  20. Kerri Ebertowski

    Bill & kids,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss! To say that Mary touched the hearts of every person she met is an understatement! Her loss is felt by many far and wide! I feel blessed to have been able to know her! You will all forever remain in my heart and in my prayers!
    Kerri Ebertowski
    (former Starbucks Barista)

  21. Dianne McLaiin

    To Mary Jo’s family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  22. Laurie Molzahn

    To Mary Jo’s family, I just can’t find the words to express my sympathies. Other than I am so sorry for your loss. Karen, we shared so many wonderful times with Mary Jo when our kids were little. My heart aches for you. You are all in my prayers.


    Bill and kids: My deepest condolences to your family on the loss of Mary. She was such a special, caring person. The family took care of my sister, Linda, and she so loved it at your place. Can’t help but think that now Mary and Linda are having coffee with the other angels. Again, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  24. Julie Fritz

    I am so saddened to read of Mary’s sudden death. The world and your family is suffering a great loss. You and your family took such loving care of our mother, Eileen Isaacson, for 5 years till she died on July 17, 2005. I have thought of your family often and were so grateful to have known you.

  25. Tracy Jansen

    I am deeply saddened for your loss! I am so lucky to have known her. I first met Mary and her family during Elsie’s last months, then re-connected a couple years later at the coffee house in Maple Lake. She was always smiling and so kind. She shared many stories with me but mostly talked about her family that she loved so much. I am so, so, sorry for your loss…I will miss her!!!

  26. Julie Fritz

    My mother (Eileen Isaacson) stayed the last 5 years of her life with your family. She died 7/17/2005. I hope to never forget what a blessing your home was to me and her. I have thought of your family often and I am feeling your loss also. Let God take care of you.

  27. Cindy Jacobson

    Mary will be missed by many.
    She took such good care of my niece, Joanne, with love & compassion. I know Joanne was waiting for her with open arms.

  28. Cindy Jacobson

    Bill & family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the tragic of Mary. What a very special person she was! She took such wonderful care of my niece, Joanne. I am sure Joanne was waiting with open arms when Mary arrived in heaven.

  29. Randine Peterson McColl

    My thoughts and prayers reach out to you, Karen Sue, and all of Mary’s family and friends. Once again I have been reminded to not take life for granted. I was reminiscing not so long ago about my Grandma Olga living in the apartment in your house and the wonderful memories of how happy she was there as Elsie and the girls were just upstairs and our family was just around the corner. God’s arms will embrace Mary Jo in welcome and will be comforting you at the same time. May Peace be with you.

  30. Sue Sandberg

    Bill, Jeremiah and Elizabeth; It takes my breath away to learn of your mom and wife’s death. It cuts through my spirit to try and grasp her death and the impact upon you three. I am deeply sorry…and want you to know Denny and I are always here for you. 612-924-3628
    With deep love and sympathy, Sue

  31. Mavis Johnson Vandegrift

    To Mary Jo’s family,
    My condolences to all of you. I was so shocked to hear the sad news. It is a great loss to all of us.
    Cousin Mavis Johnson Vandegrift & family


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