October 26, 2019

Born in: Westgate, Iowa
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Mardella M. Buhr, 83, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 26, 2019. Born on Dec. 21, 1935, in Westgate, Iowa to the union of William and Edna (Bartels) Buhr who preceded her in death. Also preceded in death were her sister, Muriel Roquet; brothers, Floyd and Delbert Buhr; as well as brothers-in-law, Richard Gaunitz, Melvin Judisch and David Roquet. Mardella is survived by sisters, Iva Gaunitz of Lansing, Iowa, Elda Judisch of Greeley Colo. and brother, Lee Buhr of Oelwein, Iowa; and 18 nieces and nephews and their families. Mardella is also survived by her guardian and loving friend, Susie Sutphen, who was like a daughter to her. After high school graduation, Mardella received her teaching degree at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She spent two years teaching in Michigan before her move to Pueblo. She then spent her entire teaching career as a 4th grade teacher at Morton Elementary School in Pueblo Colo., where she was loved by her students and peers. Mardella had many passions in life including crafts, painting, gardening, especially her vegetable garden, grapes and fruit trees. She loved to can her produce and give it away. She belonged to many organizations to include her monthly retired teachers’ luncheon, Red Hat Society and her sorority. Special thanks to ALL the staff at University Park Care Center to include station 3 for their love and care, as well as Sangre De Cristo Hospice. Cremation has taken place with interment in Lansing, Iowa. A Celebration of Life service to honor our beloved Mardella will be held in March of 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd Way, Pueblo, Co 81005 or King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2561 Vinewood Ln., Pueblo, CO 81005. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. My thoughts are with the family. I did not personally know Mardella but it seems like she was someone who loved life and had a big heart. I hope you can find comfort where I too have found in the past, 2 Cor. 1:4 “Who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trail with the comfort that we receive from God.”

  2. Dear Mardella, I will always remember your many stories of growing up on the farm. Cultivating the corn with the Allis-Chalmers tractor. I have no doubt that you are in greener pastures now.

  3. Mardella was an acquaintance for many years, starting with the Teachers Bowling League. We would run into each other from time to time. Recently, while visiting a friend at the Desert Flower nursing home, I saw her traveling down the hall in her wheelchair. She looked very good, although I don’t think she was sure she recognized me. I liked her and am sorry to hear of her passing.

  4. Mardella was a great person, good friend and good neighbor. When I would call and ask how to plant something or bake something, she was there to let me know what I needed to do. She was always up to date on everything, if not she would find out. When my children needed help with there homework, I would call her and ask, and she would say send he or she over, and when they were done, they understood it. She was a great farm lady also.
    Mardella you will be missed by many.
    You are in good hands now, he will take care of you.

    Love Gary&Rosemary

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