Longtime Marshall teacher Cheri Buysse dies

MARSHALL — News of the death of a longtime Marshall Middle School teacher was sad to receive. But Marshall Public Schools officials said Cheri Buysse will be remembered as someone with an energetic personality, a passion for teaching, and love for her students.

Buysse was “simply a phenomenal teacher,” said Marshall Middle School Principal Mary Kay Thomas.

“She truly touched lives, and sometimes changed lives because of the impact she had on young people. She provided energy and passion in her classroom or any environment that revolved around teaching,” Thomas said. After her family, Buysse would say her students gave her purpose in life, Thomas said.

Buysse died Friday at the age of 57. In a voice message sent to parents in the Marshall school district on Saturday evening, Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Scott Monson said Buysse had been going through complications from a fight with cancer.

Buysse was a health, science and physical education teacher at Marshall Middle School, with a teaching career going back more than 34 years. A Balaton High School graduate, she went on to receive degrees from Mankato State University and Bemidji State University. Buysse’s teaching career included 14 years of teaching at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall, and 20 years at Marshall Middle School. Buysse started teaching at the middle school in 1998, Monson said.

Monson said Buysse’s energy and positive attitude carried over into her work with her students.

“She was really optimistic and upbeat,” Monson said, and interested in using new technology to help her students learn. Monson recalled one time when he and Buysse got into a conversation about technology she was using in the classroom.

“She was super excited about it,” Monson said, and showed him what the students were working on. “She was really proud of how that experience helped her students.”

Buysse’s death was a great loss to Marshall Middle School, for both students and staff, Thomas said.

“It’s been a couple of difficult days,” Monson said. However, he said Marshall Middle School staff have been focusing on supporting students.

Thomas said Marshall Middle School had grief counselors available for students on Monday, as well as counselors to assist in several classrooms. Students and staff had the option to write cards or take part in a “memory wall” honoring Buysse, she said.

Funeral services for Buysse will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.