Obituaries

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Kindness to students marked life of Jesuit Father Philip Amidon
Jesuit Father Philip Amidon taught theology at Omaha’s Creighton University, wrote about church history and translated early Christian literature.  But he was more than a scholar.  Father Amidon, who died… Read More
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Columban Father Alban Sueper was a missionary, local superior
Columban Father Alban Sueper took the agricultural skills he learned on a family farm near Lindsay and used them to help others nearly 8,000 miles away in the Philippines. After… Read More
Friday, May 15, 2020
Priesthood meant everything to Msgr. Newman
Msgr. Nelson Newman fell in love with the priesthood as a young child. He was ordained a priest in 1954 and was active in that vocation for 63 years, retiring in 2017 at… Read More
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Sister Christine Elias was educator, death penalty foe and ‘God’s cheerleader’
Sister Christine Elias, a Notre Dame Sister for 72 years, taught children at Omaha Catholic schools, fought against the death penalty in Nebraska and was a cheerful, singing soul for those… Read More
Friday, May 01, 2020
Father Richard led Columban Fathers worldwide
Columban Father Richard Conrad Steinhilber is being remembered for roles big and small. He led the Columban Fathers throughout the world during challenging times and served as a magazine editor for 20 years,… Read More
Friday, May 01, 2020
Sister Maureen made her mark in education and nonviolence initiatives
Sister Clare Maureen Connolly covered a lot of ground during her 45 years as a School Sister of St. Francis. She taught elementary and high school students, led parish religious education… Read More
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Redemptorist author Father Stillmock served at Holy Name Parish
Redemptorist Father Martin Stillmock, a prolific author and former pastor at Holy Name Parish in Omaha, was known for his kindness and words of wisdom, his fellow Redemptorists said. The 87-year-old,… Read More
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Benedictine Brother Melvin Tichota lassoed hearts at Mount Michael
Benedictine Brother Melvin Tichota of Mount Michael Abbey in Elkhorn spent three years helping a friend on a Sandhills ranch, but that experience stayed with him for the rest of his… Read More
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Sister Mary Augusta Garcia served in hospital lab and as instructor
Sister of Mercy Mary Augusta Garcia spent more than 36 years in a hospital lab, where she was easily recognized by her white habit, veil and shoes. She discovered her calling in… Read More
Monday, March 23, 2020
Sister Dolores taught for 54 years, 21 years in Columbus
Sister Dolores Smagacz, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration who taught for 21 years in Columbus, died Feb. 28. She was 84. A funeral Mass was held March 3 at St.… Read More
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Sister Annunciata taught, studied in Omaha
Sister Annunciata Muth, an Ursuline Sister of Louisville, Kentucky, whose 59-year career in education included teaching in Omaha, died Feb. 9. She was 93. A funeral Mass was held Feb. 13 at her order’s… Read More
Friday, January 03, 2020
Father Benliro was fixture at St. Mary Magdalene parish
Father Fernando Benliro enjoyed the routines of his life as an archdiocesan priest. That life included teaching Spanish and coaching tennis for high schoolers, and offering Mass and reconciliation to… Read More