Donna Bursik Written By June Ervin
Donna Bursik joined the Roseburg Senior Center on September 2, 2005. Right from the start, she joined the working part of the membership. She joined the bingo committee and has helped to run the Penny Bingo games on Monday for years, as she continues to do. In the beginning she worked with Margaret Roark, who was already involved in many things at the center, as she still is.
A little later she was employed to help clean the kitchen and became acquainted with the group who was in charge of the food for the potluck, which was held on Fridays for lunch. This was before there was a cook to prepare a meal. All the members who came for lunch brought a dish to share. The various volunteers who worked in the kitchen took care of the food as it arrived and arranged the table for service at noon. Seemed like something she would enjoy, so she joined them. She also made what seemed like rooms full of cookies during this time while we were still in the County building.
A while after she joined, she joined the board, during the time they were searching for a new facility. The membership was advised they had to move out of the building they had occupied for many years and it was up to the board to head a search for another building. After many trips thru many buildings, it was decided that this one, that we now own, was the best fit for us.
Both Donna and her husband of 59 years, Lyle, are Roseburg natives. They were born and raised here and this is the only place they have called home in all their years together. They raised five children, 3 girls and two boys who all also live here. At the present time three of them, all single at this time, share a home together. That is a close family.
Over the years, when time allowed, Donna held a variety of jobs. Some that she mentioned were fast food, working in a service station and as a housekeeper in local motels. All jobs she could do short term as her family duties and needs allowed.
Currently, Donna is on the committee of the Gadabouts and hopes to be able to travel with them more once she recovers from back surgery that is scheduled for the near future. Best of luck, in a speedy recovery!