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September 2009

SHONKA-Paul F.

SHONKA-Paul F., 70. Funeral Mass Sept. 18 at Assumption Church. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Wilma Shonka. Survived by wife, Dorothy; children and spouses, Vickie Shonka, Teresa and Pat Davis, Ore., Christine and Dave Blankman, Robert Shonka, and Paul and Cindy Shonka, Ore.; 12 grandchildren. Memorials to the church or Alzheimer's Association.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

FUNERAL HOME

STIENEKE-Diane Marie

STIENEKE-Diane Marie, 21. Funeral Mass Sept. 18 at St. Mary Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Annette Kinsella and Eldon Johnson; grandparents, Margaret and John Kinsella, Eileen and Tom Kinsella; uncle, John Kinsella; grandmother, Wilma Stieneke. Survived by daughter, Angeline Stieneke; parents, Nancy and William Stieneke; fiancé, Josh Wright; brother, David; niece, Kiaya; step-brothers, Andy and Sonny Sird; step-sister, Ellen Stieneke; Tiffany, Amber, Stacy and Arron; aunts; uncles; cousins. Memorials to the family.

CONOAN-Dr. Eduardo A.

CONOAN-Dr. Eduardo A., 80. Vigil service 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Sept. 19 at the church. Interment Bellevue Cemetery. Survived by wife, Joy Lynn; children and spouses, John and Karen, LaVista, Mary and Richard Bailey, Davenport, Iowa, Christine and Michael Sjoberg, Bellevue, Katherine and Matthew Vogel, Eagle River, Ark., Eduardo Jr.

Madonna School honors two families

The Pietramale and Rotella families of Omaha were honored for their support of the Madonna School mission Aug. 29 at the school's annual fundraiser.

Joyce Pietramale and her late husband, Jack, and their children have been supporters of the Madonna School for many years. The couple's oldest child, Father John Pietramale, is in his 10th year on the Madonna School Board as spiritual chaplain and board member. Their daughter, Rebecca, chaired both the silent and oral auction in 2006.

New Cassel to honor award recipients

Several award recipients will be honored Oct. 2 at the 10th annual Spirit of Francis Celebration, a benefit for New Cassel Charity Care.

The Spirit of Francis award will be presented to Dr. Patrick E. Brookhouser. Shirlee Goaley will receive the Lempka Leadership award and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology will receive the New Cassel Distinguished Community Service award.

Scheduled at Arbor Hall, 14040 Arbor St. in Omaha, the event will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour and silent auction. Dinner is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Event to benefit Jesuit Middle School

Creighton University is seeking runners/walkers for the seventh annual Jaywalk to benefit the Jesuit Middle School of Omaha.

The 5K walk/run at Creighton University - set for Sept. 19 - has raised more than $50,000 in the past six years for the middle school. The money helps fund school improvements and provides scholarships for young males of North Omaha.

Recovery is more than just a dream

Alcoholism and drug addiction ruin many lives every year.

The administrators and staff at Catholic Charities' Omaha Campus for Hope deal with this sad reality every day.

As the largest provider of accredited substance abuse treatment services for the poor in Nebraska, the Campus for Hope has been helping indigent alcoholics and drug addicts discover the hope that comes with recovery since 1998.

Parental control technology in a multimedia age

The Federal Communications Commission, under new chairman Julius Genachowski, gave notice in September that it intends to look at parental control technologies and how they are used in the multimedia age.

One of those parental control devices is the v-chip, which has been part of the TV landscape throughout the decade. The v-chip allows TV users to block programs if they carry a particular TV Parental Guideline - the rating - or a letter-based content advisory for sex, dialogue, violence or language.

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