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Donald R. Benning

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Donald R. Benning Oct. 10, 1936 – July 14, 2017

Dr. Benning was born in Omaha, Neb., the youngest of Erdie and Mary Benning’s five children. He attended Omaha North High School where he wrestled and played baseball and football before graduating in 1954.

He attended the then-Omaha University where he played football and wrestled, and upon graduation was offered a graduate fellowship in the school’s education department.  He was working as director of Omaha’s Near North Side YMCA when the university in 1963 hired him as head wrestling coach — the first African-American head coach at a predominately white university in the United States. He also was the first full-time black faculty member at the school. Under his leadership, the school’s wrestling program gained national prominence and in 1970 brought the state of Nebraska its first-ever collegiate national championship. Dr. Benning was NAIA Wrestling Coach of the Year, a member of the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and a member of the 1969 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Committee. He is a member of the Omaha University Hall of Fame and the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Following his coaching career, Dr. Benning went on to distinguished career in education, including nearly three decades with Omaha Public Schools. During his time as an administrator in the state’s largest school system, Dr. Benning served as an assistant principal and athletic director at Central High School, director of the Department of Human-Community Relations for OPS, and assistant superintendent. He helped lead the district’s desegregation effort and developed the nationally-recognized Adopt-a-School program. He also worked for racial equity in education including through the school district’s Minority Intern Program and Pacesetter Academy.

After leaving OPS, Dr. Benning joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was the first black doctorate recipient in the university’s College of Education. At UNL, Dr. Benning was coordinator of the school’s urban education program, charged with training educators to become administrators in urban and diverse school systems. He taught at the university until his retirement in 2011.

Dr. Benning is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Donald R. Benning is survived by wife Marcidene (Dee) Benning, children Victoria L. Benning, Tracy L. Benning (Deb), Donald R. Benning Jr., Kymberly D. Benning, Damon G. Benning (Jennie), grandchildren Rayniece, Brandyn, Cameryn, Calvin, Caleb, Mya, Jordan, Micah, Breeanna, sister Phyllis Joseph, many nieces, family & friends.

Visitation Monday 9:00 AM till service time. Funeral Service Monday (7/24/17) 11:00 AM at St. John’s A.M.E. Church 2402 N. 22nd St. Private family interment. Family prefers Memorials to North Omaha Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc., Butler Gast YMCA.

Helen L Draper

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10/29/1926 – 7/12/2017

Of Gretna, Preceded in death by husband Jack. Survived by children Marsha (Harry) Yosten, Mark (Roxanne),  Martin (Betsy), 8 grandchildren, 8great grandchildren, family & friends. Order of the Eastern Star, Social Order of the Beaucent, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Daughter of the Grand Army of the republic, Lutheran Church Women, PTA, Cub Scout Den Mother and retiree of Creighton University.

Visitation Friday 5-7 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Memorial Service Saturday (7/22/17) 11:00 AM at Resurrection Lutheran Church 153 S. McKenna Ave. Interment Crescent Cemetery in Crescent IA. Memorials Resurrection Lutheran Church, Road Runners Group Tangier Shrine or Alzheimer’s Association.

Charles J. Jisa

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9/19/1928 – 7/15/2017

Of Gretna, Preceded in death by wife, Letha (Nabity), daughter Rose Zaracki. Survived by daughters Jean Vachal (Tony), Ruth Nolan (Tim), Joan Standeven (Rich), and Jane Bober. 13 Grandchildren:  Lisa Barrientos, William Zaracki, Jeffrey Zaracki, Kelly Powers, Kristin Ehlers, Emily Ferguson, Kathryn Nichols, Laura Ibraham, Sonja Biller, Jon Nolan, Rebecca Bertrand, Jessica Bober, and David Bober. 12 Great-Grandchildren:  Brett Kastrup, Kaitlin Kastrup, Max Barrientos, Gaby Barrientos, Stephen Troutman, Shelton Troutman, Liberty Biller, Allison Ehlers, Teagan Nichols, Brett Owen Ehlers, Anna Ibraham, and soon-to-be baby Powers. 3 Sisters:  MaryAnn Hofmann (Kalispell, MT), Ilene Woebbecke (Kansas City, MO), and Agnes Simcox (Huntington Beach, CA) and many other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Leonard Jisa (Hastings, NE), Eugene Jisa (Lincoln, NE) and sister: Betty Jean Horn (Waco, TX). Parents: Charles F. Jisa and Agnes (Ruzicka) Jisa.
Charles was an honest and caring person who would do all he could to care for and help his family.  He loved farming and always raised a beautiful, bountiful garden.  He also loved cars and trucks, John Deere tractors, camping, and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

He will be dearly missed.

 

Visitation Wednesday 5-7 PM with Vigil Service 7:00 Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, NE. Funeral Service Thursday (7/20/17) 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church 508 Angus Street Gretna, NE. Graveside Service Thursday 3:00 PM at Westlawn Cemetery at  Grand Island, NE.  Memorials To St. Patrick Catholic Church.

JoAnn J. Robins

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4/15/1944 – 7/16/2017

Of Omaha, survived by children; Christopher (Susan), Melissa (Tim) Kaspar,  grandchildren Jacob, Joshua, Joseph, Ashley, Erin,  Kaylee, Sydney, Savana, siblings Michael Cackin (Melody).  Candice Hurlbut,  many nieces, nephews and loving family and friends. Preceded in death by husband Kenneth, twin sister Jennifer Cackin.

Visitation Tuesday 5-7 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE.  Funeral Service Wednesday 11:00 AM at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church 2650 Farnam Street Omaha, NE. Graveside Tuesday 1:30 PM Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials Alzheimer’s Association or Douglas County Health Center.

Shirley A Schultz

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8/27/1929 – 6/21/2017

Shirley A. Schultz

August 27, 1929 – June 21, 2017

Omaha, NE

Shirley A. Schultz went home to Jesus on June 21, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was a faithful and dedicated follower of Jesus, loving, generous, hospitable, curious, humorous, and well-read woman who loved to learn and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Shirley had a passionate love for Jesus, always seeking to share Jesus with everyone. She eagerly volunteered at any church she attended, most recently Bethany Lutheran Church, the schools in which her children attended, and the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Bazaar, among many other organizations. Shirley enjoyed participating in fund-raising activities and creating table decorations for community organizations. She supported numerous charities and sought to help others around her daily. In her younger years, she was very active politically, and supported her local conservative organization for the betterment of Omaha over the years.

As a voracious reader, lifelong learner, and proponent of education, Shirley was involved in Bible studies, a monthly book club, and always encouraged others to pursue education and knowledge. Shirley’s home was filled with warmth, love, and welcome. Her door was always open to family, friends, and drop-in-visitors. Her kitchen table was the gathering place around which there was always laughter, games, lively discussions, and an abundance of delicious food. Though it is true that Shirley was a woman who freely spoke her mind, one always knew where one stood with her and found in her a very loyal, compassionate, encouraging, generous, and supportive friend.

Shirley was born on August 27, 1929 in Meadow Grove, NE. She was the 5th of six children born to Dewey and Elsie Magwire. Having grown up on farms, Shirley rode horses and even had a pet Banty hen that would ride in the basket of her bicycle wherever she went. Shirley attended Norfolk Junior College in 1948. Later, she transferred her college credits to Eastern College in La Grande, Oregon, where she finished her training for a teacher’s certificate, and then taught at a school in Spray, Oregon. In addition, Shirley had always wanted to be a dietitian. She was able to cook completely new and exotic dishes from a magazine recipe even when she was a small girl. Her creativity, skill, and interest in cooking served her well in feeding her family and eventually in hosting numerous parties as a doctor’s wife. Shirley married Loyd Schultz on June 25, 1950 while he was still in medical school and they had six children—Penny, Kirk, Mark, DeAnne, Bob, and Jim. Early in their marriage, Shirley worked numerous jobs to help support the family: sold cookware, sewed and sold bags, sold popcorn; anything she could do to bring in extra cash. She also taught school in Omaha, NE to support their family while Loyd finished medical school. He studied to be a pediatric surgeon and practiced in Omaha at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Shirley went on to school to earn a master’s degree in education and then taught at the college level for several years. Shirley and Loyd enjoyed participating at their dog club field trials with their English Springer Spaniel dogs, playing golf, and entertaining family and friends together.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Loyd R. Schultz and one son, Dr. Mark W. Schultz. She is survived by her daughter Penny with her husband Jim Kenyon and son Jason Tunzer, son Dr. Kirk R. Schultz with his wife Julia and children Daniel and Marianna Schultz, daughter-in-law Deidre with daughter Anne Justine Schultz, daughter DeAnne with her husband Dr. Robert Hiskey and children Justin, Matthew (wife-Karli), and Geoffrey Hiskey, son Robert J. Schultz with his wife Jeanne and children Lindsey and Zackery, and son James W. Schultz with his wife May Yee and daughter Mercedes Schultz.

Shirley enjoyed nature and God’s creation—birds, wild animals, flowers, trees, etc, as evidenced by the numerous bird feeders/bird bath/trees/flowers (especially roses and orchids), herb and vegetable gardens she had. Sometimes she would regale family members with stories of close encounters with wildlife (typically moose) that resulted in Shirley and other family members having to either duck quickly behind a tree or run breathlessly to safety in startled retreat. These related experiences alternately captivated and amused the rest of the family. In these recent years, Shirley had been able to live at home with the help of full-time caregivers while friends and family dropped in at various times to visit. In the last few months, Shirley excitedly watched daily in childlike wonder as a fox family grew up and played just across from her kitchen window. When asked about the experience, she replied, “It’s better entertainment than watching TV!”

Though we will dearly miss Shirley’s insatiable curiosity, love of nature, humor, and sense of adventure, we cherish those fun-filled memories and aspire to embrace life as fully as she did.

Shirley firmly believed in the idea of “passing it forward”.  Early in her marriage, there were many times when others would help her out with food, clothing, furniture, rides, etc, and they would simply tell her that at some point in the future if she were able, she should pass it forward to others who needed assistance. She spent her life doing just that.

The Schultz family would like to thank all home helpers, extended family, friends, caregivers, and countless others who have helped clean Shirley’s home, brought her food, visited with her, and taken care of her in any way. Words cannot express how grateful we are and how much you’re so appreciated. We will sorely miss Shirley’s physical presence here on earth and all the wonderful family gathering times we’ve experienced at her kitchen table and in her home. We know she is rejoicing with Jesus and will carry on her legacy of sharing Jesus with the world along with her generous hospitality to all.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Bethany Lutheran Church, 5151 N.W. Radial Hwy, Omaha, NE 68104, a ministry dear to Shirley’s heart.

Visitation Friday (7/14) 5:00-7:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Celebration of Life Service Saturday (7/15/17) 11:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church 5151 N.W. Radial Hwy. Omaha, NE. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery at Omaha, NE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benita R. Lambert

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11/12/1925 – 7/11/2017

Of Omaha, survived by children Tim (Donna), Laura (Rick) Porter, grandchildren  Max (Ashli), Andy (Karlie),  Alexa (Jared), Katelynn,  4 great grandchildren, family & friends. Preceded in death by husband Richard.

Visitation Wednesday 5:30 – 7:30 at the church. Memorial Service Thursday (7/13/17) 11:00 AM at Presbyterian Church of The Master 10710 Corby Circle  Omaha, NE. Memorials to Presbyterian Church of The Master.

Arlene J Nelson

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11/2/1937 – 7/5/2017

Of Omaha, survived by   sons; Larry (Kit), Donald (RaeDee), James (Cher), daughters;  Cheryl (Rick) McClusky, Janet (Tyler) Morgan, grandchildren;  Erica, Ryan (Allison), Derek, Alan, Cullan, Eric, Skyler, Dillon, Ciara, Troy, Chad, Todd, sisters and brother. Preceded in Death By: husband James, son; Terry.

Visitation Monday 5-7 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Funeral Service Tuesday (7/11/17) 10:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church 5020 Grand Ave. Omaha, NE.  Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials to St Mark Lutheran Church.

George J. Bighia

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2/3/1926 – 7/2/2017

 

George was born in Millard, NE, the son of George & Mary Bighia. He graduated from Central high school in 1944 followed by the U.S. Army until 1946 during WWII and was a 60 year member of The American Legion Post 1 . After he returned home, George attended the University of Omaha and received his Bachelors degree in Business and Engineering with an Associate Certificate in Real Estate (1951). He began his career as a real estate salesman with insurance and oversaw small home construction. From there George moved to the Property Sale Company and also became self-employed as a consulting engineer and building contractor. Also, during this time he was on the Douglas County Tax Appraisal Board as an appraiser and employed with Federal Housing Administration. In 1969, George started his own business, Real Estate Specialist, Inc. He was the president and owner of appraisal and consulting services for 30 years when he officially retired in 1999. Over his professional career, he had been an active member in the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Appraisal Institute, National Association of Realtors and many other real estate organizations, earning him the MAI, SRA and SREA designations. He was a 60 year 32 degree Mason of Mizpah Lodge No 302 and Scottish Rite.  Also 53 year member of the Tangier Shrine, Cycle Patrol Unit.  George is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Oalga. He is also survived by his one sister MaryAnn of Muskego, WI., two children; Denise Bighia and husband Mitch Holmes of Omaha, NE, and George Bighia of San Diego, CA., one grandchild Rachel Schramm and husband Cody, and two great grandchildren Camden & Madison all of Omaha. He was preceded in death by his parents and  brother Robert Bighia and brother in law Clifford Carmony.

Visitation Saturday (7/8/17) 2-4PM with Masonic Service 4PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Graveside Service Monday (7/10/17) 9AM at Graceland Park Cemetery 42& L St. Memorials to Shrine Hospital for Children.

Mary Jane Cremeens

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Mary Jane Cremeens, Age 85 of Omaha, NE passed away on June 28, 2017. Mary Jane was a prominent business women selling finer fashion dresses and accessories through such companies as Natelsens, Brandeis, Younkers, Tilly’s and Top’s. She was preceded in death by her husband: Robert Paul, sisters: Jeanette and Mildred. Mary Jane is survived by sons: Paul, Bob and Tim, daughter: Mary Margaret, 7- grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, June 7th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, with a Rosary at 7:00pm at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th St. Omaha, NE. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 8th at 10:00am at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St. Mary Jane’s priorities in life were faith, family and work.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

John F. Bogue

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2/24/1949 – 7/4/2017

Of Omaha, Preceded in death by father Cliff. Survived by loving wife Debbie, children Michelle (Brian) Wieck,  David, Michael (Jolene Marin), grandchildren Tyler, Ethan,  Alaina, Jenae, Shyann, family & friends.
Celebration of Life Service Saturday (7/8/17) 11:00 AM at St. Michael Lutheran Church 13232 Blondo Street Omaha, NE. Please join the family after the service for an Ultimate Tailgate & Wear Red. No Visitation and private family graveside. Memorials St. Michael Lutheran Church or Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church.