Jerome “Joe” Buza, 87, Plover, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 9th, 2015, at Whispering Pines assisted living center in Plover.
Joe was born on his family farm in Arnott, Wisconsin, on December 31st, 1927, to the late Mary (Adamski) & Leo Buza. He attended school through eighth grade at the Prairie School in Arnott.
He was united in marriage to Marion Adams on January 20th, 1951, at St. Bronislava Parish in Plover, Wisconsin. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Jed and Mary Jo.
He helped on the family dairy farm through age 21, and also began his own milk hauling business, until he became a truck driver with Advance United Expressways, Inc., Milwaukee, WI in 1948. He traveled to various Mid-western states on his hauls.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 20th 1954, serving as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the 93rd Transportation Company. He served 18 months overseas in Germany specializing as a Tractor Scraper Operator. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Army of Occupations Medal (Germany), the Good Conduct Medal and Expert (M-1) SO 91 Hq 10th Trans Group recognition. He was honorably discharged as Specialist 3rd Class on June 8th, 1956, and returned to Advance United Expressways until his early retirement in 1978 to help his loving wife care for their children.
Joe cherished his family and especially devoted a good portion of his life to the caretaking of his son, Jed, who had been born with Cerebral Palsy. He spent as much time as he could tweaking and working on equipment to help make Jed’s life easier. He transported and attended numerous functions that Jed had become involved in over the years. His undying love for Jed and his whole family was extremely evident.
Joe enjoyed traveling with his family, playing cards, watching the Packers and Brewers games, building, gardening and doing yard work. He took great pride in his home he helped build in Plover and he enjoyed his time spent at the family cottage in Amherst. It was a place for him to unwind and relax. He was greatly known for his humor along with his ingenuity when it came to making something out of nothing. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he looked forward to seeing them every day. He had a special companionship with his grandson, Mitchell, as they often worked on projects together.
Joe is survived by one daughter, Mary Jo (Chad) Steckel of Plover; granddaughter, Brittany (Kyle) Zarecki of Stevens Point; grandson, Mitchell Steckel, Plover. Three brothers, Gerald Buza, Plover, Fred (Ida Mae) Buza, Spring Hill, Florida, LeRoy (Karen) Buza, Stevens Point. One sister, Bridget Kerr, Stevens Point, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Aside from his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Marion in December of 2006; and his son, Jed in October of 2008. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Buza and sister, Florence Augustine.
Visitation for Joe will be held on Thursday, August 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bronislava Parish, Plover. Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish cemetery following the Mass. Pisarski Community Funeral Home, Plover, is honored to be serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Joe’s niece, Karen Trzebiatowski, and the staff of Whispering Pines for their special care of Joe during his short time as a resident there. Your devotion to making him comfortable and feel at home did not go un-noticed.