Obituary: Margaret Buresh

Margaret Buresh

July 08, 1942 - October 29, 2017

Margaret Lynn (Peg) Buresh – July 8, 1942 to October 29, 2017


Margaret (Peg) Buresh passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at her home in Foxboro, MA.  She succumbed after a three-year long, valiant battle with ALS (        Lou Gehrig's) disease .

Peg was born on July 8, 1942 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She was the first of three children of R.H. (Dick) Buresh of Kenwood, Iowa, and Edith M. Benson from Davenport, Iowa. Her dad, Dick, was busy building his Kenwood Transfer and Buresh Rental businesses as well as being an officer of a new international moving company - North American Van Lines.  Peg spent her first five years living on Gwendolyn Drive, NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Life was lots of fun on Gwendolyn in spite of the fact that WWII was in full flood.  Just before her third birthday Peg’s sister, Kathy (Buresh) Marmorek, had been born in May 1945.

Then in 1947 her family moved to Knollwood Dr. SE in Cedar Rapids where there were nine other families with kids.  It was a “Kid’s Heaven”.  In an era before TV, the neighborhood was a constant tumult of playing, running around, cards, jacks and massive hide-n-seek and kick-the-can games.  In 1949, when Peg was seven, her brother Tommy (Tom) was born.  When she was 12, her family began enjoying a summer home at Lake McBride, which was only 20 miles from Cedar Rapids.  The family spent non-school days from April to October at the lake.  It was a “special” place for excitement, peace, fun, nature, parties with friends and beauty.  It provided very special family times for many years.

Peg started her education at Buchannan Elementary School – only three blocks from home.  She benefitted from the “baby boom”, because in third grade she moved into the new Grant Wood Elementary School – not one block from home.  She attended McKinley High School as it was being transformed into a three-year junior high and Peg was in the first class to go all the way through the new Washington High School.  Peg was part of a life-long group of about 12 girls who had slumber parties and get togethers.  They formed a bond of friendship that continues to this day.

Peg loved her friends and her activities.  She was a wonderful piano player (who had to practice 30 minutes every day).  She enjoyed reading, sewing and playing Samba, Canasta, Bridge and Hearts with her sister and “Cousin” Betsy who often babysat.  There is an unsubstantiated rumor that Betsy called in “sick” to work so they could continue a massive Samba game on Monday they had started Saturday.  Peg also enjoyed the outdoors.  As a Camp Fire girl she always loved going to Camp Hitaga each summer, especially archery, canoeing and horseback riding.  She cherished the lake, spending hours drifting or paddling around, swimming, pontoon boat picnics and sailing.

Peg graduated from the new Washington HS in 1960.  At Washington, Peg became an articulate writer and speaker who was not afraid to argue against the injustices she saw in society starting in the 1960’s.  She was an early advocate of racial and sex equality.  High school graduation was “bitter sweet” for Peg, because it meant a change to her close-knit group of girlfriends.  Peg next attended Lawrence College (now “University’) in Appleton, WI starting in September 1960.  She joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority, which she truly loved, and launched into her intended career of becomingan elementary school teacher.  Following her sophomore year, Peg transferred to the University of Iowa.  In 1963, she was privileged to spend s summer in Europe with the Experiment in International Living where she met another lifelong “Best Friend Forever”, Sherry Mueller.  She graduated from Iowa in 1964 with Phi Beta Kappa honors.  Peg then moved to the Twin Cities of Minnesota to be an elementary teacher in the Edina schools.  Then in 1971, she changed careers to become an elementary school counselor and psychologist.  Like her sister, Kathy, she enrolled in the Boston University School of Education counseling program.  She received her Master’s Degree in elementary school counseling in 1973 and began her 30-year career with the Hingham Public Schools as an elementary and later middle school counselor.

Peg loved living in the Boston area because of her new friends plus her fascination with history. However, her “special place” was Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington in Washington, D.C.

 Peg always cared about other people.  She valued relationships and made sure she was there to help when anyone needed support.  She loved each person in her family.  During her last few months she sparkled when some of the youngest family members sat in her lap, looked at her and gave her a mesmerizing smile.

Peg was preceded in death by her Father, R.H. Buresh, and Mother, Edith M. Buresh.  She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Buresh Marmorek and husband Frank of Newton, MA, and by her brother, Thomas R.Buresh of Cedar Rapids, IA.  Her family also includes many nieces and nephews and their children.

Peg’s family knows that she left each of us far better off because of her presence and love.  Her family can only estimate the effects of the extraordinary support and caring she provided to all of the students she counseled through her decades of working in Hingham.  Margaret “Peg” Buresh made the world a much better place in which to live.  She will be lovingly remembered in the minds and hearts of those who had the good fortune to share their lives with her.


Funeral Information

For information regarding the service, contact Roberts and Sons Funeral Home at 508-543-5471.