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Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2021

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On Monday, August 30, 2021, Mark passed away with family by his side at the age of 79 years.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (26 entries)

  • I recall Mark teaching us when I was at the dental school. I appreciated the feedback he gave and the experiences he shared. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ryan Cormack (Student) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Buettner’s passing. We started seeing him in the late 70s . We loved his humour. I remember sitting in the chair and he would be looking in my mouth and be nonchalantly humming, suddenly call his reception and ask her to book his family’s cruise as it looks like they will be able to afford it after all. He was so talented and caring. Such a loss to all his friends family and patients. Looks like heaven has gained a master dentist. - Posted by: Cindy (Patient) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • I have known Mark for 30 years. He made going for dental work almost enjoyable lol. I will miss bringing him smoked goldeye and blueberries. Jo and Mark truly had a great rapoir with everyone. My condolences to his family and his dental family. - Posted by: Jimmie skinner (Friend and patient ) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Ian, so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. We had many good times and Mark gave freely of his time to the faculty. Condolences to Joy and family from Garth and Debbie Jackson. - Posted by: Garth Jackson (Friend ) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • Judy and I were truly saddened to hear of Mark’s passing . He truly was a nice, funny man and a great Dentist. As our practices were close we covered for each other for patient emergencies when one of us were on holidays. All of our patients who saw him were always very impressed with his professionalism, humour and skill. His passing is a huge loss to the Dental community. Gary & Judy Hedge - Posted by: Gary & Judy Hedge (Dental colleague ) on: Sep 12, 2021

  • Dr. Buettner was my dentist for many, many years. He was always my absolute favourite. I still asked about him whenever I go to the dentist! I loved his sense of humour and his kindness. I loved listening to him and Jo “bantering” back and forth while working on my teeth hhhahaa. My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Shandra (Long time patient ) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • There are no words to describe the loss of such a dear man. I was truly blessed to have worked our years together, taking care of many amazing patients. Sending love to Joy & family. I'm sure your hearts are broken, as is mine. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Danielson (Friend & Co Worker) on: Sep 11, 2021

  • So deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Buettner’s passing. I had been a patient for many years as were my children until they married and moved. One of my first experiences was an emergency call on a Saturday, he came in for me and brought Danny who was about 3 at the time to assist. Danny had a great time inspecting and climbing around, we always talked about that day. One of my sons who was about 6 at the time fell asleep while getting a check up, that’s how great at getting you to relax he was. He performed many miracles for me over the years, whenever I came he knew it was for a major disaster and we always had a good laugh at his “what did you do now” comment. I enjoyed that dry sense of humour and his singing and humming as he worked away. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Pat (Patient) on: Sep 10, 2021

  • Joy, this was a shock to read of Mark's passing. I always enjoyed my visits, chatting, looking at his recent photos and joking with him and Jo. We started with Mark back in the late 70’s and continued on throughout the years. He was a great guy and always ready to tease. The boys were young and hated going to dentists but when we started with Mark there wasn’t a word or complaint about going. Joy, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this troubled time. He was a great guy and respected by so many. - Posted by: Carole, Chuck, Mark and Chris Balmer (Patients and friends) on: Sep 10, 2021

  • Joy & family, Shocked to hear of Mark’s passing. We always enjoyed the times we spent with you both at dental functions over the years. Mark always had a smile & was so upbeat. May the many memories you have of your life together bring you comfort & a smile to your face. he will be missed. Tom & Janie - Posted by: Tom & Janie Breneman (Friend & colleague ) on: Sep 10, 2021

  • Mark was a true gentleman. He had a knack for just the right blend of advice and humour for any situation. He had a gentle and caring way with his patients and his team. We will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Marc Mollot (Colleague and Friend) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • Mark was an an undergraduate and clinical demonstrator at the U of Mb Dental Faculty. He was one of the "good ones". He was always teaching in a constructive way, quick with humor and respectful of the students. My interactions with Mark both during my training and after graduation were always positive. Although I did not see much of Mark after my Postgraduate training, I always believed he was an asset to the school and to the profession. His influence and humor will be missed. - Posted by: Rob Kaufmann (Student) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • Mark was a very special person. He always had a joke for you within the first 5 minutes of your conversation. Never missed an opportunity to talk about his golf game. I will surely miss him. Great human being and so lucky to have known him. - Posted by: Rafi Mohammed (Friend) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • Dear Joy, Cindy, Kerri and Brian: To tell you I was devastated 💔😢 upon hearing this news of Mark's passing would be an understatement at the very least.. Mark was the first incoming student I met in first year dental college. As a matter of fact we were the only 2 keeners to be there early. It did not surprise me in the least when Mark decided to out on the after burners and finish 4 year with at least 6 awards and recognitions. Mark was always one with whom a conversation could be carried on again sometimes years after no communication. A perfect friend. I often wondered what dental practice would have been like had I accepted his offer to join him in his practice in Wpg after my 6 years in the military. In credit to Mark I think I would have been a lot more relaxed thoughout my 51 years. Mark was to me a professional with great ability enhanced by his outstanding success as a Dale Carnegie graduate and later instructor with Dale Carnegie. I miss you deeply like a brother and your wit hand in hand. This time I want to go where you are going Mark, to be with our Lord Jesus. ❤ - Posted by: (Fellow graduate of 1970) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • I had the good fortune of being a clinical instructor with Mark and the late john Mulhern, in the fourth year general practice clinic. Truly a pair of engaging gentlemen, often we would have a cup of coffee together before heading home for dinner! Beyond being a leader in Organized Dentistry, a superb clinician and a giving instructor, Mark was one of the best story/joke tellers. He could bring me to my knees. Kathy and I enjoyed many gala evenings with Joy and Mark, sharing banter and dancing to live music. Our heartfelt sympathies to Joy and their entire family. - Posted by: Kardy Solmundson (Colleague) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • Until I met Mark going to the dentist was a traumatic experience. Thanks Mark for your skill and expertise and your great sense of humour. My condolences Joy, to you and your family. - Posted by: Pat Werner (Patient ) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • I am so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. He started out as a clinical instructor during my dental school years and has been one of those friendly faces we see at various dental meetings over the years. He always had a great story to tell and we shared lots of laughs too many to remember. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and dental expertise with so many generations of dentists. You will be dearly missed! My condolences to the Buettner family. - Posted by: Nancy Auyeung (dental friend and colleague) on: Sep 08, 2021

  • My condolences Joy and family on the passing of Mark. I have many childhood memories of my time spent with you and Mark babysitting for you when Cindy was first born. Prayers sent to all. Kitty Thach - Posted by: Dorothy Thach (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2021

  • I am truly saddened to hear of Mark's passing He was one of the good guys, & he will be missed by many - Posted by: marshall hoffer (colleague) on: Sep 07, 2021

  • Joy, Cindy, Kerri, Danny and Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I came to work for Dr. B as a new dental hygiene grad and stayed for twenty years. He was a wonderful boss and dentist. He will be missed, but I will remember with fondness all of the great memories that we shared and everything that I learned from him. - Posted by: Lorraine Glassford (former co-worker) on: Sep 07, 2021

  • We were shocked and saddened to hear we’ve lost such a wonderful friend, and our hearts go out to you and all the family. We’ll treasure the great memories of the fun we had, starting a long way back in Ocean Falls when we were all so young! Memories like Mark teaching Dave to fix dentures, our boys inspiring you to add boys to your wonderful family, that great photo of Dave and Mark in shorts, and the visits we’ve so looked forward to over the years even though we live so far apart. Mark’s stories and dry humour were always entertaining and will be missed, though we’ll always be reminded of him by the “Ducks Unlimited” pictures we have on the wall. With love and biggest hugs, Alison & Dave - Posted by: Alison and Dave Crerar (Friend ) on: Sep 07, 2021

  • Dear Joy; I was so saddened to hear about Mark's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mark was such a special person and will be missed by many. I am so thankful for the time we spent together in Tucson. - Posted by: Donna M dempsey (friend) on: Sep 06, 2021

  • We have been neighbours and patients of Dr Buettner for 30 plus years. A wonderful man and extremely caring, compassionate and competent at his profession. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to the family. James family. - Posted by: Ken James (Neighbour and Patient) on: Sep 05, 2021

  • Absolutely shocked to hear about Dr. Buettner's passing. My Mother Pat and I were his patients ever since we moved to Wpg in 1983. As a child, Dr. Buettner NEVER made the dentist something to be afraid of! Such a sense of humour and he was always interested in the crazy jobs and interests I had throughout the years! Condolences to his family, whom he was so obviously very proud of and had pictures all over the office. I was so sad to hear he was retiring, I hope he got to enjoy these last months as best he could. - Posted by: Kristin (Long time Patient) on: Sep 05, 2021

  • Joy, We were shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a remarkable individual and a true ambassador for his profession. His wry sense of humour and caring attitude set him apart. - Posted by: Dr. Dan Sieffert and Michele (Classmate ) on: Sep 05, 2021

  • Dr. Ivan Jackson recommended Dr. Buettner to my Dad (Bill Brockie) when Ivan retired. Dr. Buettner has been our dentist ever since. He always made my visits a good experience. The banter between he and Joanne was always entertaining. His passing was a shock as he just retired. I will hallways have fond memories of my visits. He will be missed. - Posted by: Lynn Greaves (Patient/friend) on: Sep 05, 2021

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