Irene M. Buss-Hesse
03/21/1929 - 06/09/2017

~~Obituary of Irene M. Buss-Hesse

Irene Marie Buss-Hesse passed away at her home on June 9, 2017, at the age of 88.

Irene is predeceased by her loving husband of 24 years, Ralph, her youngest son, Billy, and by her parents, Arthur Pindar, M.D. and Irene Donnelly Pindar, M.D.

Irene is survived by her loving husband, Bill Hesse and her son, Bob Buss and his wife, Noreen, of Boca Raton, FL and her daughter, Virginia Jespersen, her husband, Steph, of Weston, CT and their sons, Ross and Eric.

Irene was born in Teaneck, NJ on March 21, 1929. She graduated from Teaneck High School in 1946, where she was Secretary of the Biology Club and a member of Student Service and Girls League. Irene attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA and then worked for NJ Bell Telephone before marrying Ralph in 1949. Later in life, Irene very proudly worked for Dr. Catherine Spears, a renowned Neuro-Pediatrician.

Irene spent her lifetime caregiving for others…her invalid son, Billy, and later for her husband, Ralph. For years she was active in the Morris County, NJ unit of the NJ Parents Group for Retarded Children (Arc/Morris). Irene also enjoyed gardening, the beach, travel, and sailing trips aboard Bill’s boat, the “Forget-Me-Knot”.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave in Chatham on Wednesday, June 14th at 10:30am. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery in Madison. Friends are invited to visit at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. in Chatham from 9 to 10am prior to the mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chatham Emergency Squad Inc. at 45 Spring St. in Chatham, NJ 07928. Condolences for the family may be offered online at

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