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January 2019

RIHA-Theodore C. “Ted”

RIHA-Theodore C. “Ted,” 77. Funeral Mass Feb. 2 at St. Joseph Church, Springfield. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Survived by wife, Jan; sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Rhonda, and Scott and Anne; daughter, Jenni Riha; four grandchildren; five brothers; six sisters; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.


Nebraska private school students gather inside the state Capitol rotunda in Lincoln Jan. 24 for the annual school choice rally, sponsored by School Choice Nebraska. Students wore yellow scarves to promote the bill LB670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, which would establish tax credits for donations to nonprofit scholarship-granting organizations. COURTESY PHOTO

Opportunity Scholarships Act announced at school choice rally in Lincoln

For the Catholic Church, providing a high-quality education where every child can succeed is not merely a matter of equity, but one of social justice. 

Santa Esquivel helps her daughter Christy, 9, with her homework as Kimberly, 11, works on her assignment Jan. 19 at their home in Millard. MIKE MAY/STAFF

Scholarship helps Latino students, families

When Latino children have the opportunity for a Catholic education, the faith of the whole family can grow.

That’s a benefit the Esquivel family of Omaha experiences with the help of the Archdiocese of Omaha’s Latino Catholic Scholarship.


CHRISTENSEN-Gerald R., MD, 83. Funeral service Feb. 2 at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Preceded in death by parents, Bert and Emelyn Christensen; stepson, Douglas Haven. Survived by wife, Mary Clare Haven; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Stephen Fenton, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jill and Frank Castrina, Portland, Ore.; stepchildren and spouses, Guy Haven Jr.


ELLISON-Joan M., 80. Funeral Mass Feb. 2 at Mary Our Queen Church. Private interment. Survived by husband, Joseph; children, Robert, Steven (Julie), Lee Ann Ellison (David Fuglsang), Michael, Jean Powers (Craig), and Scott (Stefanie); 13 grandchildren; brothers, Francis “Bud” Dimino (Joan), and Robert Dimino (Kathy); nieces; nephews; other relatives.


GIAFFOGLIONE-Sarah, 90. Funeral service Feb. 2 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Tony; three sisters; brother. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Gay, Tony and Toni, Bob and Jane, and Gary and Cheryl; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Russell Giaffoglione. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association.

KOEPPEN-Martha Louise (Casey)

KOEPPEN-Martha Louise (Casey), 80. Funeral Mass Feb 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Inurnment Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, J.D. and Louise Casey. Survived by children and spouse, William F. Koeppen IV, Barbara Louise Koeppen, and Steven and Jennifer Koeppen; three grandchildren; brother, Joseph M. Casey Sr.; sister, Carolyn Christmas; nieces; nephews.


MITERA-Lois J., 85. Funeral service Feb. 1 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Leo. Survived by children and spouses, Mark and Annette, Cathy and Doug Anderson, and Michelle and Mike Bieker; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives. Memorials to Nebraska Humane Society.



SMITH-Jay D., 64. Memorial service Feb. 1 at St. Leo the Great Church. Survived by wife, Mora; daughters, Kirsten and Hannah; siblings, Tim Smith (Barb), and Jenie Smith (Peter Frewen); other family; friends. Memorials to the family.



LaSalle Club events

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 06 2019.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

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