Vivian B. Messina

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Vivian B. Messina

Millbrook - Vivian Brown Busch Messina, 97, a resident at The Fountains, Millbrook, NY since 2008 and formerly of Yorktown Heights and Peekskill, NY passed away peacefully on March 12, 2013 at her home after a long battle with breast cancer.

Vivian was born in Peekskill, NY on July 9, 1915, the eldest child of Lewis Brown and Josephine Ansorge Brown. She grew up in Peekskill and Roe Park (Cortlandt Manor), and attended Peekskill schools.

She married William H. Busch, in Peekskill on September 19, 1933. She worked at Fleishman's for some years and then worked for the Lakeland School District for 35 years as a server, cook, head cook and cashier until age 73. She worked in many of the schools including Toddville, Walter Panas, Copper Beach, and longest at Lincoln Titus Elementary. She was always smiling and loved "her" teachers.

William passed away June 18, 1965, leaving Vivian a widow at age 49 with two children still at home. She never waivered, but persevered always putting her children's needs above her own. With incredible strength and love, she worked 3 jobs to put her daughter through college to receive an education that she, herself never achieved. She was always guiding, always there to support her 3 children with warmth, a smile and a keen sense of humor.

On December 19, 1970, she married Nicholas Messina. He predeceased her on January 22, 1976. During their marriage they enjoyed traveling and camping. She was an avid reader and loved going to the Cortlandt / Yorktown Senior Centers, to line dance. She also enjoyed going for long walks and enjoyed all the nature that surrounded her, She instilled this in her family.

After her retirement, Vivian traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada, Hawaii and Europe, sometimes with friends to far off places. Her greatest enjoyment was when she went camping with her daughter, son-in-law and beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth and Melissa, who were the loves of her life. She participated in all their endeavors, always cheering them on; from sporting events, music recitals, graduations, even flying to Dallas, TX at age 80 to watch Melissa in a cheerleading competition.

"Grammy" was our rock through all our lives, our best friend, a great listener and an amazing advisor. Her mind was sharper than a 30 years old and we could always count on her to remind us of things we had forgotten. Words can not describe the viod and loss we must now endure. We know she is going to be watching over us still in all we do, but we will miss her terribly.

She is survived by her loving children: Her daughter, Vivian Kulich and her husband Ronald of Pleasant Valley; and granddaughter Elizabeth Panesa and her husband Paul of Poughkeepsie, with great-grandchildren Peyton and Travis. And granddaughter Melissa Weisenfels and her husband Thomas of Wilmington, DE with great-grandchildren Lillian & Andrew. And her son, Allan Busch and his wife Sue of Smith Mountain Lake, VA; and granddaughter Diane Hansen and husband Tim of Jericho, VT with great-grandchildren Carly & Lukas. And granddaughter Doreen Busch of Hollywood, FL.

And her other son, William Busch and his wife Dolores of Goode, VA; and granddaughter Beverly Hunter and her husband Jeff of Bedford, VA; and also grandsons William Busch Jr and his wife Jill of Forest, VA and James Busch and his wife Tammy of Goode, VA. As well as 10 great-grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Vivian was also predeceased by her granddaughter Donna Angus in November 2004.

As "Grammy" always said, "Joyful, Joyful…Always, Always!!!"

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 15th from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the E.O. Curry Funeral Home, Peekskill, where a Funeral Service will be held 11am, Saturday, March 16th followed by interment in the Hillside Cemetery, Cortlandt Manor.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the or Heart Assocation, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 or to the Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E. Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588

The family would like to thank the staff at the Inn at the Fountains, Millbrook for their compassionate care and sensitivity to our mother and us while she was a resident there.

To offer condolences to her family or donations, please visit:

E.O. Curry Funeral Home

313 N. James St., Peekskill


Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2013
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