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Kizer, William McBain, Age 92 years.

Kizer William website

Date of Birth: 03/25/1925

Date of Death: 08/20/2017

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 24, 2017, 10:00 A.M. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 102nd & Blondo, Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation: Vistation will be held Wednesday, 4-7:00 P.M. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church with a Wake Service 7 P.M.

Memorials: Memorials are suggested to St. Pius/St. Leo’s School, A Catholic High School of your choice, Stephen Center or Creighton University.

Preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Clara Kizer, brother, Thomas L. Kizer, and his first wife, Lois Sledge Kizer.

Survived by his wife, Bunnie Skradski Kizer; children, William Kizer (Kathy), Richard Kizer (Maureen), Joseph Kizer, Kathryn Russell, John Kizer (Reneé), Lucy Smith (Mike), Mary Phelps (Mike), Edward Kizer (Susie) and Monica Lanik (Steve); 31 grandchildren and an expanding number of great grandchildren; stepchildren: Frank Skradski, Tom Skradski (Annie), Don Skradski (Patti), John Skradski (Karla), and Dr. Joe Skradski (Julie); 9 step grandchildren and a growing number of step great-grandchildren.

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Kamisar, Leo, Age 97

Date of Birth: 11/03/1919

Date of Death: 08/21/2017

Services: Graveside Service Wednesday (8-23-17) 10:30 AM Fisher Farm Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorials: Charity of your choice.

Preceded in death by wife, Irene Kamisar; mother, Rebecca Beber; step father, Albert Beber; father, Harry Kamisar.
Survived by children, Kim Hora, Dan Kamisar; grandchildren, Corey (Lora) Hora, Jason (Katelyn) Hora; brother, David (Arlene) Beber; sisters in law, Judy Vann, Susie (Artie) Friedberg; numerous nieces and nephews.


Hailey, Willard L. Age 87

Hailey Willard website

Date of Birth: May 18, 1930

Date of Death: August 18, 2017

Services: Memorial Service Thursday, 2:30pm at the Bellevue-Sarpy County Chapel. Interment of the urn at Omaha National Cemetery.

Visitation: Visitation Thursday, 1:30pm to 2:30pm at the Bellevue-Sarpy County Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.

Preceded in death by his wife Lois Hailey; daughter, Linda and son, David.
Survived by his children, Billy Hailey, Cindy (Tom) Lewis, Sonia (Dave) Martin, Dan Hailey, Rodney Hailey, Dale Hailey and Jason Hailey; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and good friends.


Smith, Dennis Gray, Age 71 years.

Smith Dennis website

Date of Birth: 12/26/1945

Date of Death: 08/17/2017

Services: Services will be held Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the John A. Gentleman Mortuaries, 72nd Street Chapel, 1010 North 72 Street Omaha, NE. 68114

Visitation: Visitation Sunday 4-6 pm at the John A. Gentleman Mortuaries, 72nd Street Chapel, 1010 North 72 Street Omaha, NE. 68114.

Survived by his wife of 44 years, Joyce Smith; children, Dennis Gray (Haffissatou) Smith Jr., Jeana Diane Smith, Kevin Allen (Ellen) Smith, Jeremy Gray (Tori) Smith, Brian Keith Smith; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; siblings, Sandy Selders, Kenny Smith, Eddie Smith, Mark Whaley; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother, Rusty Whaley.


Malina, Dr. Bruce J., Age 84

Malina Bruce website

Date of Birth: 10/09/1933

Date of Death: 08/17/2017

Services: Monday (8-21-17) 5:00 PM at St. John Catholic Church at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.

Visitation: Sunday (8-20-17) 3:00 to 5:00 PM and Monday (8-21-17) 3:00 to 4:30 PM both at the John A. Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorials: Open Door Mission, Siena Francis House or The Salvation Army.

Dr. Bruce J. Malina, Creighton professor of New Testament for forty-eight years, died at his home in the early hours of Thursday, 17 August. Health issues had necessitated his retirement four years earlier as he approached his eightieth birthday. The World Herald had featured Malina in an article 26 June, 1994, “Scholar Finds Niche in Bible,” as he began to gain global recognition for a new approach to biblical studies. Bruce’s method emphasized interpretation of the New Testament from the cultural perspectives in which the Gospels and Epistles were written.

Bruce was born in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), New York, 9 October 1933. He was the first of nine children born to Joseph and Mary Malina. Preceded in death by his younger brothers Tom (2015, Watkins Glenn, NY) and Joe (2016, Austin, TX), there are six remaining siblings: Bob (Bay City, TX); Mary Ann (Long Island, NY); Chris (Queens, NY); Barbara (Berkeley, CA); Edward (Watkins Glen, NY); and Joanne (Canandaigua, NY). Four of those siblings had left home for Omaha at word of Bruce’s deteriorating health and arrived shortly before his death at 3 am. Another brother and his wife were enroute when he died. The Malina family is closely knit, drawing their friends into the family circle as well. As news of Bruce’s death became public, one such friend sent a note of sympathy identifying herself as part of “the Malina nation.”

Bruce’s lengthy education began in a Polish Catholic grade school in Brooklyn (Our Lady of Consolation). His high school years were spent in a Franciscan boarding school in Wisconsin (St. Bonaventure), after which he joined the Franciscan Friars. Bruce was ordained a Franciscan when he was twenty-seven. His education continued in West Chicago, Rome and Jerusalem where he received his doctorate in New Testament studies. Bruce’s teaching ministry in the Philippines ended after five years when his evolving approach to New Testament studies met with disfavor from the local Cardinal. He was hired by Creighton in 1969 as he began the process of retiring from the priesthood. Three years later he married Diane Jacobs (1972). In 1984 they adopted Musa and Sa’id El Hindi, two Muslim, Palestinian teenagers from Beirut. Their four Beirut brothers and parents became part of Bruce and Diane’s family. Their grandsons are Liam and Sean, sons of Musa and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi; and Sa’id’s son, Zack.

Bruce’s scholarly legacy includes: numerous articles, books which were translated into a variety of languages, scholarly awards, and global recognition.

His passion for teaching, his commitment to helping other scholars; his respect for Islam, and his support for Palestine’s Christians and Muslims are widely known. Bruce’s love of his Yorkies and being at home, his commitment to family, both biological and extended, are known to a smaller circle.  He was an extraordinary human being who will be missed by all those whose lives were enriched by his keen mind and generous heart.

Written by Diane Jacobs Malina, his wife of forty-five years.