Regina Bussert, 80

Regina (Leitgieb) Bussert, 80, of Wabash, died peacefully holding her rosary at 9:34 a.m. April 25, 2019, at IU Ball Memorial/AMG Hospital, Muncie.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1939, to Miklós Leitgieb and Katalin (Kailbach) Leitgieb in Nadap, Hungary. Regina’s ancestors arrived in Nadap from Germany in the 1700s. The Hungarian government exiled Regina and her family from Nadap, Székesfehérvár, to Germany, in 1946 because of politics. In Germany, Regina painted jewelry for a company and worked as a nanny, housekeeper, and store clerk to help her family make ends meet.

Regina met her husband, Earl Lee Bussert when he served in Germany in the Army from 1956 to 1958. Regina and Earl married in Karlsruhe on May 28, 1958. They celebrated their 60th anniversary about four months before Earl died in 2018.
Regina, a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Wabash, served on St. Bernard’s funeral dinner committee. She loved cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, being with family, and reading the Bible and C.S. Lewis books. An ocean lover, Regina visited Myrtle Beach, South Padre Island, and beaches near Orlando. We will miss Regina, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Regina received a GED and a cake decorating certificate from Heartland Career Center, Wabash. With talent and imagination, she created many cakes for celebrations. Regina had worked at RCA, White’s Institute, and Vernon Manor Children’s Home; she was a housekeeper, also.

Regina is survived by her brother Nicolaus (Gisela) Leitgieb of Karlsruge, and six children: Eva (James) Morris of Wabash, Angela (Keith) Patrick of Lafayette, Dr. Kathy (Bart Webb) Bussert-Webb of Texas, Michael Bussert of Ohio, Madelene Bussert of Wabash, and Regina (Bussert)Niccum of Wabash; 21 grandchildren: Tara (Alan Gahl) Morris, Sgt. Benjamin (Tam) Morris, Erin (Andrew) Dale, Shannon (Jason) Amburgey, Amanda Greenham, Brad Patrick, Clayton Greenham, Katrina Webb, Talon Bussert, Laila Bussert, Jordan (Joseph) Bruss, Jaden Bussert, Jarrah Bussert, Jett Bussert-Thompson, Holdin (Lacey) Cisneros, Sgt. Logan (Koi) Cisneros, Nick Cisneros, Jake Cisneros, Christian Cisneros, and Hope Niccum; 13 great-grandchildren:: Faryn Morris, Wyatt Morris, Cody Morris, Caleb Dale, Tanner Dale, Everly Dale, Blayne Hamilton, Jaci Amburgey, Jaxon Amburgey, Triniti Cheatham, Addison Barney, Trayson Patrick, Chloe Patrick, Cayden Greenham, Maddox Bruss, Bellemi Cisneros, and Alexander Lee Cisneros, and nieces and nephews in the USA, Hungary, Germany, Australia, and South Africa.

Regina was preceded in death by her husband (Earl), parents, sisters (Eva Born and Catharina Titelius), and great-grandson (Hayden Morris). Preferred Memorial is to St. Bernard’s Church, Wabash. The Indiana Memorial Crematorium is handling funeral arrangements. Mass is on May 2 at St. Bernard’s Church, Wabash, at 10 a.m. Burial is on May 2 at Marion National Cemetery. The website for condolences or funeral updates is

Posted on 2019 Apr 30