Mark Buske

Mark Buske

Mark Steven Buske, 65, died in Morrison, IL, on June 19, 2016 from complications of Fabry disease. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at Prince of Peace Parish on Thursday, June 23rd. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Fabry Disease Foundation, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 404, Washington, DC 20008-2369. Mark was born in Stockton, IL on September 5, 1950, the son of Marshall and Mary Ellen (Carroll) Buske. He grew up in Clinton and attended St. Mary’s and Clinton Community College. He served in the Navy from 1970 to 1974. In 1976, Mark joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and spent the next 27 years on assignments to Italy (where he met and married his wife of 38 years, Maria-Antonietta on March 4, 1978 in Rome), Niger, Costa Rica, Germany (Bonn and Berlin), Norway, Austria and Washington, D.C. Mark retired on disability to Fulton, IL in 2004. Mark was a very happy-go-lucky man who was passionate about the Lord, his family, and his country. He was a loyal friend and treated all he met as if he had known them for years. In retirement, Mark enjoyed talking back at the pundits on his favorite news channel, watching sports, and being entertained by the antics of all the squirrels and birds that inhabited his backyard. In addition to his wife, Mark is survived by his beloved son, Marc-Antonio “Tony,” Buske of Fulton; his sisters, Sue (Ed) Runner (who donated a kidney to him) of Elburn, IL, and Mary (Dave) Leonard of Ottumwa, IA, his brothers John (Beth) of Reston, LA, and William (Sharon) of Clinton, and his amazing nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Iowa University Hospital and especially to the Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Morrison, IL, for the superb and loving care they provided while at the facility. Above all, we thank God for lending Mark to us and feel so very blessed for his presence in our lives.