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Helen Joan Busha, 87, of Weston, WI passed away on November 24, 2021, at Pride TLC assisted center in Weston. Her passing was due to natural causes.
Helen was the daughter of George and Mary Sommerfield. She was born February 15, 1934, in Garrison, North Dakota. Her father passed away in 1965 and her mother in 1984. Helen was the youngest of three children. Her sister, Frances Stanys, passed away in 1981 and her brother, Robert passed away in 2018.
Helen attended Oshkosh High School in Oshkosh, WI. In 1953, she married Joseph William “Bill” Busha at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. They had four children, Steven Joseph of Wausau, Jeffery William (Dianna) of Weston, Kathryn Mary (Nicholas) Bruyer of Henderson, NV, and Lawrence James of Schofield. The family moved to Wausau in 1967. She lost her husband Bill in 1969.
For 26 years Helen worked in the purchasing department of the Marathon County Health Center. She had a fine voice and for many years sang with the St. Stephen Lutheran Church choir, the Wausau Lyric Choir, and the Wausau Senior Chorus. She was called upon as a soloist to perform Holy Night and Christmas Eve services at St. Stephen, as well as at numerous weddings and funeral services. Helen enjoyed sewing and quilting and gifted many of her pieces to the family. She spent much of her last 30 years commuting between Wausau and Lehigh Acres, Florida with her friend and partner, Louie Carter. She enjoyed many events with her and Louie’s family over the years, including cabin weekends, birthday celebrations, and trips to the local casino. Mr. Carter passed away in 2017.
Helen is survived by her four children, and grandchildren, Brian (Emily), Jason (Tia), Jordan and Brady Busha, Shannon Graveen (Dan), and William Aldrich. Her grandchild Angela Page passed away in 2012. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Austin, Isabella, and Carly Page, Graham and Nora Busha, Joe and Jack Graveen.
The family would like to acknowledge the tender care given to Helen at Pride TLC and Aspirus Hospice.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 512 McClellan St, Wausau, WI. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Immediately following the service the family will be traveling to Oshkosh for the burial at Lake View Memorial Cemetery.
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