Kimberly Mary (Busko) Rhett, age 58 of Pillage, Minn., passed away at home and under hospice care April 23, 2018, after a 25-year battle with cancer. Kim was born Feb. 23, 1960, in Ephrata, Wash., to Gary and Mae Busko.
Growing up, she lived many places, including Washington, Turkey, Texas, California and Saudi Arabia before finally settling in Wisconsin. She graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1978 and joined the Navy. Shortly thereafter she was stationed in Misawa, Japan, where she met her future husband, Elbert (Tom) Rhett. They were married Oct. 16, 1982 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhinelander. The couple moved to Oxnard, Calif., after being stationed at Port Hueneme Naval Base.
Tom Retired in 1992 and they moved to Pillager, their home for the last 26 years. Kim went to work for the First American Bank (Bremer) in 1993, where she worked until retiring in 2016 for medical reasons. She was an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Motley, Minn., where she served on the parish council and taught religious education. Kim was a strong supporter of both the Susan G. Kome Race for a Cure and Relay for Life. She was also active in scouting, serving as both troop leader and cookie mom for her daughter’s troop.
Kim is survived by her husband, Tom; children, Brian of Chubbuck, Ida., Matthew of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., Kara of Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; two grandchildren, Isabella and Bailey; parents, Gary and Mae Busko of Eagle River; sister, Kathy (Pete) Roth, of Wausau; brothers, Kenneth (Denise) Busko of Rhinelander, and Kevin (Heidi) Busko of St. Paul, Minn.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.
A mass of Christian burial took place Saturday, April 28 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Motley, Minn. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure or St. Michael’s Building Fund in Motley, Minn.