Obituaries

Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Omaha native served in teaching and family ministries
A love of children and concern for their welfare and that of their families was a central focus for Servant of Mary Sister Evangeline Wilkinson throughout her 70 years of… Read More
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Sister Florence served far and wide during 70 years of religious life
In her 70 years of service that spanned the continental U.S., Hawaii and South America, Sister Florence Gavin exercised her gentle influence through teaching, spiritual guidance and pastoral care. Sister… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Ethel Widhalm served in Catholic schools
Sister Ethel Widhalm, a Sister of Saint Francis of Colorado Springs for 72 years, was a teacher or principal in numerous schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha over the course of… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Deacon Jack Finney was an example to those who followed him into ministry
Deacon John “Jack” Finney was the first permanent deacon to serve at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha, beginning even before the church was built. He became a deacon that… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Esther Heffernan advocated for racial justice, prison reform
As a child, Sister Esther Heffernan, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, became aware of poverty and inequality in the world. From there, she made it her life’s work to fight for… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Dorothy Gabel was a science instructor, researcher and author
Sister Dorothy Gabel of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa served God and her students as a science teacher, researcher and author. Those students included some at the former Cathedral High… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Janet Guenther taught and served in pastoral care in the Omaha archdiocese
School Sister of St. Francis Janet Guenther, a Crofton native, served as an educator, pastoral counselor and volunteer – including more than a decade as a teacher in the Archdiocese of… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Miriam Gehringer lived a hermit’s life
Servant of Mary Sister Mary Miriam Gehringer, who lived the life of a hermit for the past 44 years, and who earlier taught in Omaha, died Oct. 2 in Ava, Missouri. She was 95.… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Anne Marie Mullen served in education, behavioral health and other fields
Sister Anne Marie (St. Bridget) Mullen took on multiple roles as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. During her 69 years of religious life, Sister Anne Marie served… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sister Esther taught in Omaha schools
Servant of Mary Sister M. Esther Joyce, whose 67 years of religious life included teaching for 19 years in the Archdiocese of Omaha, died Nov. 19. She was 97. Private funeral services were held… Read More
Monday, December 21, 2020
Deacon Digilio ministered through music and much more
Deacon John J. Digilio made Assumption-Guadalupe Parish sing. For years he played the organ, sang and directed the choir at Assumption Church, all with zeal, according to pastors who worked… Read More
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Sister Mary Ellen taught at Omaha Catholic schools
Sister of Mercy Mary Ellen Devereux, who served as an educator for about 35 years, including at four Omaha Catholic schools, died in Omaha Nov. 14 after 75 years of… Read More