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Donald C. Buseck

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Donald C. Buseck, Esq., age 84, of Fairview, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at St. Vincent Health Center. He was born in Erie on January 23, 1928, the son of the late Sherwood C. and Sarena Peffer Buseck. He was a graduate of Fairview High School where he excelled in sports. Donald attended the University of Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in 1950. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He went on to serve three years active duty as Legal Officer on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt and as Operations Officer on a mine sweeper. He then attained the rank of Lt. Commander. Donald then returned to Notre Dame Law School where he received his Juris Doctor Degree. In 1956 he was admitted to practice law by the Pennsylvania and U.S. Supreme Courts and the Erie County Courts. He became associated with the law firm of Quinn, Buseck, Leemhuis, Toohey & Kroto Inc., where he subsequently became a partner and then shareholder. Donald was a member of the Executive Committee of the firm for many years and also President. He was a member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. As a member of the Erie County Bar Association, he was on the Executive Committee and past President. In 1999 he was named Chancellor of the Bar. Donald was a founding member of Holy Cross Church in Fairview and served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He was also a former member of the Erie Catholic Diocese Pastoral Council. He was a former President of Family and Child Services and the Northwest Junior Chamber of Commerce, where he was named Young Man of the Year. He was an Incorporator of St. Vincent Health Center, was on the Advisory Board of Mercyhurst College, was on the Board of Asbury Woods Nature Center, a member of the Fairview Township Industrial Development Board, and was a Trustee of the former Villa Maria College. Donald was a member of the Kahkwa Club, the Erie Club, and the former Aviation Club. He enjoyed golfing, tennis, and skiing. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Atty. Michael C. Buseck in 2011. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Quinn Buseck; three sons, Kurt F. Buseck of Fairview, Dr. Mark S. Buseck and his wife, Melissa, of Erie and David C. Buseck and his wife, Lisa, of Chappaqua, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Jane Buseck of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Sally (Mrs. John S.) Rouch of Erie; and 11 grandchildren: Jessica, Jaclyn, Nicholas, Victoria, Eve, Lucas, Peter, Kyle, Ashley, Alison, and Brian. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 W. 26th Street (at Powell Ave.), on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a prayer service there on Saturday at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 7100 West Ridge Road, Fairview, PA 16415 with Fr. Nicholas Rouch officiating. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Church, G.I.F.T. Campaign or to the Sarah A. Reed Children's Center, Sanctuary Campaign, 2445 W. 34th Street, Erie, PA 16506.

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Burton Funeral Homes and Crematory - West Lake
3801 W. 26th St. Erie, PA 16506
(814) 838-0596
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Published in the Erie Times-News on May 3, 2012
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