In Memory of

Eileen M. Bush

September 9, 1932 - June 15, 2016
Eileen Mae Bush, daughter of Archie and Emma (Girard) Begnoche, was born on September 9, 1932, near Jefferson, South Dakota. She attended rural elementary school at Sioux Point, South Dakota until 1946, Elk Point School for one year, and then finished her education in Sioux City, Iowa, where she graduated from Heelan High School in 1950. On July 11, 1950, Eileen married James Francis Bush of rural Cleghorn, Iowa, at Sacred Heart Church in Sioux City, Iowa. They lived on the family farm southwest of Cherokee, where they raised eight children. She took great pride in being a housewife. Eileen was a member of the Maryhill Visitation Church where she was active as a Eucharistic Minister, served on the decorating committee, and belonged to the Maryhill Guild. After a storm demolished the church in August, 2006, she became a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee, where she sang with the I.C. funeral choir and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. For many years, she and Jim were avid members of the Marcus and Kingsley square dance clubs. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, square dancing, playing cards, writing letters, and reading 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' books. She especially enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eileen will be lovingly remembered by her four sons and three daughters: Dennis (Deb) Bush of Cleghorn, IA, Patricia (Doug) Mortenson of Maple Grove, MN, Wayne Bush of Cherokee, IA, Charlotte (Joseph) Groves of Cherokee, IA, Evonne (Chris) Hockert of Stanchfield, MN, Alan (Christine) Bush of Cleghorn, IA, and Bryan (Lori) Bush of Cleghorn, IA. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Nathan (Jenni) Bush, Randall (Leann) Bush, Dana (Chris) O'Connell, Angela (Travis) Benner, Amber (Rusty) Hartman, Jeff Groves, Eric Groves, Ryan Hockert, Regina Hockert, Joseph (Sara) Bush, Josh Bush, Daniel Bush, Emily Bush, Michael Bush, and Megan Bush; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Cleo Begnoche and Harvey (Joyce) Begnoche; one sister, Carol (Robert) Bliven; one sister-in-law, Erma Bush; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Bush, in 2013; a son, Kenneth J. Bush, in 1984, and her parents, Archie and Emma Begnoche. Eileen was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and will truly be missed by all those whose lives she touched.
10:30 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Ryan Hockert Dan Bush Michael Bush Jeff Groves Eric Groves Joe Bush Josh Bush
2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a rosary at 4:00 p.m., and a prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m. The family will be present from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.
"I Heard the Voice of Jesus" "Shepherd Me, O God" "Celtic Alleluia" "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" "Ave Maria" "Song of Farewell" "All Creatures of our God and King" "Mary Did You Know"
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May you find strength from family, and friends. ”
- Cindy C. Werner
Monday, June 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We are sorry for your loss and know what a void you will feel. Praying that you will feel the Lords comfort in the days ahead.”
- Joanne and Gene Petersen
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am very sorry that Eileen has passed, although I understand that mercifully, it went quickly and painlessly. While my contacts with her were limited, she was always friendly and energetic with a great sense of humor. I know that as the family matriarch, her role will be irreplaceable and she will be greatly missed.”
- Charles "Chuck" G. Groves
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Hard to believe that ball of energy has been stilled! So many wonderful memories of going square dancing, playing cards with Jim & Eileen & John & Doris Fry, meals together. Eileen never forgot our birthdays or anniversary . Every card always had a newsy note in it. So glad we got to have lunch with her May 12. Had a wonderful visit. ”
- Bob & Vicki Nichols
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Prayers and condolences to the Bush family. I will always cherish the few times I was truly blessed to be able to spend time with Aunt Eileen and her family. She truly was a Godly based woman who enjoyed God's creations and her family. She was a great cook, gardener, home maker, mom, square dancer and writer. I learned so much from her and the Bush family farm. I am blessed to be her nephew. Sorry I am not able to attend her visitation and funeral. I will miss her love of nature, her fantastic letters and love for me and my family. However, I know she is a better place now and is free of the pains and struggles of this life. I pray for her family in these difficult days. Love you and will miss my Aunt Eileen.”
- Rob W Bliven
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of your family. Eileen was a wonderful person to have the privilege of knowing. We never heard her speak ill of anyone. God bless each of you.”
- Pete and Mariann Leisinger
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“A truly lovely lady inside and out, it was my pleasure knowing her.”
- Julie A Cross
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry about Aunt Eileen. Her celebration of life video was very touching, it brought tears and memories of visiting your farm, playing with dear cousins, riding the mule and best of all the sound of Aunt Eileen laughing. ”
- Susan (Begnoche) Copple
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I will miss her Christmas cards and handwritten letters-Aunt Eileen once told me that my youngest daughter Rachel looked like her when she was around 10 years old. Rachel's 2yr old daughter's middle name is Mae, my grandson Henry's birthday is also Sept. 9th-I wished I had been able to spend more time visiting Aunt Eileen she was such a wonderful women.
Please know I am thinking of you all and sending prayers for peace at this difficult time.”
- Therese Begnoche Hurshman
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I will truly miss my Aunt Eileen. She always wanted to know how I was doing as I traveled around the USA teaching kids. She wanted to know all about Montana and its farming and ranching. Heaven gained an angel. Love you all!”
- Renee A Bliven
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to here of Eileen's passing. She and my mom were friends for 70+ years. My mom always spoke of how much fun she had growing up with her. I appreciate that she came to my mom's funeral in 2014 They will be best friends in heaven too.”
- Paula R Curcio
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