HJ/EDApril 17, 2006

Benefit for John Buschel Sunday, April 23

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

John Buschel of Dassel has suffered 11 surgeries on his knee in the past two years because of a reoccurring staph infection. Buschel, 40, is in the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.

“They will eventually remove his knee,” his wife, Nancy, said Wednesday.

His knee will either be replaced with an artificial knee or fused, or his leg will be amputated, said Buschel, who works at the day care center in Cokato Manor Community.

A spaghetti dinner benefit for John Buschel will be Sunday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, french bread and cole slaw.

“We knew how much they were struggling, with John in the hospital so much,” said Amy Thostenson, one of 10 people planning the benefit.

Nancy Buschel is on the Christian education committee with Thostenson at the church. The fellowship and outreach committee also is working on the benefit. The benefit organizers also have applied to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for matching funds, Thostenson said.

The church will be showing “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” earlier in the afternoon on the same day, so the benefit organizers are hoping people will stay afterward for the benefit dinner. No tickets will be sold.

The dinner will be followed by an old-fashioned hymn sing, Thostenson said.

John Buschel served in the Army and National Guard for 23 years. Up until he reached the point where the staph infection prevented him from working, he worked at Littfin’s of Howard Lake.

The Buschels have three children, Samantha, 17, and Paul, 11, go to Dassel Cokato schools. Timothy, 20, goes to St. Cloud Technical College, where he is studying culinary science.

Here’s how you can help John Buschel

An account has been set up at the State Bank of Cokato at 101 3rd St. E., Cokato, for John Buschel. Donations can be made there.

The spaghetti dinner benefit will be Sunday, April 23, 5-7 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. The address of the church is 280 3rd St. E., Cokato.

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