Generose M. Bush, 90, formerly of Luverne and Magnolia, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at the Parkview Manor in Ellsworth.
A private family funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth with burial at Ashwood Cemetery in Kanaranzi.
Generose Wieck was born on March 23, 1930, to Lester and Edna (Vogt) Wieck at the Lester Wieck farm home now owned by her son Gary Bush near Magnolia. She attended school in Magnolia and was a member of the Magnolia Methodist Church until her marriage.
She married LeRoy Bush on Dec. 23, 1947, at the Luverne Methodist parsonage in Luverne. LeRoy and Generose rented the farm where LeRoy was born until they bought it from the Louie Bush Estate around 1970. Generose was a farm wife and mother until 1964 when she started working at Campbell’s Soup in Worthington. In 1967 she worked at the Tastee Freeze in Luverne and continued there for a few years. She cared for her husband for a number of years when he became ill. He passed away on Oct. 5, 2004. Generose moved to The Oaks in 2014. She missed the farm for the rest of her life. In 2015 she moved to Poplar Creek, and in March 2019 she became a resident of Parkview Manor in Ellsworth.
In her free time, Generose loved to work in her flower garden. She also enjoyed reading until macular degeneration caused her vision to fail.
For several years the family performed country music for several functions, with Generose on the piano, LeRoy and Gary on guitars, and the family singing. In later years, LeRoy and Generose performed together and flew to Nashville once for a studio recording by their grandson, Jason, shortly before LeRoy became ill.
Generose is survived by her children, Margaret Ann (Gerald) Saetveit of New London, Gary (Rita) Bush of Magnolia, Susan (Dave) Michalke of Goodland, Alan (Mary Beth) Bush of Garner, Iowa, and Michael (Colleen) Bush of Baxter; 16 grandchildren, Ryan (Stacey), Jason, Christopher (Jenny), and Nathan (Deb) Saetveit, Derek (Kristi) Bush, Stacie (Bart) Wuebben, Justin (Katherine) Bush, Amy (Wade) Sagehorn, Kory (Cassie) and Jamey (Sarah) Michalke, Matthew and Megan Bush, Brooke (Todd) Fisher, and Brandon, Kyle and Kayla Bush; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Evelyn Bruhn, Beverly (Art) Fleseland, and Marilyn Sudenga; and a brother, Verlyn (Alma) Wieck.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy Bush; and an infant brother, Roger Wieck.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.