Mary Bush, 94, Austin

Published 10:22 am Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mary “Alice” (Cooling) Bush, 94, formerly of Austin, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Prairie Manor in Blooming Prairie.

She was born July 13, 1919 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Clifford and Helen (Dolan) Cooling. She graduated from East High School in Waterloo in 1938. After high school she worked at Rath Meat Packing in Waterloo. On Oct. 16, 1942, she married Chester “Bud” Doyle Bush in Jefferson City, Mo. In September of 1943 they lost their first born son, Doyle after only a few weeks of life. After Chester’s tour of duty in World War II they moved to Myrtle and shortly after moved to Austin where they raised nine children.

Mary Bush

Mary Bush

She worked at Land O’Lakes in Albert Lea and then at the Downtown Motel in Austin.

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She enjoyed family, sewing, quilting, plants, playing cards, the farm and bargains. She belonged to the Extension Club, Project Club and the TOW Club. Her fondest memories were of her family.

Survivors include her children, Alan (Maryann Koeppell) Bush, Austin, Gary Bush, Albert Lea, Barbara (Craig) Bellrichard, Burnsville, David Bush, Austin, Nancy (Michael) Bennett, Cottage Grove, Debbie Johnson, Rochester, and John (Jodi Siegler) Bush, Chanhassen; daughter-in-law, Janelle Bush, Alden; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marcella Cooling, Waterloo, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Helen Cooling; husband, Chester “Bud” Bush; brothers, Robert and John Cooling; sons, Doyle and Thomas Bush; and daughter, April Lerum.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Dale Tupper officiating. There will be a 5 p.m. CCW rosary and a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Nashua, Iowa.

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