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 are 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.