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Helen Madeline (Rich) Bush

d. April 7, 2023

Helen Madeline Bush, 89, of Graceton, Pennsylvania, died April 7, 2023, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of the late Michael and Rose (Evansic) Rich and was born September 1, 1933, in Indiana, PA.

Helen was the center of her extended family, hosting many memorable holiday and family gatherings with sumptuous feasts and rollicking conversations. She was compassionate and cared for her community. Even after retiring from nursing at facilities, she continued to provide health services and support to those in need. She valued education, campaigning for and joining the Homer-Center School Board, and championed women’s rights, joining in women’s civil rights marches in Washington, DC.

Helen had a many decades career in nursing, earning a Registered Nurses certificate from the Indiana School of Nursing in 1954. She was a compassionate champion for her patients at Indiana Hospital and Torrance State Hospital, earning much respect from patients, family, and other staff. Helen was married to Charles R. “Dick” Bush for over 60 years. Together they were devoted parents, grandparents, and dear friends to many and were partners in many adventures, including decades of making annual family beach trips to Ocean Isle, NC, and several months long RV tours of the West, and in their later years, they relished spending the winter months in Florida.

Helen was also an active member of the Homer City Historical Society, Indiana Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, and the Red Hat Society of Ruskin, FL.

Helen loved to cook and bake, crochet, do digs for fossils, precious minerals, and gems, collect antiques, listen to Harry Belafonte and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and was a devoted fan of the Steelers, getting the chance to meet her favorite player, Franco Harris. She gardened, growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and nursed a wee two foot tall Magnolia from a trip to NC to grow into a towering tree that stands in her yard today.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Tracy Bush of Black Lick; her son, Lance Bush, and daughter-in-law, Katharine Kaplan; their children, Devon Bush, Sebastian Bush, and Ella Osdoba, all residing in Washington, DC. She is also survived by her sister Carol DeCario and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews that she loved dearly.

Helen's deceased family members include her husband, Charles R (Dick) Bush, parents Mike and Rose Rich, and sister, Delores Bellisimo

Interment will be held at noon at St. Francis Cemetery in Graceton/Coral on Saturday, June 17. This will be followed by a celebration of life at Nap's Cuccina Mia in Indiana, PA.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please bring stories or photos to share for the celebration of life.

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