Eleanor J. Buschelman
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Eleanor J. Buschelman, age 99 of Fordyce, Nebraska died on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hartington, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Fordyce. Visitation will be on Thursday, at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington from 5-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, at church, one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Mason Buschelman, Justin Feiszli, David Rusbasan, Dan Kneifl, Deon Wilson, and Robert Lee Fillian.

Eleanor Josephine Buschelman was born on November 10, 1917 in Beaver Creek, Nebraska to Frank and Frances (Holtzbauer) Janssen. She attended country school during her elementary years and then graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton, SD. Eleanor would board with the nuns during the week for school and come home for the weekends. She then received an Associate Degree in Education from Mount Marty College. Eleanor taught in a one room school house north of Menominee and also at Beaver Creek (north of Crofton). She married Siegfried Anthony Buschelman on October 12, 1942 in Crofton, NE. Eleanor continued to teach the first year of her marriage and then raised her children. She taught 4th grade at Holy Trinity in Hartington around 1963. In 1968 she began teaching at St. John the Baptist school in Fordyce and remained there for 22 years, retiring in 1990. Eleanor had furthered her education by obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Education from Mount Marty in 1970. She did substitute teaching after retiring from teaching. Eleanor learned to play piano by ear at age five & continued throughout her life.

Eleanor was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and the Ladies Guild. She loved to do needle point, embroidery, stitching, making greeting cards and to travel when possible.

Eleanor is survived by four children and spouses, Tom & Elli Buschelman of Fordyce, NE, Mary Joan & Robert Feiszli of University Place, WA, Mark & Mona Buschelman of Fordyce, NE, Lisa & Gavin McGranahan of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren - Hillary (David) Rusbasan, Amber (Dan) Kneifl, Justin Feiszli, Kevin Feiszli, Amanda (Deon) Wilson, Mason Buschelman and friend Carrie Langer; great grandchildren Morgan & Cameron Rusbasan, Brayden Kneifl; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Siegfried on September 25, 2002 at the age of 85; infant daughter Anna Lee; six sisters Maym Peitz, Evelyn Potts, Mathilda Freng, sister Dorothy Janssen OSB, sister Annella Janssen OSB; two brothers Francis Janssen, and Daniel Janssen.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

RIP Mrs. Buschelman-there are many times in my life I've thanked God for the lessons you taught me. And I still am planning on learning the autoharp. You were the best!


Mary and family,

So sorry to hear about Eleanor. Was glad I was able to visit with her last summer and was hoping to visit again this summer. We sure had some long lived family.

Jane Hesse

Dear Mark, tom & families,

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss Eleanor. She was a great lady and I will remember her in my prayers. I would've been there tonight, but I am nursing a BAD cold.

Rev. Michael D. Schmitz

My Sincere condolences to your family for your loss. She has joined Our Lord and her family, May God Bless. Thank you for the many memories.

Frank Janssen

God bless Mrs. Buschelman. I will always cherish the days she taught us in grade school at St. John's in Fordyce. She taught me many life lessons. It was especially interesting when Lisa was in her class.

Sincerely; Rich (Virgil&Rita) Lange

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