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Joan C. "Bergman" Buser

Seneca, Kansas

05/22/1933 - 05/31/2020

Joan Carolyn (Bergman) Buser, 87, died peacefully May 31, 2020 at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca, Kansas.

She was born May 22, 1933 on a farm north of Baileyville, Kansas to Joseph and Elizabeth Bergman.

Joan attended school in Baileyville and was graduated from Mount St. Scholastica Academy in Atchison, Kansas.  She attended Benedictine College in Atchison and began her teaching career in St. Benedict, Kansas.  She later taught in Sabetha, Kansas and Abilene, Kansas.

On August 23, 1958, Joan married Donald G. Buser at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baileyville, Kansas.  They lived in Kansas City, Kansas where Joan taught in the Kansas City Public Schools and later completed training to teach in a local Montessori School.  Don, Joan, and their three boys later moved to Seneca, Kansas and shortly thereafter, Joan began teaching at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School where she spent the majority of her career.  There she taught elementary grades,  junior high language arts, religion, and music.

Joan is survived by two sons, David and Dan.  Other survivors include three brothers: Elmer, Paul, and Gus Bergman, as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a son, Doug, and her husband, Don.

She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of many bridge clubs over the years.  Her other passions included following the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs.

Joan will be remembered for her dedication to teaching young people and her strong religious faith.

Mass of Christian Burial will be private on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca, Kansas.  The mass will be livestreamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. through the Sts. Peter and Paul website.  A Celebration of Life open to the public will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials may be left in Joan’s memory to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School in Seneca, Kansas.  The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Due to the critical situation our country is in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our website.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be private on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca, Kansas.  The mass will be livestreamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. through the Sts. Peter and Paul website.  A Celebration of Life open to the public will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials may be left in Joan’s memory to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School in Seneca, Kansas.  The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Due to the critical situation our country is in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our website.

Mass of Christian Burial will be private on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca, Kansas.  The mass will be livestreamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. through the Sts. Peter and Paul website.  A Celebration of Life open to the public will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials may be left in Joan’s memory to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School in Seneca, Kansas.  The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Due to the critical situation our country is in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our website.

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  1. Jolene Ruzinok on May 31, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    David and Dan – Our deepest sympathy to you with Aunt Joan’s passing. We will always cherish our last visit with all of us together. The stories, laughs, and wonderful wisdom shared will remain in our hearts always. Love and blessings, Jolene and George

    • Karen (Wassenberg) Weingartner on June 1, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Dan and Dave, I’m so sorry to hear this great lady has passed away. I was just walking past her house the other day wondering how she was doing. Please accept my condolences.

      • Sheryl and Randy Heinen on June 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        Dan and Dave
        So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Steve Koch on June 1, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Dan and Dave,
    Sorry for your loss.

    • Karen and Gary Bradley on June 1, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Dan and Dave we’re so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. I had the pleasure of visiting with your Mom when I went with Darren. She was such a joy and I felt I’d know her my whole life. May she rest in the arms of our Lord and knowing this will bring you peace.

    • Sandy Koch on June 3, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      Dan snd Dave will miss your mom, so sorry for your loss.

  3. Lisa Lummis on June 1, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Dan and Dave,
    So sorry to hear the news about your Mom. What a great lady and teacher! Hope you can find comfort and love in those around you and in all the wonderful memories. My deepest sympathy,
    Lisa Evans-Lummis

    • Jamie Israel on June 1, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      Mr Buser,
      I am so so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!! Please email/call if you need a friend to lean on!!
      Mrs Israel

  4. Linus and Marilyn Ronnebaum on June 1, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Such a wonderful lady. May she rest in Peace.

  5. Randy & Shelly Luebbe on June 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Dave and Dan,
    So sorry to hear the passing of your mother.

  6. Josh L Buser on June 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Dan and Dave, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great teacher, person and Aunt! Wish I could come up for the funeral. Praying for you and your families. Let me know what I can do for you. Josh

  7. Connie Bontrager Holthaus on June 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    David and Dan,

    You have my sympathy in the loss of your mother. Your mother was very kind to me when I was a young girl working at the Dariland. When I would see your mother in Seneca over the years she would always make a point to ask how I was doing.

    Connie Bontrager Holthaus

  8. Bill Holthaus on June 1, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Dan Dave and family. Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with her during different events that brought me back home over the years.

  9. Justin Eisenbarth on June 1, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Dan and Dave,
    I’m sorry for your loss. Prayers for you during this difficult time.

  10. Donna Elder on June 1, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Mrs. Buser was one of my favorite teachers and encouraged my love of written words! I also worked at Dairyland and have such fond memories of Joan and Don. May she Rest In Peace.

    • Joan Ronnebaum Davis on June 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      Dave and Dan I’m sorry for your loss, your mother was always such a caring person. She was one of my favorite teachers.

  11. Tamera Steinlage on June 2, 2020 at 11:57 am

    David and Dan,
    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She will be missed.
    Tamera Steinlage and family

  12. Carol Kohake on June 2, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Your Mother always asked about our Michael. He also is a a HS math teacher. She was a great lady that was dedicated to education. May she Rest In Peace. Also, you might not remember this, but I cut you three boys hair at Hazel’s…Your Dad would always send you back because he wanted the hair shorter…lol Take care!

  13. Mary Ann Vondemkamp on June 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    A great lady. Enjoyed playing bridge with her. Sympathy to you

  14. LaTeshia Rhoad on June 2, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Dan,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    LaTeshia

  15. Judy and Bruce Larkin on June 2, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Our prayers are with your family, she was truly a great person and will be missed.

  16. Bruce Hermesch on June 3, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Dan and Dave, my sympathies to you and your families. Your mom was a sweet lady and a great neighbor.

  17. Loren and Shelly Haverkamp on June 3, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Dan and David,

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was a great teacher from my jr high years. Her class was one of my favorites!
    Prayers and hugs being sent your way

    Shelly and Loren Haverkamp

  18. Ken and Mary Boeckman on June 3, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I just want you to know that my daughter (Rhonda Boeckman Gerke) always said Mrs. Buser was the best English teacher she ever had. I am sure many of the other students she taught felt the same way.

  19. Brad & Lyla Bowser on June 3, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    David & Dan, very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Love the pictures; very nice memories of your family. Our deepest sympathy.

  20. Grace Junk on June 4, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Dan ,David and Elmer Paul, Gus ,
    So sorry to hear of Joans passing! Had a great visit with her at the care home when we were there about a year ago visiting in Kansas from California ! Have many great memories from our childhood ! She was a great lady!
    A cousin, Grace Junk. Our mothers were sisters)

  21. Janelle Bindel Popkess on June 5, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Dan and David, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    J

  22. Kayla (Stallbaumer) Hulsing on June 5, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    A past student here, wishing to send my sympathy to the family. Thanks for everything, Mrs. Buser!

    • Mary Haug on June 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      David and Dan Elmer , Paul and Gus
      We are so sorry for your loss So many good memories of Our childhood Our mothers were sisters also Galen was a classmate
      Mary Ann and Galen

  23. Eileen Bergman on June 6, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Dear Dan And David
    I know this is a sad time and that recent times have been tough. My first memories of Joan go back to 1966 when I often visited with all of you with Chuck. Joan had a loving relationship with Chuck . She was always pleasant, happy to see us and loving to share all of you. We shared teaching experiences and her lovely boys. I send you love and prayers for peaceful days ahead with thanks for all the loving memories that will sustain you. Love you

  24. Lisa Bergman on June 7, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Dear Danny and David,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Aunt Joan always had a loving and open smile and was always so kind to me. I will miss her and I will cherish all of the nice memories. The service yesterday was truly beautiful. I hope it gave you peace. I’m so happy I was able to feel a part of it from afar during this difficult time. Love to you both.
    Cousin Lisa

  25. Brad Stallbaumer on June 15, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Dan and Dave,
    Sorry for the loss of your mom. Dan, for the past several years we’ve seen each other occasionally at the church picnic, and have shared updates about parents and family. Each time I’ve returned to Seneca and drove across town, I’ve thought of Joan as I went by your family home, and wondered how she was doing. Even after all these years, and as a fellow educator, it’s still strange not to refer to your mom as “Mrs. Buser”, because of all her years in the classroom educating generations of students at Sts. Peter and Paul. My sympathies are with you both.

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