Olivera Bukovinsky

April 8, 1929December 25, 2012

Olivera Bukovinsky of East Lansing, MI, died December 25, 2012 at the age of 83. She was born in Belgrade, Serbia, April 8, 1929 to Vosilije and Bosiljka (Dordjevic) Ljasko. She achieved her Master's degree and became a public high school teacher. The family will recieve friends Monday, December 31, 2012 from 1-4 pm at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Avenue, East Lansing. Those desiring to make contributions in memory of Olivera may do so to the Michigan State University School of Music, Opera Dept., 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824-9911. Online condolences may be made


  • Visitation only Monday, December 31, 2012

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Monique (Calder) Page

February 1, 2013

I was a student of Mrs Buko's, as she was often called, for 4 years of french, in the 80's. As an adult now, I realize what an amazing lady she was. She was very "old school" and traditional, we didn't know what to think of her, she wasn't like any of our other teachers. She had high expectations, and at the time we didn't appreciate her or what she was trying to impart to us. I remember fondly getting her to talk about her past, as we were trying to get out of lectures, and she would reminisce about the World War 2 and hiding from enemy soldiers in a cave. As teenagers, we had no comprehension of the treasure of wisdom we had in her, she was like a foreign object to us, of a different generation and culture, and we didn't take the time to appreciate her. I will never forget her tapping our desks with some sort of stick saying "En Francais, En Francais!!" She was an excellent teacher and will be sorely missed. Now I appreciate more her dedication and willingness to help us, as teaching is such a thankless job at times. To her family: I am sorry for your loss, I pray that you will be comforted. But know this, she leaves a legacy behind as implanting a great blessing in others, and I credit my limited ability to speak and understand the beautiful French language to her efforts. Rest in peace, lovely soul...

Gail Willard

January 8, 2013

Madame was my French teacher for all 4 of my high school years. I even had the privelege of a one on one class one year when I had a scheduling conflict. Learning a foreign language was hard I was always so impressed by her multi-lingualism and enjoyed the times we could get her off subject and talking about her personal experiences.

Lester Cortright Jr.

January 1, 2013

I remember the french classes I continued from High School and was in awe of the classes with her. I also remember being in another history class.

December 31, 2012

I glad I had the opportunity to meet you and teach with you in the early years of my career. You were a teacher and a lady with class. I was also glad you were my daughter's French teacher when she was in school. She talked of you often. Condolences to the family but know she was an outstanding teacher and person. Larry Baird (former Math Instructor)
DeWitt High School

Suzanne Draper

December 30, 2012

I am sorry to hear about my former French teacher from over 20 years ago. I have many memories of her and how smart she was. I remember she could speak several languages. Condolences to her family.

Judy Schnepper

December 30, 2012

Aunt Vera, a warm and caring Lady. I'm glad I got to stay with her over the Easter Holiday in 2002. We both enjoyed watching old black & white movies. We will miss her letters.
Judy and Ron Schnepper (Largo, FL)

John Kliethermes

December 30, 2012

We knew you as a wonderful grandma and an outstanding friend. God Bless you for all your kindness. We shall not forget you.
John and Rita Kliethermes

Dr Connie Wolfe

December 30, 2012

Vera was a gracious, sweet & intelligent friend, we will miss her.

Lisa McConnell

December 30, 2012

RIP, Mrs. Bukovinsky. You were a wonderful teacher at DeWitt High School, and will always be fondly remembered by your former students.