Shirley A Woodward

3/14/1929 – 1/7/2020

  Omaha – Shirley Arlene Woodward was born in Grand Island to Henry and Kathryn Franzmeier on March 14, 1929.  She had three sisters; Darlene, Joann, and Janet.  Shirley met Jim Woodward through their church youth groups.  They married on October 3, 1948 in Grand Island.  She and Jim lived in several towns in Central Nebraska before moving to Omaha with Jim’s job with Northwestern Bell.  Omaha was home for Shirley for the rest of her life.  She and Jim raised four children and established many good friendships through their church and workplaces.  Shirley enjoyed hosting friends and family at their home.  She was known for serving memorable meals and desserts prepared with her loving expertise.

Survived by husband of 71 years James (Jim), children Leslie (Jack) Sila, Mike (Shawna), Nancy (Gary) Roger, Tim (Cheryl), 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, family and friends.                 

Visitation Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary. Funeral Service Monday (1/13/20) 11:00 AM at First Covenant Church 201 N. 90th St. Omaha, NE. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorials to Lydia House.

Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th St – Omaha, NE 402-496-9000

LeElton (Lee) Ray Cravens Sr.

Sunrise October 3rd, 1964 Sunset December 22nd, 2019

LeElton (Lee) Ray Cravens Sr. suddenly passed away on December 22nd, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lee was born on October 3rd, 1964 to Royal Cravens and Cecile Morris. Lee is predeceased by his mother Cecile Morris and brother Alonzo Cravens. Lee is survived by children LeElton Jr., and Whitley; siblings Royale (Kathleen), Cecelia, and April (Barry) Eaves; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Lee will be remembered for his amazing cooking, carpentry, and fishing ability and knowledge. Lee was 55 years old. Rest now Lee your battle is over.

Visitation: Saturday, January 11th at 10:00 to 11:00 AM with services starting at 11:00 AM

Funeral Service: Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 1411 N 30th Street, Omaha, NE.

Marilyn A. Zimmermann

7/22/1929 – 1/4/2020

Omaha – Preceded in death by Husband Reinhardt, children James and Phyllis. Survived by children Mark, Paul (Crystal), Sharon (Jim) Vacanti, Thomas, grandchildren  Brandon (Rachel), Sara (Dan), Christopher, Rachael, great grandsons Logan, Carson and Ethan, sister Joan (Don) Achter, family and friends.                   

Visitation Friday 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th Street Omaha, NE. Memorial Service Saturday (1/11/20) 11:00 AM at River of Life Lutheran Church 5151 Northwest Radial  Omaha, NE.  Memorials River of Life Lutheran Church.

Roeder Mortuary 2727 N 108th St – Omaha, NE 402-496-9000

Clara Lucille Kleckner

Nancy (Kessler) Loehr

Donald R. Benning, Jr.

9/13/1967 – 12/30/2019

Donald was born in Omaha, the middle of five children born to Donald and Marcidene Benning. He attended Omaha Central High School where he was active in drama and music and the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he studied political science. 

Donald loved art, music and food and probably should have been running an art gallery or his own restaurant, but his professional life led him to a career in information technology and business solutions. Most recently he was manager for Managed Services Operations at Sirius Computer Solutions and celebrated his five-year anniversary with the company in December. Prior to that he had a long career at First Data where among other things, he served as manager of operations and manager of the IT operations command/data center. He also worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska for two years as director of business process management. Much of his work focused on the customer service side of operations, which if you knew Donald, makes perfect sense.

But while Donald worked (too) hard and excelled at whatever he did, his passions in life were his family, friends and living life to its fullest. Whether he was hosting one of his famous neighborhood cookouts, dinner parties for friends or his annual Christmas brunch for the family, Donald loved to entertain and every event was brightened by his presence.

We will remember the way Donald stepped up after dad died, like the 10 phone calls a day to mom we all teased him about, the regular “date nights” he took mom on and the tickets he had already bought to take her to The Lion King for her birthday this spring. 

We will remember his amazing cooking, and impeccable taste and style. We’ll never forget his infectious smile and laugh, the bright twinkle in his eyes, his generosity and the way he easily made friends. 

He loved everything Star Wars, Dune, classic literature and any movie or television show about vampires. He still thought the 1980s were the best years for music and loved EDM. In fact, he’s probably listening to one of his favorite SiriusXM stations — BPM, First Wave or Diplos’s Revolution — now. 

Our lives, and the world, are much less bright without Donald.

To quote one of his favorite movies: “The force is strong with this one.”

Preceded in death by Grandparents; Father: Don Benning, Sr.; Survived by Mother: Marcidene “Dee”; Sisters: Victoria Benning of Washington D.C., Tracy (Deb) Benning of San Rafael, CA, Kym (Christopher) (Benning) Edwards of St. Louis, MO, Brother: Damon (Jennie) Benning of Omaha; Nieces & Nephews: Rayniece, Brandyn, Cameryn, Calvin, IV., Caleb, Mya, Micah, Zoey, Chosen, Collin, Mason, Jordan, Breeanna; And many cousins, other loving family & friends.

Visitation Monday (1/6/20) 5:00 – 7:00 PM at 108th Street Chapel

Private Family Services to follow.

In Lieu of Flowers Memorials to Central High School Foundation

Roeder Mortuary, Inc. – 108th Street Chapel

2727 N 108th St – Omaha, NE – 402-496-9000

JoAnn M Switzer

7/14/1933 – 1/4/2020

Gretna – Preceded in death by Parents Ludvik and Annie Chalupa, siblings Lawrence Chalupa, Robert (Bob) Chalupa, Virginia Urbanovsky, Garold (Jerry) Chalupa, Ludvik (Duke) Chalupa Jr. Survived by Son Jamie (Trina) Switzer, Grandsons Cal and Trey, many family and friends.      

Visitation Tuesday 6:00 – 7:00 PM with Rosary 7:00 PM at Roeder Mortuary. Funeral Service Wednesday (1/8/20) 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church 508 Angus St. Gretna, NE. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials to St. Patrick Catholic Church. 

Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, NE  402-332-0090

Van Henry Thomas, Jr.

Casey M Erwin

5/11/1991 – 1/1/2020

Omaha – Preceded in death by Kitty Smither, Murle Erwin. Survived by mother Vanessa Erwin, siblings Tim Erwin (Tori), Katie Madden (Shawn), Emily Chadek (Matt), Nicholas Madden, Austin Madden, Gwen Madden, Beth Madden, James Keenan, family and friends.                       

Visitation Tuesday 5:00 – 7:00 with Vigil Service 6 PM at mortuary. Funeral Service Wednesday(1/8/2020)  10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church 9025 Larimore Ave. Omaha, NE. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to Unbound or St. James Catholic Church Building Fund.

Roeder Mortuary, Inc. – 108th Street Chapel 2727 N 108th St – Omaha, NE – 402-496-9000

Stewart, Michael Rae

December 8, 1955 – December 30, 2019

Omaha – Preceded by parents Donald and Mammie, brother Donald. Survived by wife Valerie, children Nicholas, Nathan, Joseph, Lindsey, Robert, Shawn, Timothy, Summer and Joshua, 28 grandchildren. Memorial Service 1PM Thursday (1/9/2020) at Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N. 108th St. Memorials to the family