Obituaries

Friday, January 12, 2024
Redemptorist Father Ray Dompke remembered as a loving spirit
Father Ramon “Ray” Dompke, a Redemptorist priest from Chicago who served at Holy Name Parish in Omaha in the mid-1970s, died Jan. 7 at the rectory of St. Michael Parish… Read More
Tuesday, January 09, 2024
Deacon Franklin Mascarello set example for other deacons
Deacon Franklin “Frank” Mascarello was the kind of deacon other deacons strive to be. “He was a mentor to me,” said Deacon Brian Thomas, who serves at St. Columbkille Parish… Read More
Friday, January 05, 2024
Deacon Ralph ‘Bud’ Tharp loved preaching, serving as hospital chaplain
As a hospital chaplain, Deacon Ralph “Bud” Tharp Jr. provided spiritual care and comfort to the sick and dying. He died Jan. 2 – his birthday – on the same… Read More
Friday, December 15, 2023
Father Stephen Joseph Gutgsell
Stephen Gutgsell was born in Kansas City, MO. His family moved to Omaha in mid-August 1961. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Holy Name High School. He graduated from… Read More
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Des Moines priest served in many ways, including leading an Omaha parish
Msgr. Frank Chiodo – a parish priest, teacher, author, radio host, magazine editor and chaplain – served in the Diocese of Des Moines for most of his 47 years as… Read More
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Deacon Petersen remembered as a compassionate man who cared for others
As a physician and a deacon, Richard J. Petersen, M.D., spent his life taking care of people. He died Oct. 27. He was 74. A visitation was scheduled for Friday,… Read More
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Sister of Mercy Diane Davidson known for her care for students
With college degrees in chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, Sister of Mercy Diane Davidson gained the knowledge to teach high school and college science courses. But it was her… Read More
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Sister Rose remembered for her IT acumen and helpful nature
An early adopter of computer technology, Sister of Mercy Rose Schoolcraft was known for her prompt and gracious assistance to members of her community who needed help with their computers,… Read More
Friday, September 15, 2023
Deacon Overkamp spent his life serving others
Deacon Robert “Jerry” J. Overkamp was a servant – for his country, Church and family, his son said. In his “first career,” Deacon Overkamp served in the Air Force for… Read More
Wednesday, August 09, 2023
Sister Mary Jo Hrnchir remembered for her legacy of service
Notre Dame Sister Mary Jo Hrnchir was known for her compassionate nature and commitment to serving others. During her 61 years of religious life, Sister Mary Jo worked in the… Read More
Monday, August 07, 2023
Mark Dahir embodied Heart Ministry Center’s motto, Dignity for All
Mark Dahir, chief executive officer of the Heart Ministry Center, inspired others “to do the right thing.” Dahir died August 3 in Omaha. He was 48. “While Mark’s tragic passing… Read More
Monday, June 19, 2023
Deacon Patrick Gross served his country, the community and those in need
Deacon Patrick Gross of St. Mary Parish in Wayne had a lifelong passion for helping others, especially the elderly and the sick. Throughout his life, Deacon Gross, who was ordained… Read More
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