Fund-raiser set for family who lost home in fatal Culver fire

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

As the Culver community continues to process Thursday morning's house fire -- which claimed the life of 24-year-old Anjelica Bush -- and the homeowners process the loss of their house, the community is also rallying around fund-raising for Don and Anna Neher, whose Mill Street home was lost to what investigators said was an electrical fire (details are available here:

Fellow Culver Comm. High School graduate Tonia Allen Gould set up an online page to raise funds for the couple, at

Gould had initially posted the story, on the Culver Citizen's Facebook feed, of the Nehers kindness in driving her from Chicago to Culver to visit her gravely ill stepfather a few years back, later inviting her for a special dinner they had prepared for her.

"All I know is that Anna and Don would give the shirts off their own backs, like any upstanding Midwesterner would, to anyone in need," wrote Gould, adding "This time it's Anna and Don who are in need, and I imagine I'm not the only beneficiary of their past kindness."

As the days have passed since Bush's death, friends and loved ones have poured out tributes to the friend and neighbor they describe as outgoing and bubbly. A wreath in her honor, adorned simply with the word, "Smile," was placed at the Original Root Beer Stand -- where Bush was a popular employee -- by owner Mark Damore. The Citizen will share information on memorial services for her as they become available.