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Divera "Div" Buegeleisen

Divera "Div" Buegeleisen, 93, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 26 May 2021.

Div Buegeleisen and sliced bread both began their journey in 1927. With limited career choices she decided on an undergraduate degree in teaching from the University of Michigan, and invested 26 years falling in love with the profession while working in the Detroit school system. She made math fun, helped countless kids see their potential and found a passion within herself for lifelong learning. Retirement from teaching cleared the path for a ten-year career as a therapist after she got a second Master’s degree in Counseling and Therapy.

Div saw the world as her playground, new games to be learned and mastered. Family mattered most, and in 1954 she married David Buegeleisen and had four children – Dan, Ted, Mimi and Judy. She marveled at the accomplishments of her kids, though she was herself an accomplished piano player, double black diamond skier, competitive tennis player. Div would tell you her greatest competition was in the mirror. She always set a high bar, and typically met or exceeded it.

After her husband’s death in 2016 she led with courage and at 87 years old moved to Meer Apartments in West Bloomfield. Div reimagined her life – she started painting, volunteered at the Soul Center, taught Chair Dancing on Saturday mornings, sang in the choir to name only a few. She learned to ask different questions, questioned old beliefs and built first-edition friendships. You have a treasured collection of stories; we hope you visit with these memories often.

It wasn’t actually sliced bread that was born in 1927, but rather the slicer that brought a creative and useful invention into the world. Something unique to do with a loaf of bread. Div was like that slicer – she could help you experience the day in a whole different way. There was utility in her approach, and more often than not puddles of fun to splash through along the path. She has a sky full of adoring friends and loving family that will miss her laughter, wicked sense of humor and invincible spirit. Rest In Peace Divvy Dear.

Donations in her memory can be made to either The Soul Center or Hadassah. In honor of Div’s wishes we will hold a virtual Celebration of Life on Wednesday, June 30th at 7p EST. We’ll post details shortly.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Divera "Div" Buegeleisen may do so by making a contribution to:

Friendship Circle - Soul Center
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Soul Center is a loving and inclusive environment that encourages artistic self-expression, vocational training, and employment opportunities to adults with special needs.
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Hadassah-Greater Detroit Chapter
5030 Orchard Lake Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
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