NANCY BUESCHING TUCKER, of rural Churubusco, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. "Our amazing wife, mother, sister, aunt, and Gummi." She grew up on the family farm south of Churubusco with her beloved siblings (and outlaws), Ken (Janne) Buesching of Arcola, Bonnie (Al) Gore of Warsaw, Marlene Augenstein of Fort Wayne, and Don (Colleen) Buesching of Noblesville. A passion for gardening emerged with the only lingering question being which sibling threw her precious bride doll to the pigs. Much to the chagrin of parents, Fred and Olga Buesching, she was spirited from the farm by 'Randy Virginia Hillbilly' and Elvis lookalike complete with guitar, Robert Tucker. They enjoyed nearly 50 years together with minimal bouts of flying Spam. She attended Concordia High School and received her nursing degree from Lutheran School of Nursing. Complete with "flying nun hat", she trained at Lutheran Hospital and helped establish the first kidney dialysis unit in Fort Wayne. While she worked in many departments, she fell in love with Emergency Medicine. Her career spanned over 40 years with the majority spent at Riverview Hospital ER, inNoblesville. Though only officially titled "Mother of the Year" in Hamilton County in 1978, she was an amazing mother to daughters, Rene' (Tucker) Leitheim of Hamilton, and Rhonda (Tucker) Jones of Pierceton. After years of parenting girls, favorite status quickly transferred to sons-in-law, Todd Jones of Churubusco (who received a herd of turtles as a dowry) and Joseph Leitheim of Margretsville, Nova Scotia (who received a honeymoon trip to Mexico for the "whole" family). Her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren, Zachary, Cassie and Emily Jones and Cherrish and Nathaniel Leitheim. She delighted in their escapades from stashing unwanted Thanksgiving turkey in their pants, blowing up toilets, winning the soccer sectional, softball championships, cheering on the Lady Wildcats, displays of intense stubbornness like their mothers, and the artistry of her eldest to the sweet melodies of her little movie star. No services will be held in respect of her wishes. To honor her love and dedication to family, friends, and the field of nursing, please send memorials to the Nancy Buesching Tucker Nursing Scholarship Fund c/o Whitley County Community Foundation, PO Box 527, Columbia City, IN 46725.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 18, 2012