88, passed away at Farmington Square - Salem on May 9, 2020.
Her father Tony Steinkamp and mother Lena G. (Pereira)
Steinkamp farmed the family acreage in the Aumsville area.
Catherine was the oldest of five children, with siblings
Agnes, Joe, Frances, and Eleanor. She was recruited at an
early age to help with farm chores such as milking the cows,
feeding the pigs, tending the sheep and driving the work
horses. She attended all 12 years of her education at St.
Boniface Catholic School.
In the early years there was no bus service, so in good
weather she walked 2 ˝ miles to school and in poor weather
her dad would drive them in his old Ford pickup.
When Catherine finished 4th grade, she began
picking berries for neighbors, and as she got older picked
other crops as they matured. During grain harvest, she helped
her mom cook dinner for the workers and provided drinking
water and snacks during the day. When Catherine turned 16, she
began working at the Stayton cannery during the summers.
in school, piano lessons were one of her great joys. She
became an accomplished pianist and organist, and played the
organ at St. Boniface Catholic Church for many years.
Robert (Bob) Busch in September 1950. They spent almost 41
years together before he passed away suddenly on July 31,
1991. They had four children: Tony, Tom, Sheila and Ed. While
raising and caring for their family, Bob spent most of his
working life as a local freight truck driver while Catherine
worked in the insurance industry.
She started as a secretary for Sublimity Insurance
Company in the 1950s, ultimately advancing to an underwriter
position with the company. In the 1980s she moved to Northwest
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company in Salem, working as an
underwriter and accountant until her retirement as
During her career, Catherine attained the Chartered
Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and was an
active member of the National Association of Insurance Women.
She also served in many volunteer roles supporting St.
Boniface Church, Regis High School, and local community
groups, as time from her family allowed.
In their early years
together, Catherine and Bob lived on the Steinkamp family
farm, with short stints in West Stayton and along the Santiam
River in the Scio area. In 1966 Catherine and Bob purchased a
home on Church Street in Sublimity. Catherine lived there
until she moved to the Marian Estates campus, first building a
home on Redwood Court and then moving to McKillop Residence in
2001. Catherine found many good friends at McKillop. She would
keep busy typing the Terrace Tidings newsletter and tutoring
adult students from Chemeketa Community College to obtain
their U.S. citizenship and study English as a second language.
She moved to Farmington Square – Salem in 2017, where she
made more good friends and continued to be an involved,
beloved part of the Busch and Steinkamp families.
In Catherine’s words: “Bloom where you are
survived by her four children and their spouses, Tony and
Sharon Busch of Myrtle Creek, Tom and Lorraine Busch of Salem,
Sheila Baker of Sublimity, and Ed and Sharlene Busch of
Sequim, Washington, as well as seven grandchildren and 13
great grandchildren. She
is also survived by three siblings and their spouses:
Agnes and Walter Hall of John Day, Joe and Laura
Steinkamp of Oregon City, and Eleanor Carleton of Portland.
Her parents, her husband Bob, and her sister Frances
private burial Mass will be held at St. Boniface Church,
Sublimity. Donations can be made to Regis St. Mary Catholic
School or a charity of choice.
Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral