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Charlene Kay Bushman

July 1, 2022 | 8 comments

Charlene “Char” Kay Bushman, 67, of Onalaska, passed away June 29th, 2022 in her home. She was born July 14th, 1955 in Cloquet, MN, to William and Marian (Olsen) Flasch. She married Ronald “Ron” Bushman Jr. October 13th, 1973 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Barnum, MN. Char was diagnosed on November 3rd, 2011 with Ovarian cancer.

Char was raised and attended school in Barnum, MN. She worked in accounting with Hawkins, Ash and Baptie, as well as La Crosse Housing Authority. Ron and Char had operated River City Cues and River City Pool Leagues in La Crosse for over 20 years. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing pool, gardening, collecting gnomes, and many trips with Ron, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Lilah and Jasper kept her smiling even through the pain.

She is survived by her husband Ron; children William (Ashley) Bushman, Candida (Tom) Hauser, Melissa Bushman; grandchildren Makaela, Talon, Tatyana, Madelynne (Steve), Alya, Gabrielle, Éowyn; great-grandchildren Lilah and Jasper; brother Kerry (Charlene) Flasch; sister Colleen (Donavon Olson) Anderson; mother-in-law Donette Bushman; many aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers-in-law, and friends, including ex son-in-law Rusty Kinnear.

She is proceeded in death by parents William and Marian Flasch, father-in-law Ronald Bushman Sr.; and many fur babies, Kitty, Skittles, Tiger, Mya.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday July 6th at 11:00am at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska with visitations held Tuesday, July 5th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.



  1. Pam Kirgis

    Char was my oldest and dearest friend. We didn’t have to talk daily but whenever we got together it was just like we had been together the day before. Char and Ron were there for me whenever I was having a rough time in life. I will always miss her and she will forever be in my heart. Till we meet again my friend.

    • Candida Hauser

      Pam- she talked often of you. Thank you for always being there till the very end.

  2. Lori (Flasch) Merritt

    Char is one of many of my cousins that I will miss dearly. She was by my side when my dad her uncle Jim passed away.

  3. Theresa M Tegt

    Char and I are first cousins. We had a lot of fun together when we were young.
    I live in California and my family would travel to the midwest to see out relatives. We would stay with my grandparents and visit Char’s family. Char would be waiting for us in the field by the road on her bicycle. Kerry and Colleen were so shy they would run and hide. Over the years we kept in touch mostly in Christmas Cards. Her family were in San Diego and we visited with them there and they would visit my folks in the Bay Area and stop in Fresno on there way home. She will be greatly missed. She was a very strong person and had a horrible 11 year fight. I love you Char and will miss you. I know you are partying with Grandma and Grandpa, your folks and mine plus all the other family members that are in heaven too. God love and bless you and your family in there time of need.
    Theresa Farrell Tegt

    • Dean and Debbie Seidel

      Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  4. Sue/ les Ross

    We are so sorry to hear of Chars passing. Many motorcycle rides. … ago fun times we had.
    Sue Anne and Les Ross

  5. Tracey Melvin

    I’m am truly sorry for your loss. She was a great person and will be missed.

  6. Elizabeth Niedfeldt

    Char was a wonderful person & had a beautiful soul! She listened to my “talks” & I listened to hers. She will be sadly missed! RIP, Char! May the angels in heaven sing praises to you!


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