After bravely battling lymphoma cancer for 3 1/2 years, Alice Buseck died at home on March 5, 2011 at age 74. She was an extraordinary wife and mother who raised four wonderful children. She was also a devoted, generous, and loving caregiver of her parents and mother-in-law when they were in times of need. She is survived by her husband of 50 1/2 years, Peter; by her four children Lori Buseck (Clive Bolton), David Buseck (Linda Levine), Susan Buseck (Ellen Lerner), and Paul Buseck (Dana Helfer); and by four wonderful granddaughters, Rachel, Amy, Allison, and Hazel. She is also survived by her brother Peter Bien (Chrysanthi Bien), many other loving family members, and friends around the world.
Born Alice Bien in New York City, she attended Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village, followed by University of Michigan and a teaching degree from Columbia. Many years later, she also got a piano performance degree from Arizona State. At Columbia she met Peter, and they married in June, 1960. She was Peter's partner, best friend, and discussant in all realms.
After a few years in New York and Washington, D.C., they moved to Tempe, where they lived for the rest of her life. Alice loved her family most of all, but beyond that she loved music, art, and laughing and having fun. She traveled across the US and around the world, introducing her children and then her grandchildren to new places and experiences. Her travel took her to many places, including several very remote regions in Africa and Latin America. Along the way, she was able to spend a year each living in England, California, Paris, and Washington, DC and was able to use those times to explore even more areas.
She loved to play the piano and participated in various piano activities (she was an enthusiastic, long-time member of the Phoenix Piano Club) with family and friends. An annual highlight was playing piano four hands with her brother, Peter, at a piano camp run by her nephew, Leander. She loved to sing and was part of the ASU Chorale for 40 years, and performed with the Singing Survivors group from the Banner Desert Oncology group in her last few years. She also played viola in the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.
All of her children followed in her footsteps with their love of playing music. Finally, she was also an accomplished potter, painter, and sketcher, and often documented her travels with sketches of the places they visited. She was a volunteer for many years at KBAQ, Literacy Volunteers, Meals on Wheels, Community Preschool, the National Society of Arts and Letters, Tempe Home Services Board, and more. She was also a co-founder of the Tempe Cooperative Preschool. In 1993, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the City of Tempe as well as by Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org), Jewish Family and Children's Service (www.jfcsaz.org), or the Alice Buseck Scholarship Fund for piano students (ASU Foundation, acct. 30005062, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260). A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on April 16 at the Skirm Auditorium at Friendship Village, 2645 East Southern Avenue, Tempe.