Former Osseo-Fairchild bus driver takes one last ride

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OSSEO-FAIRCHILD, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Since being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, former Osseo-Fairchild bus driver Lyle Abrahamson has been longing to take just one more spin through his old bus route. Friday, that wish was granted, but what he did not expect, was that so many community members would be part of the ride. 

Abrahamson said, “I enjoyed the kids and the bus driving. The snow and ice on the roads, that was the real tough part.”

Paula Gibson of Azura Memory Care said, “With our Mosaic Dream Program we always ask what our best day would be. Lyle’s big wish was to be on a yellow school bus. Our bus drivers every day risk their lives to pick up our kids and take them to school and take them home again and they do it without a lot of thanks, and Lyle did it for over 30 years.”

“To find a yellow school bus that’s handicap accessible is not so easy and student transit made that possible. And it’s interesting because with dementia you typically forget names, but he can tell you the names of the kids he used to pick up along the route which is just truly amazing,” said Gibson.

Tina Hammer, former bus rider said, “I got kind of excited and I messaged each one of my sisters and asked do you remember the bus route?

“I don’t know what the community would be if it wasn’t for beautiful people like that,” said Amy Koskovich, former bus rider.

“Made me feel real good that I got the kids to school safe and to home safe,” said Abrahamson.

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