PICKERT-Connie M., 86. Visitation 4 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both June 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., June 18 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Richard "Dick" Pickert; parents, Lena and Charles Sapienza. Survived by Number One Special Families and only people, Carl and Ann Marie Caniglia, Maria, John, Luke and Lily Svoboda, Thomas Caniglia, Mary Jo and Bill Duggan, Angela Duggan, Mark and Dominic Duggan, Connie Oddo, and Craig and Gin Otte; extended family; friends. Memorials to Masses or Nebraska Humane Society.
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KUHSE-Louise D., 89. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both June 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m., June 18 at Holy Cross Church. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manning, Iowa. Preceded in death by husband, Robert G. Kuhse; son, Joseph W. Kuhse. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Richard Schenck; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mary Kuhse, and Patrick Kuhse; sister, Irma Grant; four grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Holy Cross Tuition Assistance.
BOULDEN-A. Marjorie, 93. Visitation 6:30 p.m., rosary 7 p.m., both June 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., June 18 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by five brothers; two sisters. Survived by brothers and sister-in-law, John R. "Bob" O'Connor, and William E. and Jean O'Connor; sister, Patricia Kennelly; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church, Sacred Heart C.U.E.S. or to Masses.
BEDEL-Alexandra, 19. Visitation 5 p.m., wake service 7 p.m., both June 17 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m., June 18 at the church. Inurnment Flower Hill Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, John J. Bedel; grandparents, Lawrence Francois, and Lester and Vera Bedel. Survived by mother, Beverly Bedel; grandmother, Leona Francois; aunts; uncles; cousins. Memorials to the family.
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OLECHOSKI-Donald F., 56. Funeral Mass June 15 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by father, Frank Olechoski. Survived by mother, Dorothy M. Olechoski; children and spouses, Craig and Kate Olechoski, Kim and Matt Garland, Cari Olechoski, and Kevin Olechoski; four grandchildren; twin brother and spouse, Ron and Patti Olechoski; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patti and Matt Willis, and Marylin and Dave Young; nieces; nephews.
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FOSTER-Norman P. Sr., 77. Funeral Mass June 15 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by son, Timothy M. Foster; father, Wilman; mother, Marie; brother, William; sister, Patricia. Survived by wife, Rose Marie Foster; children and spouse, Norman and Alicia Foster Jr., Steven T. Foster, and Julie Fichter; granddaughter; grandson; great-granddaughter; sisters and brother-in-law, Linda and Lou Fox, and Shirley Foster. Memorials to the church.
ROTELLA-Theresa E., 89. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Ameado M. Rotella; son, Michael Rotella. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Violet Rotella; daughter, Mary Theresa Rotella; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Connie Daniels; brother-in-law, Ed Hustak.
Memorials to American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association.
2013 is a momentous year for Catholics throughout our nation. This year is the Year of Faith, a time when Catholics are called to more fully enter into their faith. But this year is also the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion in America. Since then, abortion has claimed the lives of over 50 million children in this country and become the catalyst for the culture of death. But all is not lost - by individually living out the teaching of the church, we will be able to gradually build up a culture of life in America.
Pro-Life Essay Contest: Stefano Tarantolo, a sophomore at Mount Michael Benedictine High School, Omaha
Every life is precious in God's eyes for we are all children of God. That life needs to be treasured and preserved every second of every day. However, in 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark decision ruling that state laws restricting abortion were unconstitutional.
Pro-Life Essay Contest: Monica Reeson, a ninth-grader at Guardian Angels Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, West Point
One choice has changed America forever by turning our culture into one of death and hate. This one choice has killed over 55 million babies and has praised the choice to do so. This choice was the legalization of abortion in the United States on Jan. 22, 1973. It is up to this generation to restore America as a culture of life and love.