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Dawn Marie Buss

December 20, 1940 — January 18, 2021

Dawn Marie (Opstein) Buss, 80, of Rochester, MN, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021, at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island following a lengthy illness. Dawn was born in Waseca, MN, on December 20, 1940. She settled in Rochester with her three children and worked at many different jobs over the years. She took courses in child development and always enjoyed working with people. Dawn was very friendly and generous with her friends. She often tried to help neighbors in need of assistance. That friendship led her to meet Harold Buss. They married in September 1986 and were married until his death in November 2018. Dawn and Harold enjoyed traveling during the early years of their marriage and bought a small acreage in Kellogg, MN where they lived with many pets until moving to Rochester in 2014. Dawn loved her family, was especially proud of all her grandchildren and absolutely loved animals of all kinds. Over the years she cared for many dogs, cats, birds and goats. A vegetarian for most of her adult life, she was always concerned for the well-being of the animals around her. She will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her. Dawn is survived by her children; Polly (Ron) Gilgenbach, Taopi, MN; Jay Sather, Rochester, MN; Jim (Gail) Sather, Elysian, MN; Grandchildren, Joshua Sather (Rose Chim), Oronoco, MN; Nathan (Amy) Sather, Rochester, MN; Lindsay (Benjamin) Klaehn, Kasson, MN; Benjamin (Marie) Viker, Adams, MN; Jordan Gilgenbach, Rochester, MN; Allison (Jordan) Lockman, Dawson, MN; Anthony Sather, Rochester, MN; Matthew Sather, Elysian, MN; two brothers, Edward Opstein, Sun City, AZ; Mark (Jeanne) Opstein, Rifle, CO; and 8 great grandchildren; Berkley, Arie, Sophia, Stella, Ainsley, Lucy, Bobbie Jo, and Barbara. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Buss; parents, Donald Opstein and Ruth Opstein; and brother, John Opstein. A private, family memorial service will be celebrated in the spring. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving Dawn's family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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