Obituary of Edna Mae Bansemer
Edna Mae (Lehman) Bansemer ended her 100-year journey on this earth, passing away quietly on Oct. 9, 2014, at Brunswick Village.
Edna was born in Halstead, Kan., a small wheat farming Mennonite community, on April 14, 1914. She was the first of five children. Her mother died when she was 16 years old, leaving four younger siblings which she helped raise.
After graduating from high school, she entered nurses’ training at a Catholic Hospital, graduated in 1936, and went on to become a registered nurse. Soon after, she was introduced to Herman, her husband-to-be, who was home on leave from the Navy.
They were married on Aug. 22, 1937, and then moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he was stationed. She began working at St. Mary’s Catholic Hospital in Long Beach, raising her daughter Karen alone, while Herman was overseas in the South Pacific. Edna was truly part of the “Greatest Generation.” After the war was over, her second child, Bruce, was born and she became a full-time homemaker.
In 1959, they purchased property in Grass Valley, Calif., and gradually began to build their dream home together. After Herman’s retirement from the Long beach Fire Department in 1966, they moved to Grass Valley.
Her greatest passion was “to be in the garden,” and she loved to share her plants and yard. And so, she was an active member of a local garden club. Her faith and her church, Cedar Ridge Baptist, played a very important part in her life. She was also active in the Republican Party.
Edna never stopped being a caregiver, in that she always was willing to help anyone in need. Those who knew her loved her because she was such a giving and kind person.
I wish to thank all who were involved with her care in her last years: Andy Bernadette, caregivers who took care of her at home, those at Eskaton (DaySpring), Hospice of the Foothills, and Brunswick Village.
She will be buried next to her husband of 72 years, Herman, at the Sacramento Valley Military Cemetery in Dixon. Her husband and her son Bruce, predecease her. She is survived by her daughter Karen.
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