Annette Hellbusch Obituary, Death – On November 17, 2022, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Annette Kay Hellbusch, 58, of Columbus, entered her paradise garden while being surrounded by her family.  Richard and Margaret (Lesiak) Shotkoski welcomed Annette into the world on April 30, 1964, in Fullerton. In 1982, she received her high school diploma from Fullerton. She then went to the Grand Island School of Business. Dan Hellbusch and she were wed on September 21st, 1984. They first relocated to Columbus in 1986 for a brief period of time before moving to St. Edward in 1989. Annette opened a daycare while she was living in St. Edward so she could stay at home with her kids. They returned to Columbus in 1994, where she continued to run her daycare.

Annette’s ambition of starting Country Lane Gardens came true when Danny and Annette purchased a sizable parcel of land outside of Columbus in 2004. Because of the way she was raised, she had horticultural knowledge above her years. She grew up loving the outdoors and farming with her parents, and she was able to teach her kids about it. She was able to enjoy it most importantly with her spouse, who stood at her side through thick and thin. No matter how busy she was with her growing business, she always prioritized her family and even assisted in caring for her father during his final months at home. She could always be reached by phone to assist her family. She will be singing lullabies to her grandson Eli in heaven and spending time with him, which was her pride and delight.

She belonged to the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, where she served on the landscaping committee, the Ladies of the Lord Altar Society, and the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Together with her best friend Joan, she cherished attending Husker volleyball matches. She was still putting the finishing touches on the Christmas planters for her neighborhood in her dying moments. Her most important piece of advice was to purchase flowers now rather than wait until your funeral to enjoy them.

Her husband, Dan Hellbusch of Columbus; children, Cody (Macey) Hellbusch of Columbus, Maggie-Jo (Spencer) Trapp of Superior, and Lauran (Lee) Schroeder of Yankton, SD; grandson, Eli Trapp; grand dogs, Bentley, Leroy, Packer, and Red; siblings, Jane (Albert) Sims of Superior, WI, Christine (Eric) Belgum of Hastings, Karen (Tom) Engel. Her parents, her newborn grandchild Baby Trapp, her brother Stephen, her in-laws Dale and Vera Hellbusch and Darrell and Dennis Hellbusch, as well as her nephews Caleb Reischl and Kurt Hellbusch, predeceased her.

The Reverend Andrew Roza will preside over the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. The following will be a burial in Fullerton’s St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. On Sunday, November 20, there will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. at Columbus’ St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, followed by a vigil service at 7. The family is being looked after by Palmer-Santin Funeral Home.