Norbert Bufka

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Born (1941-06-09) June 9, 1941 (age 83)
Leelanau County
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • St. Joseph's Seminary
  • Illinois State University
  • Author
  • Historian

Norbert Bufka (born on June 9, 1941) is an author and historian. Raised in Leelanau County, Michigan, Bufka has authored over 20 books about local history, religion, genealogy, civic life, and language.[1]

Early Life

Bufka was born and raised on a farm in Leelanau County, Michigan. His family raised chickens for eggs and meat, as well as dairy cows to provide milk and cream. They grew various hays, grain, and corn for the animals, as well as fruit trees (apple, apricot, pear, plum) and vegetables for the family's consumption.[2]

Bufka attended a local public school before entering and graduating from St. Joseph's Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1961. He went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in History from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and a Master's degree in Latin from Illinois State University. Bufka later earned a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans.


Bufka taugh American History and Latin for seven years at Bad Axe High School in Michigan. He ran his own agency for life and health insurance for over twenty years and briefly owned his own computer software business. Before retiring, Bufka served as the Director of Faith Formation at Assumption Parish in Midland, Michigan.

Bufka began his writing career with letters to editors and over 100 op-ed columns for the Midland Daily News. [3] He began researching and writing books in 2008.


  1. "Books".
  2. Empire, Mailing Address: 9922 Front Street; Us, MI 49630 Phone:326-4700 Contact. "The Bufka Farm - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)".

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