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Official Obituary of

James "Jim" Buza

October 8, 1945 ~ February 25, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

James "Jim" Buza Obituary

James Buza, age 78, passed away peacefully after a fight with prostate cancer, on Sunday, February 25, 2024.  He was born October 8, 1945 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, son of the late Barney and Stella (Modrzewski) Buza.  Growing up on his family farm, he enjoyed fixing tractors, milking the cows, hunting, fishing, and bugging his siblings, especially his sisters.  He grew up in the Stevens Point area, graduating from PJ Jacobs in 1964.

Shortly after graduating high school, James served in the United States Army as a mechanic and telegrapher from 1964-1966 in the states and Germany.  He then worked for the Soo Line Railroad for 18 years.  While working for the Soo Line, James enjoyed dancing at Arthur Murrays, where he met his wife, Debbie (Joosten) Buza.  They were married, September 11, 1981, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Kimberly, Wisconsin.  He began working for the United States Postal Service in Madison, Wisconsin and then later in Menasha, Wisconsin for over 20 years.  

James was known for his generous heart and enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, finding joy in each day with his childlike charm. He could always find a way to strike up a conversation with anyone, whether funny or intellectual.  James loved to share his wisdom and knowledge with others, whether about history, geography, woodworking, running, biking, dancing, fishing, or hunting. He especially enjoyed visits and time spent with his family, always making sure everyone was good.  

James will be deeply missed by many, especially his wife, Deborah, two children, Michelle (Joe) Murphy, Neenah, Michael (Victoria) Buza, Kimberly and his three grandchildren Aubrey and Caden Murphy, and Abigail Buza.  

He is survived by his five sisters, Katherine Buza, Rose Buza, Barbara Buza all of Stevens Point and Dorothy (Bill) Burant of Rosholt, and Loretta (Ron) Peterson of Phillips.

James is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Myron, Tim & Henry Buza.  

A funeral service for James will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 411 Vandenbroek St., Little Chute. Visitation will begin at the church at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until the time of the service. For online condolences, please visit

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March 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St John Nepomucene Catholic Church (Vandenbroek Street)

Funeral Service
March 2, 2024

12:00 PM
St John Nepomucene Catholic Church (Vandenbroek Street)


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