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Sarah C. Bussmann

Sarah C. Bussmann, age 86 of Chanhassen, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004 at Montrose.

Sarah was born April 14, 1918 at Hamburg, the daughter of Arthur and Doris (Oelfke) Bentz. She was baptized April 28, 1918 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg by the Rev. H. J. Boumann, and confirmed by the same March 30, 1932.

She attended the parochial school at Emanuel from first through eighth grade, and graduated from Glencoe High School in 1936.

Sarah married Edwin H. Bussmann Nov. 11, 1937 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. The couple farmed in Benton Township, near Cologne, until 1951, when they sold the farm and moved to Young America.

While living in Young America, Sarah served several times as president of the local Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

After her husband’s death, she moved to Lester Prairie and assisted the funeral director at visitations there.

In 1989, Sarah moved to Chanhassen.

She was employed by Bongards Creameries as secretary/bookkeeper for 40 years, from 1952 until her retirement in 1992.

Sarah enjoyed traveling, including trips to Germany, and several to Hawaii. In 1985, she spent a month in China, visiting seven provinces on an agrucultural study for Bongard’s Creameries.

An article in the Cheese Reporter in 1984, gave her special recognition for being the first woman in history to actively trade and sell carloads of cheese on the National Cheese Exchange, which meets each Friday in Green Bay, Wis.

After retirement, Sarah participated in numerous tours planned by the senior citizens group. She also enjoyed playing cards.

Sarah is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Marjorie Bussmann of Prescott, Ariz.; daughter and son-in-law Marjorie and Bruce Good of Deerwood; grandchildren Bret and Terri Bussmann, John and Naomi Bussmann, Robert and Jill Bussmann, Leah Glass, and Thomas and Heather Good; and great-grandchildren: Patrick, Chris, Kenji, Koji, Brandon, Brittany, Ryan, and Nathan.

She is further survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Trudy Reinitz of Hopkins; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth Reinitz of New Hope, and Arthur and Verona Bussmann of Watertown; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, in 1966; her parents; a sister, Dorothy Johnson; and an infant brother, George Reinitz.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at Living Christ Lutheran Church, Chanhassen, with the Rev. Norman Ruthenbeck officiating. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Benton Township, Cologne.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia handled the arrangements.

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