ROCK INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Josephine “Jo” Bujak, of Braham, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the Prairie Senior Cottages in Alexandria, MN. She was 92 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham with Fr. Don Wagner officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 8:30 am until 9:45 am on Friday morning at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham. NO visitation time will be held at the church prior to the service due to current Covid-19 gathering restrictions.
INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are strongly encouraged at the services for Jo. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone. Online condolences can be made for those who cannot attend. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time.
Josephine Theresa Bujak, of Braham, passed away on September 4th, 2020 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Alexandria, MN. She was 92 years old.
Josephine was born on May 19th, 1928 on the family dairy farm in Round Prairie, MN to parents Joseph and Mary (Feela) Hanych. She was the fifth of eight children. She started out at the one room school house just a couple miles down the road in rural Todd County, either walking or taking a horse and wagon with a few of her siblings. After a few years of country school, she attended the catholic school in Browerville through the eighth grade, enabling her to complete first communion and confirmation. Then it was back to the farm, milking, tending to the chickens and helping with field/ garden chores as WWII was in full swing and most of the men were off to war.
After the war ended, around 1946, she moved to Minneapolis (NE) to live with her best friend Marianne who not long after would marry her older brother Bob. It was Bob who persuaded her to take her first real job, where he worked, at Griswold Corp. later becoming Northwest Automatic Products, where in 1951 she met and three years later would marry Leonard Bujak. They celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony on October 2nd, 1954, at All Saints Catholic Church in NE Minneapolis, a union that ended just short of fifty eight years with the passing of Leonard at the end of May, 2013. The first fifteen years living in NE Minneapolis, then on to Fridley for thirty-four, and finally in 2003 they escaped the big cities for the peace and serenity of Braham. For almost twenty years she worked as a part checker/inspector leaving it behind only after welcoming children into her life and becoming a full time mother and homemaker.
At the age of forty seven she got her first driver’s license. This was no easy task it involved many written tests and even more actual driving tests. Being quite confident after this achievement she took on a part time cleaning job at night to supplement the families growing budget. This cleaning career continued until she was seventy eight, working at it with her husband as a team after he retired at sixty two. Also, it was at this time of retirement that the two took on providing daycare to their grandchildren and together enjoyed attending the many activities, including sports and dance recitals as possible. This continued for almost twenty years as their grandchildren and greatgrandchildren became their most cherished asset. It should be noted too that she was the BEST scratch cook ever known.
Josephine was a lover of people; her comedic demeanor will forever be remembered. On any given Sunday it was not uncommon for her to engage at least a half a dozen people, on her way into and out of church, ending with both parties bursting with or trying their best to contain their laughter. She loved car rides, around the lakes and the countryside just taking in the scenery, and Saturday afternoon excursions to Trackside, Ryders, and the Pizza Pub where pull tabs, dancing, and her favorite…arcade bowling were enjoyed and often carried on way beyond the afternoon. She truly enjoyed life and was a very active person, no couch potato, and was never witnessed sitting through an entire movie. In fact, while living at Sophies Manor on the second floor, the caregivers would often times cite frustration at not being able to keep up with her going up and down and up and down the stairway to her room, achieving at least 15000 steps a day to their 5000.
Josephine was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Bujak, parents Joseph (Mary) Hanych, siblings, Mary (Mack) Mcguire, Veronica (Don )Arentz, George (Lillian) Hanych, Robert (Marianne) Hanych, James( Violet) Hanych, Lawrence Hanych, and brother in law Calvin Crosby.
She is survived by her son Dale (Kelley) Bujak of Braham; daughter Lana (Lonnie) Mayo of Princeton; grandchildren, Alexander (Jessica) Bujak, Joshua Austin, Douglas Bujak, Jessica Bujak, Justin (Katie) Parenteau, Samantha Mayo: great grandchildren. Kaitlyn, Caelyn, Madalyn, Cenzie, and Camden; sister Adeline Crosby of Cushing, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.