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ESTHER IDA BUSCH (published on August 23, 2008)

ESTHER IDA BUSCH (SCHINDLE) Peacefully on August 19, 2008, Esther Ida Busch (Schindle) passed away at the Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern, MB, with family at her side. She got her wish to rejoin her husband Leo Adam, who left us in 1981, and her daughter Carla, in 2005. She was born on July 21, 1921, and grew up in the Camper area with her 10 siblings. She got married on December 4, 1936. Afterwards Mom and Dad moved around to different areas and finally settled on the old Kurbis farm in 1947 where they raised their nine children. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her extended family, especially all the special moments with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was very particular about everything in her house and it all had to be a certain way. She would use a butter knife to line up her doilies and ornaments and even the towels in the drawers. All the company quickly learned not to cross the line into the back room and even sitting on the couch was a privilege reserved only for Christmas. Mom had to do most of the work on the farm, such as raking hay with the horses, because Dad was working full time for the Department of Highways. She also maintained a huge garden, always had fresh bread, cinnamon buns and doughnuts in the freezer. Her door was always open to anyone who wanted to visit, and she never knew how many mouths she would have to feed at meal time. After they quit farming, Mom began her career as a painter, but when Dad became sick, she no longer painted and instead began knitting and crocheting to pass the time during Dad's illness. In 1981 she knit 45 sweaters, which all the family benefited from. Over the years she made sure she crocheted afghans for the family and donated them to different fundraising events. She is survived by her sons: Frank ( Frank's Marlene ), Rodney, Leo (Sherry); her daughters: Gwen (Gordon), Penny (John), Marlene Mug (Dave), Darlene Sid (Angelo Worm ), Leeann (Darren); son-in-law Lawrence; and 19 grandchildren: Carmen, Lain, Trevor, Cory, Lori, Denine, Bill, Michael, Holly, Jeremy, Brooke, Ryan, Mark, Vicky, Amber, Dillon, Cassandra, Autumn, Cole; and 15 2/3 great-grandchildren: Adam, Shivanna, TJ, Drenin, Rains, Brendan, Dylan, Mackenzie, Kristy, Cody, Devynn, Dayna, Matthew, Samuel, Michael; along with two sisters and three brothers and other family members. Mom - Nanny - Great-Nanny You were the pillar of our family. When the work had to be done, you'd do it. When the snakes scared Papa, you took care of it. Cooking, baking and cleaning for all your kids and all their friends was just an average day for you. You were the solid trunk of our family tree, but you still knew how to have fun, beating all of us at one time or another in cards. You loved all of us unconditionally and you have instilled this closeness in all of us and our own families. How can we put into words how much you meant to us, and what an impact you had on all of our lives? You babysat the kids without complaint, taking the time to teach them how to bake all your favourite recipes, even if it meant giving you a few extra gray hairs. Knitting and sewing miniature slippers, gardening in the back yard, and picking flowers down the road. All of these simple pleasures we shared together. All of these things might not have seemed like much to you, but they meant the world to us. For each treasured memory, you were there. We thank you and we will always love you. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 25, 2008, at the Ashern Centennial Hall with Melanie Kauppila officiating. A private family interment will take place prior to the service at the Camper Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lakeshore Hospital Guild, in care of Julie Bergner, PO Box 721, Ashern, MB R0C 0E0. The family appreciates all those who enhanced Mom's life with their acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Arrangements by: Arnason Funeral Home Ashern - Lundar 204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593

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