Lillian M. Busakowski

Lillian M. Busakowski

GAASTRA — Lillian “Lil” M. Busakowski, 93, of Gaastra, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Aspirus Iron River Hospital.

She was born on May 9, 1927, in Caspian, the daughter of the late Daniel and Concettina (Dalessandri) Mongiat. She attended the Caspian and Stambaugh schools, graduating from Stambaugh High School with the Class of 1945.

Lil married Pat Schinella on Nov. 15, 1948, at St Mary Catholic Church in Gaastra. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1963. She married Andrew Busakowski on June 19, 1965, at St. Mary’s Church in Gaastra. The couple celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year.

She and her husband are the owners of Central Arts and Gifts in Iron River. She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian. Lil enjoyed oil painting, ceramics, bowling, cooking Italian meals for family and friends and she also enjoyed her home on the lake. She taught classes at the store for painting and helped start some community college art classes. Lil was on the Board of Directors for the First of America Bank and was a promoter of the Iron County area, especially the Iron County Museum in Caspian.

Lil is survived by her husband, Andrew Busakowski of Gaastra; sons, Steve Schinella of Marquette, and Donald (Joyce) Schinella of Negaunee; grandchildren, Meagan Schinella, Kyle (Sydney) and Jon Schinella; step-grandchildren, Eric Oja and Sharon (Brent) Roberts; step great-grandson, Hudson Roberts; sister, Nelda Argentati of Iron River; sister-in-law, Cathryn Mongiat of Davenport, Iowa; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her newborn son, John Schinella and brother, Raino Mongiat.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Lillian M. Busakowski online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com.

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.