Olga Martha (Paschka) Buesching, 98, who lived a long, industrious and eventful life, journeyed to Heaven on Sunday, July 15, 2012. She was reunited with her devoted husband Fred “Fritz” Buesching, and her recently departed daughter Nancy Tucker and son-in-law Bob Tucker.
Born on January 3, 1914 in Fort Wayne to Theodore and Anna (Schlink) Paschka, she graduated from Luther Institute (now Concordia Lutheran High School), and worked as a bookkeeper at a local business in the early 1930’s.
On March 22, 1936 she was married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne to Frederick Gust Buesching. Following their marriage she and her husband farmed for more than 50 years in Lake Township where they also founded Buesching’s Peat Moss in 1947.
She was a member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. While she was very proud of the five children that they raised, she was most proud of “hanging onto” the family farm through the tough depression years and keeping the family together. She will be remembered for her competitive attitude, strong will, her forthright manner and her sense of humor, especially while playing Euchre with her husband Fred. She truly lived life to the fullest and got the most out of every moment!
She is survived by her four children Kenton (Janne) Buesching of Fort Wayne, Bonnie (Al) Gore of Warsaw, Marlene Augenstein of Fort Wayne, and Dr. Don (Colleen) Buesching of Noblesville; a brother Theodore (Marcella) Paschka of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren Rhonda (Todd) Jones of Pierceton, Robert Buesching of Fort Wayne, Lori Thompson of Orcutt, Calif., Michael Gore of Costa Mesa, Calif., Randy Augenstein of Leander, Tx., Daniel (Ginger) Buesching of Fort Wayne, Rene’ (Joe) Leitheim of Hamilton, River (Shandra) Augenstein of Doe Bay, Wash., Ryan (Olivia) Augenstein of Fort Wayne, Seth (Tiffany) Buesching of Noblesville, Kathleen (Scott) Mulholland of Chicago, and Logan Buesching of Noblesville; 16 great-grandchildren; two nephews Gaylord (Marilyn) Gerke of The Villages, Fla., and Gene Paschka of Fort Wayne; and a niece and caregiver Judy (widow of nephew Linden) Gerke of Leo.
Her husband preceded her in death on December 16, 1993. Also deceased are her parents, a daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Robert Tucker; a sister Mary Gerke, along with a sister and two brothers who died in childhood; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Olga’s richly textured life will be celebrated at 3 p. m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 W. California Rd., with visitation two hours prior to the service. Pastor William E. Mueller, officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.
Memorials should be directed to Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 W. California Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818; or the Robert and Nancy Buesching Tucker Scholarship Fund c/o Whitley County Community Foundation, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, IN 46725
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
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