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Bernita L. Bush

August 12, 1924 December 2, 2021
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Obituary for Bernita L. Bush

BERNITA L. BUSH, 97, of Morrison, IL, entered eternal life on December 2, 2021, at Windsor Manor in Morrison with family members beside her.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. A visitation for family and friends will be held at 10:00 AM preceding the service. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Bernita Lena Schumacher Bush was born to George and Louisa (Kahler) Schumacher on August 12, 1924. She grew up on their farm north of Morrison. Bernita attended West Clyde School for 8 years then continued on to graduate from Morrison High School in 1942.

Bernita married Robert William Bush on September 25, 1942, and were married for 50 years. Most of their lives together were spent farming north of Morrison where they raised 3 children. Bernita remained on the farm after Bob’s death in 1993. She later had a loving farm companion, Ed Dittmar, for 15 years.

Bernita was a life-long member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, being baptized there May 1926. Until recent years she was especially active with the church quilters, whose quilts were donated worldwide. Besides being a farm wife, she also worked locally at the National Tea grocery store for 19 years. At the farm, Bernita enjoyed her flowers, daylilies and hostas; she also liked to ride the lawn mower and wouldn’t let anyone help her with this task until her 90’s. When sweet corn was ready, Bernita was the first one to gather all the pans to organize the day’s work. Bernita loved playing cards with her friends, especially pinochle and euchre. Bernita also enjoyed fishing, bird watching and traveling whenever given the opportunity.

She is the mother of three children, Larry Bush of Morrison, Carol Stadler-Brandt (H. Gary Snipes) of Manning, SC and Rodney Bush of Morrison.

Bernita has five grandchildren, Dawn Bush, Jonathon (Rhonda) Bush, Lori (Tim) Matlack, Bradley Bush, and Amy (Kevin) Kerley; four great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren.

Of her Schumacher family, she is survived by one brother, Allen (Elaine) Schumacher of Peoria; one brother-in-law, Marvin Geerts.

Bernita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; one brother, Wilmer Schumacher; one sister, Ila Jean Geerts; one grandchild, Robin Bush; two sons-in-law, George Stadler and David Brandt; two daughters-in-law, Ruth Bush and Pam Bush.

A heartfelt thank you goes to her granddaughter, Dawn, who was her special caretaker for the past several years.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

9

Dec

10:00 AM 12/9/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/9/2021 11:00:00 AM
Bethesda Lutheran Church

301 West South Street
Morrison, IL 61270

Bethesda Lutheran Church
301 West South Street Morrison 61270 IL
United States

Service

Thursday

9

Dec

11:00 AM 12/9/2021 11:00:00 AM
Bethesda Lutheran Church

301 West South Street
Morrison, IL 61270

Bethesda Lutheran Church
301 West South Street Morrison 61270 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Grove Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

East High Street
Morrison, IL 61270

East High Street Morrison 61270 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bethesda Lutheran Church

301 West South Street
Morrison, IL 61270
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