Frances G. (Buswell) Brumm
August 26, 1928 – July 6, 2022
Frances G. (Buswell) Brumm, affectionately known as “Buzz,” died eternally on July 6, 2022 at the age of 93 after battling heart failure in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Born in Crystal Falls, Michigan in 1928, she was the daughter of Harold M. Buswell and Helene C. (Dassler) Buswell.
During World War II and her high school years in Crystal Falls, Frances was a lifeguard at Bewabic State Park (part of the Fortune Lakes chain). After graduating, she attended the University of Michigan, where she studied music as both a pianist and a singer. During college, she met the love of her life and her 56-year-old husband, Leonard “Oakie” Brumm. After marriage, she and Oakie relocated from Alaska, Wyoming, Waterloo, and Cedar Falls, Iowa before eventually settling in Marquette, Michigan to raise their six children. When their children grew up, they moved to Kuwait and lived and worked there for four years. Upon returning to the States, they lived in Auburn Hills, MI and Racine, WI. For the past seven years, Frances has lived with her daughters in Green Bay, WI.
Frances was an extremely talented singer. She was a charter member and first president of the Marquette Choral Society, sang and directed church choirs, and was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. Frances enjoyed teaching piano and singing and has shared her talent with many students at home and abroad.
She is also an athlete and taught swimming lessons at Shiras Pool on Presque Isle in Marquette, MI. All her grandchildren learned to swim in her backyard pool. She and her husband were a strong doubles team at tennis and were eventually commemorated by their family with a park bench near the Williams Park tennis courts in Marquette.
Frances was a frugal and versatile seamstress, making everything from dresses and figure skating costumes to prom and wedding dresses. Her needlepoint and beaded cross stitch were stunning. Beautifully intricate wall art, decorative pillows, Christmas tree skirts and quilts were thoughtfully given as gifts to her family and it was an honor to receive anything she made. She knits hats, mittens and scarves for her church to donate to those in need. What she was most excited about was knitting a personalized Christmas stocking for everyone welcoming a new baby.
A stained glass artist, she created lamps, window hangings and suncatchers, and made weekly trips to Chicago to work with her son Peter in his framing studio.
Frances was an amazing Christian who lived a long and loving life. She will be greatly missed.
Frances is survived by her children: Patricia Ruppe (David) of Green Bay, WI, Perry Brumm (Linda) of Milwaukee, WI, Paulette LaJeunesse (Richard) of Green Bay, WI, Penelope Brumm Edwards (Robert) of Chicago, IL, and Pamela Kissick (William) of Rocklin, CA. She had many beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Her husband Oakie Brumm preceded her in death; her son S. Peter Brumm; her sister Clare (Buswell) Wallace; her sister Elizabeth (Betty) (Buswell) Smith and her parents.
A memorial service will be held on August 12, 2022 at the Westside Moravian Church at 1707 South Oneida Street in Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304, where Pastor Marian Boyle Rohloff will officiate. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m., service at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch.
The family is committed to the heart failure team at Aurora Bay Care Green Bay and their GP, Dr. Very grateful to Gabriel Milhilescue and his staff for the excellent care and support they have provided.
Because Frances was a lifelong musician spreading her love of music, a music scholarship was created in Frances’ name for a high school student to further his music education. If you wish to make a contribution, please send a check made payable to: Frances Brumm Scholarship in care of Simply Cremation Green Bay, 243 N. Broadway, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54303.
Published by Racine Journal Times on July 24, 2022.