Born Oct. 31, 1934 in Green Bay to Amiel Arthur Buresh and Dorothy Henkelmann Buresh, she graduated with high honors from The College of St. Scholastica in 1956 with a degree in Health Sciences, majoring in Dietetics. She did post graduate work at the Cleveland Clinic and then joined Wisconsin Public Service in 1959 as a Home Economist in Green Bay. Four years later she transferred to the M & M Division and in 1971 her title was changed to Consumer Consultant. She retired after 35 years with the company.
She loved books, bringing her the nickname, Bookie. When she ran out of books to read, she read dictionaries. As a young woman she loved adventure. With her Chris Craft cabin cruiser named Bookie B she enjoyed boat rides along Lake Michigan and Green Bay. She and her husband, Ralph hosted several college-level foreign exchange students. In retirement they traveled to numerous destinations and enjoyed recreational activities at their cottage near Athelstane. She enjoyed golfing, reading, volunteering and was a special aunt to her nieces and nephews. A member of the American Association of University Women, she was also a member of Holy Family Parish and the Altar Society.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph; three sons, Jeff (Pat), Scott (Joan) and Rod; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Bob ODonnell and 11 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; a brother, Donald and a sister, Shirley.
Friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, followed by funeral services at 6 p.m. with Deacon Jerome Thetreau officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.