Joseph Buessing Family Named Benedictine Family of the Year

Joseph Buessing Family Named Benedictine Family of the Year

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017

Joe and Helena BuessingEach year, Benedictine College recognizes a family that has been particularly active as alumni, as legacies, and in service to the college. This year, the college is pleased to honor the Joseph Beussing family with the 2017 Family Award.  Over three generations, the family has sent 16 students through Benedictine College and its founding institutions, Mount St. Scholastica College and St. Benedict’s College. They will be recognized during halftime of the Raven football game against Baker University on Sept. 23.

Born in 1879 in Ohio, Joseph came to Kansas with his parents in the late 1800s, settling in St. Benedict, just north of Seneca. In 1906, he bought a farm in Nemaha County, married Helena Engelken and started a family. They had 10 children, six boys (John, Louis, Vincent, Paul, Joseph and Bernard) and four girls (Norene Ronnebaum, Hermena Skalsky, Helen Buessing and Marie Mueting). Raised as faithful Catholics, Joseph’s children started sending the next generation to St. Benedict’s College or Mount St. Scholastica College.

Vincent sent his son, Larry ’60, to St. Benedict’s. Joseph sent his daughter, Ruth (Rottinghaus) ’66, to the Mount. Hermena sent her daughter, Kay (Skalsky) ’61, to the Mount and her son, Ted, joined the priesthood. John sent his daughter, Helen (Meysenburg) ’60, to the Mount. Helen married Arnold Meysenburg, a fellow Raven from the Class of ’59. And Marie sent her daughters, Patricia (Claas)’68 and Helen (Meuting) ’70, to the Mount. Marie’s daughter, Helen, went on to join the Order of St. Benedict as one of the Sisters of the Mount.

The next generation includes Patrick Hirsch ’88, who married a fellow Raven, Lisa Brox ’88. Others from the second generation were: Peter Hirsch ’91, Maria Fry ’86, Rhonda (Mueting) ’87 Intfen, and Roxane (Mueting) ’88 Stec. Two others married Ravens: Angela (Buessing) married Jeff  Humburg from the Class of ’94 and is now teaching at Benedictine College, and Jennifer (Buessing) married Philip Lombardi, a Raven from the Class of ’93. 

The third generation to attend Benedictine includes: John P. Shaughnessy ’15, Ali Stec ’16, and Aidan Shaughnessy ’17. Bernadette Shaughnessy and Eric Renyer are current freshmen at Benedictine.

The family has supported the community, the Catholic Church and Benedictine College through all the generations. They have not only been supportive through attendance at the college, they have also been involved with endowments and donations for both the college and the church. They have created and supported various church programs. They have been involved in community organizations and charities, and Larry Buessing even serves on the Benedictine College Board of Directors.

Larry and his wife, Tresa, created the Larry and Tresa (Murphy) Buessing Scholarship, which is awarded to a full time Benedictine College student who is the oldest in the family to attend college. Larry was honored with the Kansas Monk Award in 1991 and Tresa received the Mount’s Fidelus Award in 2001. Finally, Larry and Tresa received the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict at the Benedictine College Scholarship Ball in 2004.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship