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January 2008

Marian graduate uses title to promote health in young people

Being a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, Micaela Johnson understands the importance of fitness and health.

And after recently being named Miss Nebraska USA 2008, the 23-year-old University of Nebraska at Omaha student now has a platform she can use to share her knowledge.

"It is not about the crown," said Johnson, an Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner. "I want to impact lives by reaching out to students and parents to teach them how to live a well-balanced life and to jump-start a healthy lifestyle."

Collection to assist seminarians Jan. 12-13

If the past is an indicator of the future, Father Ralph O'Donnell, archdiocesan vocations director, hopes he sees a trend in the seminary collections for the past two years that means good news for the 2008 collection, scheduled for Jan. 12 and 13.

Last year, record donations pushed the collection total to nearly $258,000, about $3,000 more than the record 2006 collection.

Father O'Donnell acknowledges the generosity of people throughout the archdiocese, and is optimistic it will continue.

Chaplain wears black, but bleeds blue

Father Thomas Shanahan, SJ, may wear black, but he bleeds Creighton University blue.

The 71-year-old priest is not simply a Bluejay fan, but serves as chaplain for three of the Omaha university's sports teams.

"I enjoy being right there for all the action," Father Shanahan said. "It is so exciting to be in the big setting of the Qwest Center or with the women in the Civic Center or out on the field of Morrison Stadium. I get a kick out of it."

MARTIN-Judy A.

MARTIN-Judy A., 64. Funeral Jan. 10 at Sacred Heart Church. Private interment. Preceded in death by husband, James; niece and god daughter, Michelle. Survived by children and spouses, Dan and Monique, Andrea and Rob Kunkel, Lisa and Joel, and Stacy; sister, Bobbi Johnson; grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; relatives; friends. Memorials to the Autism Center of Nebraska or C.U.E.S.

BRAMAN MORTUARY

EMERSON-Teresa A.

EMERSON-Teresa A., 49. Mass of Christian Burial Jan. 10 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Survived by husband, Edward; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Joe Hubbell, Valley; son, Eric Emerson; parents, John and Maxine Ringel; brother, Jim and Deb Ringel, Boardman, Ore.; grandchild. Memorials to the church.

CROSBY-KUNOLD-BURKET

SWANSON-GOLDEN

PODWINSKI-Maxine P.

PODWINSKI-Maxine P., 85. Funeral Jan. 10 at Holy Ghost Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Roman; brother, Lyman Camberg. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Donn Kimmel, LaVista, and Pat and Paul Schaer, Lincoln; sons and daughters-in-law, Skip and Brenda, Denver, Colo., and Jim and Deb; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian Alf, Darlene Schlottag and Donna Cambert. Memorials to Josie Harper Hospice House.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

FUNERAL HOME

PODWINSKI-Maxine P.

PODWINSKI-Maxine P., 85. Visitation 4 p.m., wake service 7 p.m., both Jan. 9 at the funeral home. Funeral 10 a.m., Jan. 10 at Holy Ghost Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Roman; brother, Lyman Camberg. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Donn Kimmel, LaVista, and Pat and Paul Schaer, Lincoln; sons and daughters-in-law, Skip and Brenda, Denver,Colo., and Jim and Deb; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian Alf, Darlene Schlottag and Donna Cambert. Memorials to Josie Harper Hospice House.

SCHMITZ-Marilyn C.

SCHMITZ-Marilyn C., 75. Mass of Christian Burial Jan. 10 at St. Philip Neri Church. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Emil and Sarah Schade; brother, James Schade. Survived by husband, Ronald C. Schmitz; children and spouses; Deborah and James Vamosi, David and Debbie Schmitz, Denise Schmitz, Kansas City, Mo., Steve and Micki Schmitz, Lynn and Dave Blodgett, and Barbara and Jim Mitilier; 12 grandchildren; sister, Carol Schade. Memorials to St. Philip Neri School.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN

DWORAK-CUTLER

PETERCHUCK-Kay J.

PETERCHUCK-Kay J., 66. Visitation 2 p.m., wake service 7 p.m., both Jan. 11 at the funeral home. Funeral 10 a.m., Jan. 12 at St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment Prospect Hill Cemetery, Elkhorn. Survived by husband, Gil; children and spouses, Lisa Peterchuck, Okalahoma City, Okla., Sara and Ned Fike, Enid, Okla., and Doug and Tia Peterchuck; six grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Gene and Geri Till, and Carl Till; sisters and brother-in-law, Dola Stoll, Elaine and Spence Schnoor, Irene Funke and Helen Sheehy; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

EVON-COX-Katherine R.

EVON-COX-Katherine R., 88. Visitation 6 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Jan. 11 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., Jan. 12 at St. Gerald Church, Ralston. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Survived by children and spouses, Ramon and Flora Evon, Dan and Sharon Evon, Nick and Nancy Evon, Robert and JoAnn Evon, and Maria and John Moss; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Foundation, Siena/Francis House or Stephen's Center.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

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