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October 2008

BARTA-George H.

BARTA-George H., 87. Visitation 4 p.m., Oct. 3 at the funeral home. Funeral services 11 a.m., Oct 4 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wives, Goldie Barta and Geraldine Barta. Survived by son, Charles Lienemann; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews.



Serra Club officers

Pictured at the Sept. 15 meeting of the Serra Club of West Omaha are President Mike Geppert, Chaplain Father Tom Adams and Patrick Greenwood, past president. Photo by Bob Ervin.

Madonna School to hold event

The Madonna School will hold its 35th annual boutique, luncheon and fashion show Oct. 6 at the D.C. Center, 11832 Stonegate Circle.

The boutique, which will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature handmade craft items and a bake sale.

Following the noon luncheon, a fashion show, featuring fashions from J.C. Penney's Westroads store, will be held. Thirty models, including 10 children from the Madonna School, will take part in the show.

CSM professor named chairman

Marcy Echternacht, assistant professor of nursing at the College of Saint Mary, has been selected chairman of the Transition to Practice Committee of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

This appointment will be instrumental in developing policy on critical nursing issues at the national level. During her two-year term, Echternacht will directly influence the direction of nursing practice for new graduates that will have an impact for years.

Bishop Cupich receives award

Bishop Blase Cupich of the Diocese of Rapid City received the Spirit of Francis Award at a benefit for New Cassel Oct. 3 at the Physicians Mutual Insurance Company in Omaha.

A native of Omaha and graduate of Ryan High School, Bishop Cupich was ordained in 1975 and installed as bishop in 1998.

Also honored at the Spirit of Francis Celebration were Tim Hall, Lempka Leadership Award, and Desert Ministries/Paul Falkowski, New Cassel Distinguished Community Service Award.

Health care leaders meet

Franciscan Care Services played host Sept. 15-16 to its health system's Leadership Enrichment Program, drawing some 45 hospital and nursing home executives and managers from Ohio, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

The leaders gathered in West Point to attend workshops on Franciscan leadership. They also discussed health care issues and toured some of the health care facilities in West Point.

Serra convention set for Oct. 17-19

Framework for Vocations in the 21st Century is the theme for the Annual Convention of USA Council of Serra International Region 9 in Kansas City Oct. 17-19.

Bishop Blasé Cupich of Rapid City, S.D., USA Serra's episcopal adviser, will be the keynote speaker. He is chair-elect of the Vocations Committee for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

CSM celebrates 85th anniversary

The College of Saint Mary celebrated its 85th anniversary Sept. 12 with Founder's Day. More than 150 people attended a reception in the renovated Math & Science Hall and a dinner in Mercy Hall on campus.

CSM President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, provided a state of the university address.

Additional speakers included CSM seniors - biology major Andrea McCoy and occupational therapy major Monika Lukasiewicz.

Sisters of Mercy Day held Sept. 24

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey proclaimed Sept. 24 as Sisters of Mercy Day.

On that date, Omaha Mercy High School students dressed in traditional habits re-enacted the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy to Omaha in 1864. The students represented the past as they greeted the new leadership with artifacts symbolizing various ministries in which the sisters have served, including education, health care, social services, parish and diocesan ministries, and prayer.

Benefit concert set for Poor Clare Sisters

Skyway to Heaven, a benefit concert for the Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha, is set for Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.

Performing will be Omaha entertainers Michael Dryver, Heidi Joy, Dave Webber and Mary Maxwell.

Dryver, owner of the Omaha School of Music, will conduct the Iowa Western Concert Choir and an orchestra of Omaha's finest professional instrumentalists in performing his "Millennium Celebration Mass." It was internationally premiered and conducted by Dryver at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel in Rome.


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