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St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church
Friday July 16th, 2021

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J. Willis Busse

J Willis Busse passed away peacefully at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon, ND, on July 12, 2021. Funeral service will be held Friday, July 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service at the church.

Willis was born on March 15, 1923, to Steini and Loa (Swainson) Bjornson. She spent her childhood on the Bjornson farmstead northeast of Mountain, ND. She graduated from Cavalier High School in 1941.

During WWII, Willis worked at an airplane factory on the West Coast. After the war, she spent 33 years at Pembina County Memorial Hospital as a nurse's aide and ward clerk doing what she did best—helping people.

On November 17, 1947, Willis married the love of her life, Claire Busse, in Cavalier. Together they raised three children, Dale, Mike, and Jule.
In 2017, Willis moved to Borg Pioneer Memorial Home in Mountain, ND. She enjoyed many great days there and loved to visit with her friends. In 2019, she moved to Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon, ND, where she lived out the rest of her days.
In her later years, Willis could be found on her back porch with a cup of strong black coffee and a dog curled up at her feet. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Willis was loved by everyone who met her. She usually had some feisty words at the ready whenever she saw someone she knew, and never hesitated following up those words with a hug and a hearty laugh. She loved her family fiercely and they remember her fondly as the best caretaker. She was tough as nails, but had the kindest heart. She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor right up until the end.

Willis proudly embraced her Icelandic heritage, and one could frequently find her in the kitchen making delicious treats to share with family and friends. She always had something sweet and a cup of coffee waiting for whoever might show up—lucky for her, she enjoyed plenty of visitors. Willis also loved her “girls” at Borg and Maple Manor, the workers and caretakers and friends who helped keep her spry and shared lots of laughter with her. Known as “Amma” or “Ammie” by most everyone, Willis loved the special attention she received. She was a force to be reckoned with, and will be dearly missed by many.

Surviving Willis are her children, Mike (Linda), Dale (Elizabeth) and Jule (Frank Quinn).Grandchildren: Jackie (Derek) Huff, Ian (Faith Anderson), Dale Eric (Melissa), Jenni, and Kristina Busse, Charity Stegman, Courtney (Cory) Mortensen and honorary grandson Matty Tate-Smith (Damien). Great grandchildren: Gibson and Baylor Busse, Charlize Earhart, Ericka Lawonn, Claire, Hadlee and Rayce Mortensen, and Kingston Tate-Smith. Along with many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Claire; parents Steini and Loa, brother Magnus (Mike), sister Lorraine Schroeder, and nephew Devin Bjornson.

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Peggy L Wirtz Aug 14 2021 9:32 PM

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish all the memories you have!

Dale & Colleen Dalsted Jul 19 2021 9:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of J. Willis Busse

Carol Ault Jul 18 2021 7:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J. Willis Busse

Janice Cull Jul 16 2021 2:10 PM

Mike, Dale, Jule and families. we send our sympathies to all. She was one of kind and will be missed. We loved visiting every time we saw her!!! She will certainly entertain Heaven!!! RIP Willis

Gary & Edna Lindenberger Jul 16 2021 1:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J. Willis Busse

judy thomasson Jul 15 2021 6:13 PM

Willis's family. So sorry for your loss. Our Amma's were such a large part of our lives. Brings back many memories of my Amma. She was such a fun gal. RIP Willis.

Dorothy Robinson Jul 15 2021 12:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J. Willis Busse

Jody Sharp Jul 14 2021 10:26 PM

I've known Willis my whole life, but had the honor to really know her the last several years. During our cousin Anita's yearly visit back to ND, I became the ladies "driver." We would pick up Willis on our way up to Walhalla and pick up my great Aunt Nora. These ladies would have me driving all the back country roads in the area. They would share memories from their youth and crazy stories that would surprise anyone coming from lips of women in their 90s. We shared a lot of laughs on those trips up north. Those memories will stay with me always.

Sheila Bjornson Jul 14 2021 8:42 PM

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