Obituaries

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Benedictine Sister Dorothy Frances was drawn to missionary work, Hispanic ministry
Missionary Benedictine Sister Dorothy Frances Brooks, who served in missions on three continents, and in the Archdiocese of Omaha, died Jan. 18 at the Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk. She was… Read More
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Dominican Sister Nora Ryan joined three siblings in religious vocations
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Nora Ryan was an example of how religious vocations can flourish in a devout Catholic family. Growing up in Omaha, she was the sixth of 14 children… Read More
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sister Elizabeth was teacher, spiritual and retreat director, founder of spirituality center
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Elizabeth Toohey shared her joy and deep spirituality along with her love of music and art through teaching, leading retreats, spiritual direction and commitment to social justice.… Read More
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sister Zita was teacher, principal in Omaha archdiocese, pastoral minister in other states
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Zita Simon, whose 55 years of religious life included service as a teacher and principal at Catholic schools in the Omaha archdiocese, died Jan 5 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. She was 75.… Read More
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Deacon Gau was known for personal, caring ministry
Deacon Jerome “Jerry” Gau wasn’t one to lead large ministries in the archdiocese or at his parish, St. James in Omaha. Instead, he mastered a simple one-on-one ministry and affected countless… Read More
Friday, January 08, 2021
Father Byrne, a widower, raised a family before becoming a priest
One might expect to find vestments, a chalice and religious books among a priest’s belongings. But some more unusual items also graced the assisted-living apartment of Father Bernard Byrne: photos… Read More
Friday, January 08, 2021
Father Bartek served at archdiocesan parishes and at Boys Town
Father William Bartek, who served several urban and rural parishes and for nine years at Boystown in Omaha, died Jan. 4 in Omaha. He was 86. Visitation is set for… Read More
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Father Sedlak was spiritual director, retreat master, author 
Redemptorist Father Kenneth Sedlak, an Omaha native who served much of his 48-year priesthood in Illinois, died Dec. 19 at his order’s St. Clement Center in Liguori, Missouri. He was… Read More
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