Linda Bright, West Union, Iowa, December 5, 2017

Linda​ ​Lou​ ​(Luchsinger)​ ​Bright​ ​of​ ​West​ ​Union,​ ​Iowa​ ​passed​ ​away​ ​on​ ​December​ ​5th,​ ​2017​ ​at​ ​home​ ​surrounded​ ​by her​ ​loving​ ​family. She​ ​was​ ​born​ ​on​ ​March​ ​21,​ ​1947​ ​in​ ​West​ ​Union,​ ​IA​ ​​ ​eldest​ ​child​ ​of​ ​Lester​ ​and​ ​Lois​ ​(Yauslin)​ ​Luchsinger’s​ ​​ ​three children.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​baptized​ ​and​ ​confirmed​ ​at​ ​Union​ ​Sunday​ ​School​ ​(United​ ​Methodist,​ ​Clermont).​ ​​ ​Growing​ ​up she​ ​enjoyed​ ​a​ ​special​ ​bond​ ​with​ ​her​ ​mother​ ​and​ ​grandmother​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​carrying​ ​on​ ​many​ ​family​ ​traditions. She​ ​graduated​ ​from​ ​Valley​ ​School​ ​District​ ​(Clermont)​ ​with​ ​the​ ​class​ ​of​ ​1965.​ ​​ ​After​ ​graduation​ ​she​ ​showed​ ​her independence​ ​moving​ ​to​ ​Cedar​ ​Rapids​ ​for​ ​employment​ ​at​ ​Square​ ​D.

Linda​ ​married​ ​Don​ ​Bright​ ​on​ ​October​ ​22,​ ​1966​ ​at​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Methodist​ ​Church​ ​in​ ​Elgin,​ ​Iowa.​ ​To​ ​this​ ​union​ ​two children​ ​were​ ​born,​ ​Devin​ ​Lee​ ​and​ ​6​ ​years​ ​later​ ​to​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​Alesha​ ​Ann.​ ​They​ ​made​ ​their​ ​family​ ​home​ ​in​ ​the Denver,​ ​Iowa​ ​community.​ ​​ ​During​ ​this​ ​time​ ​Linda​ ​worked​ ​at​ ​Sears,​ ​Dick​ ​Witham​ ​Chevrolet,​ ​and​ ​Community Motors.​ ​Linda​ ​was​ ​very​ ​active​ ​in​ ​Mt.​ ​Hope​ ​United​ ​Methodist​ ​Church​ ​and​ ​the​ ​children’s​ ​activities.​ ​The​ ​family enjoyed​ ​many​ ​special​ ​vacations​ ​and​ ​adventures,​ ​which​ ​all​ ​still​ ​speak​ ​fondly​ ​of​ ​to​ ​this​ ​day.

Linda​ ​and​ ​Don​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​New​ ​Ulm,​ ​Minnesota​ ​in​ ​1994​ ​enjoying​ ​nearly​ ​15​ ​years​ ​in​ ​the​ ​community.​ ​​ ​Linda​ ​worked​ ​for Direct​ ​Mail​ ​(PGI)​ ​and​ ​was​ ​very​ ​active​ ​at​ ​Oakwood​ ​United​ ​Methodist​ ​Church.​ ​​ ​She​ ​enjoyed​ ​helping​ ​and organizing​ ​church​ ​events,​ ​serving​ ​meals​ ​and​ ​making​ ​desserts​ ​for​ ​all​ ​to​ ​enjoy.​ ​​ ​During​ ​this​ ​time​ ​she​ ​was privileged​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​a​ ​mission​ ​trip​ ​that​ ​that​ ​took​ ​her​ ​to​ ​Kentucky​ ​and​ ​a​ ​retreat​ ​in​ ​Northern​ ​Minnesota.

Linda​ ​and​ ​Don​ ​retired​ ​in​ ​2008​ ​and​ ​moved​ ​back​ ​to​ ​West​ ​Union,​ ​Iowa​ ​to​ ​be​ ​near​ ​family.​ ​​ ​Even​ ​though​ ​she​ ​retired she​ ​did​ ​not​ ​slow​ ​down.​ ​​ ​Linda​ ​was​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Methodist​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​West​ ​Union,​ ​United​ ​Methodist Women,​ ​Emmaus​ ​Community,​ ​Kaleidoscope​ ​board,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Fayette​ ​County​ ​Election​ ​Board.​ ​​ ​Linda​ ​also​ ​enjoyed contributing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Fayette​ ​County​ ​Historical​ ​Center.​ ​​ ​She​ ​loved​ ​keeping​ ​an​ ​eye​ ​out​ ​for​ ​items​ ​that​ ​she​ ​knew would​ ​go​ ​with​ ​the​ ​themes​ ​of​ ​the​ ​different​ ​rooms;​ ​arranging​ ​them​ ​so​ ​they​ ​looked​ ​“back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​day”.​ ​​ ​Maybe her​ ​attraction​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Historical​ ​Center​ ​is​ ​explained​ ​knowing​ ​that​ ​is​ ​where​ ​she​ ​was​ ​born​ ​when​ ​it​ ​was​ ​formerly the​ ​community​ ​hospital.

No​ ​matter​ ​where​ ​she​ ​lived​ ​Linda​ ​was​ ​known​ ​for​ ​having​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​garage​ ​sales​ ​around.​ ​She​ ​always​ ​had a​ ​way​ ​of​ ​getting​ ​the​ ​customers​ ​to​ ​come​ ​from​ ​miles​ ​away​ ​for​ ​those​ ​“hot​ ​bargains”.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​enjoyed​ ​reading, gardening​ ​and​ ​traveling.​ ​​ ​Through​ ​the​ ​years,​ ​Linda​ ​volunteered​ ​in​ ​many​ ​organizations​ ​and​ ​events.​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​No​ ​matter how​ ​busy​ ​her​ ​schedule,​ ​it​ ​seemed​ ​she​ ​always​ ​found​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​energy​ ​to​ ​help​ ​others.​ ​​ ​She​ ​will​ ​be​ ​greatly missed​ ​by​ ​all​ ​who​ ​knew​ ​her.

Linda’s​ ​pride​ ​and​ ​joy​ ​was​ ​watching​ ​her​ ​children​ ​grow​ ​and​ ​start​ ​families​ ​of​ ​their​ ​own.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​always​ ​excited​ ​to attend​ ​her​ ​grandchildren’s​ ​events​ ​and​ ​activities.​ ​​ ​Linda​ ​always​ ​supported​ ​them​ ​and​ ​beamed​ ​with​ ​pride​ ​for every​ ​challenge​ ​tackled​ ​and​ ​achievement​ ​accomplished.​ ​​ ​All​ ​the​ ​grandchildren​ ​are​ ​held​ ​close​ ​in​ ​her​ ​heart.

Preceding​ ​Linda​ ​in​ ​death​ ​​a​re​ ​her​ ​parents,​ ​Lester​ ​and​ ​Lois​ ​Luchsinger​ ​and​ ​both​ ​sets​ ​of​ ​grandparents.

She​ ​is​ ​survived​ ​by​ ​her​ ​husband​ ​of​ ​51​ ​years,​ ​Donald;​ ​son,​ ​Devin​ ​(Laura)​ ​Bright​ ​of​ ​Fox​ ​River​ ​Grove,​ ​Ilinois;​ ​daughter, Alesha​ ​(Gregory)​ ​Wettleson​ ​of​ ​Gunder,​ ​Iowa;​ ​grandchildren,​ ​Lindsay,​ ​Abigail​ ​and​ ​Jared​ ​Bright,​ ​Mariah,​ ​Jodie​ ​and Ryan​ ​Wettleson​ ​and​ ​Steven​ ​Kress;​ ​brother,​ ​Leslie “Scott”​ ​(Carolyn)​ ​Luchsinger,​ ​Fayette,​ ​Iowa;​ ​sister,​ ​Lolita Luchsinger,​ ​Mason​ ​City,​ ​Iowa​ ​and​ ​many​ ​other​ ​family​ ​and​ ​friends.

The​ ​family​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​Gundersen​ ​Palmer​ ​Hospice,​ ​family,​ ​neighbors​ ​and​ ​friends​ ​for​ ​their​ ​support.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 at United Methodist Church, West Union, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at United Methodist Church, West Union, Iowa with Rev. Chris Ebbers as the Officiant.

Burial will follow at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, West Union, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.

Grau Funeral Homes has been honored to serve the families and loved ones of these individuals. By presenting this information we hope to assist those close to these families with planning for their service. If you have questions or comments about any of the information found on this page, please let us know by email or telephone.