Eunice F. Gerken

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5/19/1934 – 9/7/2017

Survived by Daughters Kris Houston & Karen Cote. Eunice wishes were cremation. A Celebration of Life will be held at Legends (6910 N. 102nd. Circle) on Oct. 1st (Sunday) from 1:00PM to 3:00 PM.


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2727 N 108th St – 402-496-9000

C. Joan Hilts

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C. Joan Hilts, 76, of Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th, Omaha, NE 68154. Visitation on Thursday, September 21, 2017 will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Roeder Mortuary 108th Chapel, 2727 N. 108, Omaha, NE 68164

Carol Joan Lewis was born on February 25, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Charles A. and Meredith M.(Anderson) Lewis.  She was the first of four children with siblings, Kay and Kenneth (twins) and brother, Robert (Bob) Lewis. She was raised in Sioux City, married to Terry Hilts and raised her family there. In 1983, she moved to Omaha, NE, and worked for thirty-two years at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Health System, and at Nebraska Methodist College. She retired in February of 2014, but went back to the college to work on occasion and as needed, until the summer of 2015.

Joan has been a devoted member of Christ Community Church since September of 2001, and made a conscious decision to profess her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and asked for forgiveness of sin by being re-baptized on September 28, 2003. She has loved praising our Lord as a member of the Christ Community Church choir. She was a former member of the Omaha Chapter of Sweet Adelines, currently, Acappella Omaha,and she has also participated in the Omaha Music Circle. Traveling has also been a joy. She especially loved Siesta Key Beach, FL, and the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she vacationed many times with family and friends. She has enjoyed scrapbooking photos and other memories for family and friends, and researching her family genealogy. On one very special trip,  she joined her cousin, Tom Bloxham and his wife, Betsy, along with her brother, Ken, his wife, Pam Lewis, as they traveled to Denmark to see where their great-grandfather and great-grandmother Anderson were born and lived before they came to the United States in the 1800s. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob.

Joan is survived by her loving family, her son, Mark (Teresa) Hilts of Sioux City, IA; her daughters, Diane (Richard) Nyalka of Rotonda West, FL; and Susan (Mike) Kahler of Dell Rapids, SD; her grandchildren, Matt (Britni) Hilts; Eric (Jen) Hilts; Allison (Vince)  Mathis; Jared (Ashley) Brown; Amanda Kahler; Nic Kahler; step-grandchildren, Dan (Nichole) Nyalka; and Renee (Brian) McVey; great-grandchildren, Philip Hilts; Madison Hilts; Ethan Hilts; Aiden Mathis; Simon Hilts; Samuel Hilts; Morgan Nyalka; Jocelyn McVey; Grady Nyalka; Aria Mathis; Jayce Brown; and Colin McVey; her sister, Kay Tabscott of St. Louis, MO; her brother, Ken (Pam) Lewis of Cedar Rapids, IA; and her many special cousins, nieces and nephews and extended special friends and Sisters and Brothers in Christ.

Visitation Thursday 5-7 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Funeral Service Friday ((22/17) 11:00 AM at Christ Community Church 404 S. 108th Ave. Omaha, NE. Memorials to Christ Community Church.

James E. Jones (Jim)

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10/1/1942 – 9/18/2017

Of Omaha, survived by children Jim (Jill), Joann (Mike) Morfeld, grandchildren  Alex, Jessica, Calleigh, many family & friends. Preceded in death by wife Betty, parents.

Visitation Thursday (9/21/17) 4:30-6:30 PM with Memorial Service Thursday 6:30 PM and Masonic/Eastern Star Service 7 PM Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Donor’s Choice

Frances D. Lueders (Fran)

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5/22/1935 – 9/14/2017

Of Ralston, survived by Frances Denise Lueders, 82 passed away September 14, 2017.  Fran was born to Mary Bramble on May 22, 1935 and was later  adopted to Harley and Lela Miller of Anita, Iowa.  Fran married  Ron Lueders on March 26, 1976, and lived in Omaha for 41 years.  Fran’s passions were her flowers, garden and cooking.  If you  visited, you never left empty handed or with an empty stomach.

Graveside Service Thursday (9/21/17) 10:00 AM Omaha National Cemetery.

Gregory A. Ricks

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7/12/1981 – 9/10/2017

Of Omaha – Gregory was born July 12, 1981 to Gregory T. Robinson and Deborah K. Ricks in Omaha, NE. Gregory was later blessed with his step-father Robert L. Dunn who loved and helped raise him as his own.

Gregory grew up to be a sweet, loving, kind hearted young man with a sense of humor to light up a room. At an early age, Gregory accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Gregory attended and graduated from North High School in 1999. After high school, Gregory began working at Target, Coastal Environmental, Asphalt Maintenance and later became the caregiver of his fiancé, Tonya. Gregory met Tonya in 2003, who became the love of his life and they remained together for 14 years.

Gregory was the life of every party. No matter where he was, he made sure to have fun and enjoy his time with everyone in his presence. Gregory found peace and enjoyment with many things, one of which was keeping the peace. He also enjoyed old school cars, and watching or attending WWE. But most of all, Gregory loved spending time with his family and friends

Visitation Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary – Ames Chapel; Funeral Service 12:00 PM Thursday (9/21/2017) at Roeder Mortuary 4932 Ames Avenue Omaha, Nebraska, Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery Omaha, Nebraska

Jessie J. Sullivan

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11/16/1945 – 9/9/2017

of Omaha – Jessie James Sullivan was born November 16, 1945 in Parkin, Arkansas to the late James Oliver & Lillie Bell (Wilson) Sullivan. He departed this life on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 1:40 AM in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jessie moved to Omaha in 1973 and was a retired construction worker.

In June of 1971, Jessie married Lucy (Vinson) Sullivan and to this union 3 children were born: Gary Sullivan, Jessie Jr., and Latashia Sullivan.

Jessie leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 46 years Lucy; Son Gary (Kellie) Sullivan; Daughter Latashia; 7 brothers; 14 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Son Jessie, Jr.

Visitation Monday 6:00 – 8:00 PM; Funeral Service 12:00 PM Tuesday (9/19/2017) at Roeder Mortuary 4932 Ames Avenue Omaha, Nebraska; Interment Mount Hope Cemetery at Omaha, Nebraska

Dr. Kenneth A. Harman

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Dr. Kenneth Alford Harman

Ken Harman was born to Otto and Lula Harman on February 3rd, 1928, in Burke, South Dakota and died in Omaha, September 15, 2017, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jo Harman, daughter Bobbie Allgood (Rick), and sons Rich Harman (Kim) and Tom Harman (Linda), eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Upon graduation from Burke South Dakota High School in 1946, he enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1946 until 1948 on the USS Vermillion and USS New Kent.

He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Creighton University graduating from Creighton Dental School with a degree in dental science and later received a master’s degree in orthodontia from University of Nebraska Dental School. He practiced dentistry in Valentine, Nebraska for nine years and orthodontics in Omaha for thirty-two years during which time he also served as a clinical professor at the Creighton and University of Nebraska Dental Schools.

Memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church or Creighton Dental School.

Visitation Monday 5-7 PM Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Memorial Service Tuesday (9/19/17) 11:00 AM St. Paul Methodist Church 5410 Corby Street Omaha, NE.

Nellie M. Estep

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7/4/1956 – 9/14/2017

Memorial Service 6:00 PM Monday (9/18/2017) at Fontenelle Kingdom Hall 5465 Fontenelle Blvd Omaha, Nebraska (junction of Fontenelle Blvd & Sorensen Pkwy).


Katherine J. Tibbs

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3/20/1949 – 8/31/2017

Katherine Jo Tibbs was born March 20,1949 to Willa Mae Crawford Hill and Bernard Lee Hill Jr in Omaha Ne. She was baptized at an early age and loved the Lord. She is preceded by the love of her life Larry R Tibbs. Katherine worked as a Head start Bus Driver and Supervisor for FBG services for many years. She was very creative and always engaging in new art projects. Her music was her calm to any storm. If you knew Katherine you knew she loved family and her faithful dog Pella. Katherine aka Kappy Jo or Kathy was one you never had to worry where you stood in her life because she would tell you. She was one you could talk with, cry with, and laugh with. Katherine was also Preceded in Death by Parents, 2 Sisters & 1 Brother. Survived by Children: LaTanga Hill – Davison (Will), David “Squeaky” Hill, Sr. Tracie L. Tibbs – Smith (Hugh), 9 Grandchildren 8 Great Grandchildren, Brother: Bernard Hill, Special Sister/Friend Katie Moore, Charlene & Frankie, Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Other Loving Family & Friends. Visitation Friday (9/15/2017) 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral Service Saturday (9/16/2017) 9:30 AM all at Roeder Mortuary – Ames Chapel. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Repass at Lothrop Social Hall, 3232 Lothrop Street, Omaha, Nebraska

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Rebecca L. Lowe

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Rebecca Lowe was born January 22, 1966 to Dr Roger C Crum Jr and Brenda Crum In Kansas City Missouri and passed into the next life peacefully September 10th 2017
Her youth was spent in Overland Park KS. She spent a few years in Overland Park, Terre Haute IN where she was joined by her brother Roger Allen , Radnor Pennsylvania and finally to West Des Moines where she graduated from high school at Valley High in 1984. Iowa State University was calling her name so she backed a car out of the driveway and enjoyed her time spent in Ames. After a couple years in Ames New York City was calling her name for a modeling career. As things do in your youth that experience shaped her for a return to college at Grandview University where she earned her BA in TV and Radio journalism . Several jobs in Des Moines and west Des Moines in various industries gave her more life experiences. During a company outing (I-Cubs ) game she met a guy who would become her husband Dave within a year. They bought a house and decided to start a family, in October of 1998 they welcomed Josie into their home where Rebecca took to the hardest and her most challenging job she would ever undertake, motherhood. Josie thrived under her mothers care and was reading by age 2. They enjoyed trips to the park and walks on the beach in various venues that were almost always the most exciting trips Josie had seen in her young life. During that time Rebecca had a abnormal PAP tests , so a cone biopsy was performed where the margins hadn’t come out cleanly , and a hysterectomy was recommended, she sought a second opinion as she was not yet finished with her uterus yet. Another cone biopsy was complete with clean margins and was given the go ahead to proceed to get pregnant with John before a move to Gretna via Omaha while our home was being built . Rebecca shopped for fixtures and finishes , sinks and toilets while pregnant with John and taking Josie all over the city. With 2 kids in tow we moved into our home in Gretna. Volunteering for preschool and school and taking John on adventures to the zoo and taking care of our home was Rebecca’s forte , she enjoyed meeting new people and helping teachers with classroom help and making calls to help anyway she would be able to. As John started full time school her thoughts changed to working with kids and off to the Elkhorn school district to be a “lunch lady”. This allowed her to be off during the days the kids were off and engaged her motherly love for even more children . Band and show choir completions filled our weekends , along with trips to see family and enjoying the experiences where life took us were her favorite memories , she once joked that she would scout camp with John and I when there was room service and a 5 star chef where we were going . Never materialized for the chef but John has turned into a pretty good cook for a 13 year old. Baking cookies and cooking family dinners were some of the hardest things for her to give up during her decline due to cancer. She sat in her chair and directed us on what to do in the same manner as if she had been cooking it herself.

During a family trip and cruise to Alaska she had some strange swelling in her left leg that was chalked up to sciatica and aging. Knowing now it was the return of the cervical cancer that ultimately took her life makes it all the more disheartening. Throughout it all her upbeat and positive energy and ability to laugh at the situation lessens the blow to our family .

She is survived by her husband of 21 years Dave , their children John (13) and Josie (18) , her parents Roger Jr and Brenda , her brother Roger (Allen) his wife Consuelo , and her furry children Rose and Clara.
She was preceded in death by her Grandparents Roger Sr and Louise Crum and Merwyn and Joyce Ingram

The family would like to extend their most gracious thanks to the teams at UNMC (Dr Kerry Rodabaugh , Leslie , Pam and everyone else who cared for Rebecca during her struggle.

Also the tireless effort of the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) who helped us care for her at home for as long as we were able to.

Special thank you to Amanda Lathrop at Makovicka Physical therapy for helping to ease her transition after her hip surgery, always the helpful one Rebecca shared information with Amanda with a wealth of new information about her adopted home town of Gretna to make their families transition easier.

The most excellent staff of the Josie Harper Hospice House that helped her transition to the next phase in her life.

We will continue her fight to educate and inform the vulnerable about the danger and human cost of HPV cervical cancer . Our hope is for this disease to disappear from the planet one life at a time through vaccination and prevention and education.

Visitation Thursday 1:00 PM till service time Family. Celebration of Life Service  2:00 PM  Thursday (9/14/17) Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, NE. 68028

In Lieu of flowers , the family would prefer a donation to the American Cancer Society in Rebecca’s name or to the Lowe family for the children’s education to become a lasting legacy to their mothers perseverance to encourage them to do their best.