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Letitia Jean (Hargrave) Shafer, 84


Date of Birth: May 18, 1930

Date of Death: February 22, 2015

Services: Funeral 10:00AM Friday, February 27, 2015 at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel

Visitation: Thursday 6:00-8:00PM at 72nd Street

Letitia Jean Shafer

May 18, 1930 – February 22, 2015

Omaha. Letitia “Tish” passed away peacefully at the Josie Harper Hospice House. She was born in Lexington, Nebraska to Donald and Marjorie Hargrave. Due to dust storms, they moved back to Spencer, Iowa when she was 3 weeks old. She spent her early childhood in Spencer. They moved to Omaha in 1942 where her father was employed at the Martin Bomber Plant. She attended Monmouth Park School and graduated from North High School in 1948.   Upon completion of Comptometer Training, she worked 10 years at jobs with Paxton Gallagher and Northern Natural Gas Companies. She met her future husband, John E. Shafer, at her father’s barber shop and they married on Sept. 23, 1956 at Pearl United Methodist Church. They had 2 children, Karen and Steven. She was a member of the Methodist Church since age 12 and was certified to teach 2-5 year olds, serving in the nursery and teaching 2 year olds for 8 years. She was active as a leader in Camp Fire Girls, PTA, and various volunteer work as her children grew up. She had been a member of Eastern Star for over 50 years. She enjoyed playing violin, gardening, tatting, and various types of needlework. In recent years, she had been especially involved in tracing family history.

Letitia is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John E. Shafer. Survived by daughter, Karen (Shafer) Vinson and husband, Larry of Omaha; son, Steven Shafer of Colorado Springs, CO; brother, Gaylen Hargrave, Sun City, AZ; grandchildren, Jonathan Shafer of Omaha and Rebecca Shafer of Council Bluffs, IA; and other family and friends.

Funeral Service 10AM Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel. Visitation Thursday 6-8PM. Interment in Dickens, IA. Memorials to Josie Harper Hospice House.

John A. Gentleman Mortuaries

72nd Street Chapel

Betty Joyce Matson, 87

Matson Betty website

Date of Birth: 09/18/1927

Date of Death: 02/22/2015

Services: 11:00 AM, February 27, 2015 at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S 114 St., Omaha, NE.

Visitation: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, February 26, 2015. at the John A. Gentleman Pacific Street Chapel.

Preceded in death by husband, W. Eugene Matson. Survived by daughters, Deborah (Christopher) Duffey, Linda Matson (Michael Howland); grandchildren, Jessica and Michaela Duffey, Michael and David Howland, Sharon Way; 6 great grandchildren.

Mary Elizabeth Stieren Biskup, 83

Biskup Mary website

Date of Birth: 06/30/1931

Date of Death: 02/20/2015

Services: Friday (2-27-2015) Visitation from 9am to 11am followed by a Memorial Mass at 11am at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday (2-28-15) 12 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Visitation: Saturday (2-28-15) 11:30 to 12 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorials: K C Hospice House, 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, Mo. 64145 or Great Plains SPCA, 5428 Antioch Dr., Merriam, Ka. 66202

Mary never met a stranger and always loved hearing other people's stories. Born in 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska, Mary was the only child of Arthur and Mabel Stieren.  She loved dogs, especially her first dog, Lassie, a Scottie.  After a period of living in California, the family returned to Nebraska, where she attended high school in Orleans, Nebraska, and college at The University of Nebraska.  She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Biskup in 1950. Together they had nine children and many dogs, as well as turtles, lizards, snakes, and other animals. Mary and Don lived briefly in Bangor, Maine, 10 years in North Platte, Nebraska, 19 years in Kansas City, Missouri, 10 years in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  She spent her final years in the Kansas City area.

While Mary and Don lived in New Jersey they enjoyed visiting the sights of NYC.  She loved to travel, and spent a year with Don in their motor home touring the United States before they settled in Hendersonville.  Mary lost Don suddenly in 1995. 

In 2001, she married Don Walker ("D2"), who died in 2002.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Mabel Stieren and daughter-in-law Lori Melton Biskup.

She is survived by her children, Susan Schurman, Mary Valerie (LC) George, Jeff (Sara) Biskup, Karen (Dan) O’Neill, Mark (Heather) Biskup, Greg (Pam) Biskup, Paul (Erin) Biskup, Dan (Becky) Biskup, and Matt (Dena) Biskup, as well as her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kate, and Valerie Schurman, Alex (Kristin) George and Bridget George, Leah (Kyle) Coady, Ryan and  Livia Biskup, Matt , Brian (Yulia), and Sean O’Neill, Hunter and Lindsey Biskup, Luke and Lowell Biskup, Peter and Sam Biskup, Trevor Biskup, Christina and Leland Biskup, and her great-grandchildren, Mason and Ashley George, and Molly Coady.


Inge L. Jacobs, 83

 Jacobs Inge website

Date of Birth: March 12, 1931

Date of Death: February 22, 2015

Services: Memorial Mass Wednesday, 12:00pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Visitation: Memorial visitation with the family Wednesday, 11:00am to 12:00pm at the church.

Preceded in death by her husband of over 40 years, Jacob Jacobs; children, Bella Zaluda and Joseph Jacobs

Survived by children, Benjamin Jacobs and Sara Adams; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Hans (Katie) Scherer; nephew, Ben (Darla) Scherer; her extended family and many good friends.

Marilyn J. (Skoog) Ashley 86


Date of Birth:October 8, 1929

Date of Death: February 20, 2015

Services: Funeral service Tuesday, 1:00pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2727 North 60th Ave, Omaha with private interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Visitation: Visitation Tuesday, 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the church.

Preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Martin C. Ashley; brother, Kenneth and parents, Herman and Edna Skoog.

Survived by sons and daughters in law Drs. Greg and Linda Ashley and Brad and Lynette Ashely; grandchildren, Jenny and Joe Mickeliunas, Karin and Jeremy Albin and John, Bradford and Kristin Ashley; great grandchildren, Amelia, Ephraim and Calvin; nieces and nephews.