Lucille Busch

December 13, 1922 - June 15, 2020

Lucille Caroline Busch died after a short illness on June 15th, 2020 at Mala Strana, in New Prague. Lucy was born on December 13, 1922 in the Maxa family farm house just outside of New Prague.  She was the third daughter of four children born to Jacob and Anna Maxa.


Lucy reminisced of her early days in which they used horses to plow the fields, getting picked up (along with her siblings and neighboring children) from school in the winter snow storms by her father Jake with the horse and sleigh.  Lucy enjoyed her school years and graduated from New Prague High School.  She talked of going to see and dance to the Lawrence Welk band in her late teens with her sisters and friends. Lucy met Eugene (Gene) Busch of St. Benedict, Minnesota, for the first time at a dance hall in Heidelberg, Minnesota.  They fell in love and married on September 5, 1945.


Lucy’s world revolved around caring for her children and Gene for much of her life.  As a good Czech woman, Lucy made delicious baked rolls and kolaches.  Her children remember racing to get home to smell and eat the freshly baked rolls after their school day. Gene and Lucy made a loving and formidable team, and for years reupholstered furniture, planted large vegetable gardens, butchered and dressed chickens for the freezer, and made sauerkraut, pickles, jam, and took on countless other projects that required energy and creativity.


Lucy, along with Gene, enjoyed their various pets over the years, baking, cooking, camping, fishing, traveling, and spending time with their family and friends.  Gene and Lucy also cherished several trips to their ancestor’s birth countries, Germany and Czechoslovakia.  Lucy lived the last seven years of her life at Mala Strana, where she continued to enjoy her flowers, bird-watching, reading, and of course her children, grandchildren, and the various dogs they would bring to visit. She was also blessed to have her two sisters, Clara and Dorothy also at Mala Strana at the same time for several years.


Lucy was a life-long member of St. Wenceslaus Church.  Lucy lived her faith in her daily life, through her kindness in both words and actions, treating others as she wanted to be treated, and not judging others.


Lucille is survived by her seven children: Nancy Buczek of Baltimore, MD, Jim (Linda) Busch of Loretto, MN, Dennis (RoxAnne) Busch of New Prague, MN, Susan (Dale) Speetzen of Apple Valley, MN, Kevin (Rachel) Busch of Mankato, MN, Marty (Sue) Busch of Red Wing, MN, and Michael (Mary) Busch of New Prague, MN.  14 Grandchildren: Matt (Lauren) Ballinger, Drew (Michelle) Ballinger, Melissa (Andy) Dahl, Mindy (Drew) Hansen, Dawn (Karl) Busch-Manske, Stefan Busch, and Jackie (Corey) Martinson, David (Melissa) Speetzen, Molly Smedsrud, Sarah Busch, Josh (Elise) Busch, Anna Busch, Emma Busch, and Ada Busch.  She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren.


Lucy was preceded in death by her loving husband Eugene, one grandchild, Emmy Smedsrud, Lucy’s sisters, her brother, and in-laws: Clara (Felix) Kohn, and Dorothy (Al) Koppi, and her brother Jake (Audrey) Maxa.


Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Mass will be live-streamed on  Burial will take place at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery following Mass.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mala Strana for the wonderful care Lucy received during her residence.

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Ken Siskoff
2 months ago

Sorry to hear your Mom passed away. May she Rest In Peace. Ken Siskoff

2 months ago
June Maxa downing
2 months ago

Dear family
I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mom/ grandma was such a wonderful lady, aunt and person. She brought so much goodness and love to all of us. I was blessed to have her as my Godmother, she touched the heart of my mom and dad, and our whole family(as did your wonderful dad too). Our love and prayers are there with you today and always, your parents are looking at you all with great pride for all you’ve become and continue to be.
Sincerely, June Maxa downing

Terry and Pat Tietz.
2 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Terry’s mom Lillian loved spending time with Lucille. They lived in the same neighborhood for such a long time, and their friendship went back to when you were kids and went to the lake on the 4th of July. When your mom went into the nursing home, she missed her terribly. She tried to visit her as much as she could till her own health got bad.

Deb Busch
3 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Lucy was a sweet lady. I enjoyed getting to know her better in the years she was at Mala Strana while I was working there. I also enjoyed meeting and visiting with the Busch cousins when you were visiting your mom. You are all in our thoughts and we will be praying with you on Friday. Deb and Ron Busch

Cheryl Rezac
3 months ago

We were lucky to live next door to Gene and Lucy for almost 10 years . As we would bring each of 4 daughters home from the hospital, Lucy would sneak a peak and deliver something freshly baked. She was always smiling! Such a sweetheart!

Annie Kartak
3 months ago

Dear Busch Family, I can still remember the laughter as Lucy, Gene, Jake and Audree sat around the kitchen table at the farm, enjoying a warm Old Milwaukee beer and each other’s company. At the time you do not realize how special these ordinary times were. We are all fortunate to have had these good salt of the earth people in our lives. May you find comfort in good memories.
Annie Kartak

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