Beverly J. Busenlehner, (nee Salisbury),
Beverly J. Busenlehner, (nee Salisbury), age 93, of Dunkirk, N.Y., passed Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Beverly was born in Dunkirk on December 31, 1923 to the late Wilfred ?Dutch? and Florence Barnes Salisbury,
Beverly is a graduate of Kenmore High School and served in WWII as a Navy nurse, mortician assistant, and pharmacist assistant while stationed at the U.S. Naval Base at Portsmouth, VA. She performed in USO shows with the likes of Bob Hope, Red Skeleton, Jimmy Durante, Glenn Miller, and the Coast Guard Band, among others. In the early 1950s, Beverly was the first woman to be treated at the Buffalo VA Hospital. She then became a major advocate for female veterans to be treated at the Buffalo VA Hospital. Beverly was also active with the Red Cross at the time.
As a disabled veteran herself, Beverly spent her entire adult life as an advocate for disabled veterans in Chautauqua County and the country. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first female Commander and 52-year member of the Charles Tinley Memorial Post, Chapter 142, D.A.V., where she also served as Adjutant; Commander, Sr. Vice and Adjutant of Robert Illig Chapter 47, D.A.V.; Commander of the Chautauqua County Veterans Council; and also a member of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council. She helped establish van transportation services for disabled veterans in Chautauqua County and she was an advocate for Vietnam veterans with Agent Orange and for POWs.
Beverly was also an advocate and supporter of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over Chautauqua Lake and the Veterans Highway in Irving, N.Y.
October 25, 1980 was declared ?Beverly Busenlehner Day? by Dunkirk Mayor, Gary C. Michalak for being the first female Commander of the Charles Tinley Memorial Post, Chapter 142, D.A.V.
Her husband, Louis J. Busenlehner, a WWII U.S. Marine Corps veteran, died in 1953 in an industrial accident in the Town of Tonawanda. After her husband passed away, Beverly worked as a private investigator, in insurance sales and other sales positions to support her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbra J. Buckley of Arkwright, N.Y.; her step-son, Ken (Nann) Busenlehner of Pell City, AL.; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-greatgrandchildren; her brother, Jack (Pat) Salisbury of McCormick, S.C. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, Beverly is predeceased by two sons, David A. and Gary W. Busenlehner Sr.; her sister, Anita (late Alvin) Reiser; and an infant brother, John Salisbury.
Calls may be made Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. at LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, N.Y., where a funeral service will be followed at 6 p.m. Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Veteran?s Council. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles Tinley Memorial Post, Chapter 142, D.A.V., 61 E. Talcott Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 or the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048.
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