Alberta Buss, 89 - January 11, 2014Alberta Esther Buss, 89, of Gothenburg passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
Cremation was chosen. There will be no services conducted at this time.
Buss was born Feb. 3, 1924, at Milwaukee, WI, daughter of Peter Gust, Sr. and Esther (Kroyer) Gust. She was baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Milwaukee.
One of her earliest memories was in May of 1928, according to family members, when she attended a parade to see Charles A. Lindbergh after he had flown the first solo flight across the Atlantic.
She attended grade school at Holy Redeemer in Milwaukee and received a four-year scholarship to attend Pius XI High School in Milwaukee.
While attending high school, she was very active in many clubs including debate team, editor of the school paper, president of Sodality, honor roll for four years, member of National Honor Society, a member of the Journalism Members Society, and received several recognition pins for her achievements in journalism. While attending high school, she was also taking college prep courses.
After high school, she was employed at Badger Meter Company in Milwaukee. The company made water meters but was converted to making bomb fuses for World War II, employing 80 women. Buss remained on the assembly line for three years.
While employed, she attended Miss Brown’s School of Business in the evenings so she would have secretarial skills for a job at the end of the war.
During that time, she became friends with six female coworkers and they spent Friday nights roller skating, dancing the jitterbug, playing cards, attending ballets and plays, going bowling and going to church socials. These women remained friends throughout their entire lives spending many years creating memories together, according to family members.
During a church event, she met Arnold Buss in 1945, and they married Sept. 14, 1946. Together, the couple resided in the Milwaukee area until 1959 when they moved to Cedarburg, WI.
While raising six children, Buss was employed as a sales clerk at Sears, full-time as a secretary/bookkeeper at a few different companies and spent 24 years as an assistant cashier at the Newburg State Bank from which she retired in 1982.
?She also sewed most of the families clothes, taught herself to become an excellent cook, baked thousands of breads, rolls, etc. and put up even more canned or frozen vegetables and fruits. Her famous pineapple squares recipe was loved by all and there’s not been a relative yet that can make it as delicious as she could, the family said.
Buss and her husband moved to Kingman, AZ, in 1983 and spent 27 years of retirement traveling, camping and volunteering at church, the Mohave County Museum and Kingman Area Food Bank.
She enjoyed handiwork and crocheting, making several beautiful quilts. She was a loving, patient, very hard-working wife, mother and grandmother, and will always be remembered by her children as their pillar and role model as her light always shown through her example of caring for others, family members said.
Buss was preceded in death by: her husband, Arnold, on March 25, 2013; her parents, Peter and Esther Gust; brothers—Herbert and Peter.
Survivors include: her children, sons—David (Karenne) of Kingston, MA, and children, Jennifer and Michelle; and Alan of Grafton, WI; Bill (Jody) of Cedarburg, WI, and children, Shannon, Heidi and Jared; Robert (Donna) of Las Vegas, NV, and children, Tyler, Austin and Haley; daughters—Jean (Dan) Schaich of The Villages, FL, and son, Jay Quass; Linda (Dan) Butterfield of Gothenburg and children, Erin and Benjamin Fritch; great-grandchildren—Rebekah, Rachel, Sara, Maisy, Chasyn, Dalton, Lane, Sawyer, Tyler and John-John; special friend since 1938, Sister Leanne Jean Herda from Wisconsin; special friends since 1943, Norma Wallner and Gladys Wickert from Wisconsin.
Memorials are suggested to Plum Creek Care Center, 1505 N. Adams St., Lexington, NE 68850, and the Alzheimer’s Association 1500 S. 70th St. Suite 201 Lincoln, NE 68506.