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Dorothy Busker

The funeral service for Dorothy Busker was held Feb. 7, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Stephen Meltzer presiding.

Dorothy Irvena Busker, 93, passed away Feb. 3, 2013, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, with her children at her side.

Dorothy was born May 8, 1919, in Echo, Minn., to William and Minnie (Preuss) Macklanburg, where she grew up on the family farm. There she met her husband, Anton Henry "Tony" Busker, and they were married Feb. 11, 1935, in Otter Tail County.

Dorothy and her family moved to Wadena in 1945. As a longtime resident, she was very active in St. John Lutheran Church, participating in the Women's Guild and LWML. She also assisted the pastor serving communion once a month for 21 years at Fair Oaks Lodge.

Dorothy was able, with a quiet manner, to listen to those in need and comfort and console them. She was a true caregiver, always there to assist those in need.

Dorothy enjoyed bowling, helping others, entertaining and cooking for family and friends. Members of the community may remember her as an employee at the Rexall Drug Store and the Red Owl Store.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, in 1991; parents, William and Minnie Macklanburg; sisters, Alvira Helmrichs, Aleda Hannebuth Monson, Beatrice Busker and Leona Newell; brother, Herbert Macklanburg; daughter-in-law, Marlys Busker; and son-in-law, William Burns.

She is survived by her son, Don Busker, of Detroit Lakes; daughters, Phyllis Burns of Wadena and Judy Busch of Stillwater; as well as eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was an inspiration to her family and friends, as exemplified by her strong Christian faith.

Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Burns, Shelley Fischer, John Burns, Ryan Iversen, Scott Busker, Mark Busker, Vicki Bedford and Chris Busch.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Deer Creek, and arrangements were with Schuller Family Funeral Home's Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.