Curling loses young superstar

May 10, 2012, 5:24 p.m. (ET)
USA Curling is deeply saddened to confirm the death of 2012 U.S. Junior champion Elizabeth Busche, 19, to cancer. Elizabeth, of Duluth, Minn., represented the U.S. at the recent World Junior Championships in Sweden. She was a college student and curled this season at the Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club.

Elizabeth Marie Busche

Elizabeth was born at St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth, MN, on September 12, 1992; died at home on May 3, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. She was a 2007 graduate of Holy Rosary School, 2011 graduate of the Marshall School, and was a freshman at North Dakota State University – Fargo.

Elizabeth was the vice skip of the 2012 Junior Women’s National Curling Championship Team and Team USA who recently participated in the 2012 Junior World Curling Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her grandfather James Otto in 2002.

Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Keane & Jane Busche (Duluth, MN); grandparents, Roberta Otto (Duluth), Christ & Joyce Busche (Duluth, MN); many great-aunts & uncles, many aunts & uncles, dozens of cousins, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, Elizabeth’s parents created a curling charity in her memory; memorials may be directed to Elizabeth Busche Memorial Fund, c/o Duluth Curling Club, 327 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802.