Mary Sandra (Svoboda) Hamzeh

Mary Sandra (Svoboda) Hamzeh

February 1, 1956- August 6, 2023

Mary Sandra Svoboda-Hamzeh was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri but was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Born on February 1, 1956, the daughter of David and Sheila Svoboda, she was the first of five children. Mary was the oldest sister to Nancy, Steve, Amy, and Mark Svoboda.

Growing up, Mary attended Holy Cross and Mary our Queen grade schools and later attended Marian High School. She graduated from Marian in 1974. She was always the life of the party. She loved going to the disco and having a great time.

Mary had two major careers in her life, the first was working for FDIC, and then later as an Account Manager for Central States Resources until 2009.

Mary met the love of her life, Shahin Hamzeh, in 1978. They met at Peony Park at a hot air balloon event. Shahin laid eyes on Mary and knew, right then and there, he was going to make Mary his wife.

Mary and Shahin built a beautiful life together, they had two beautiful children, David and Nicole. They weren’t the easiest children to handle, but they sure were a lot of fun and created a bunch of beautiful moments and memories.

Unfortunately, David Hamzeh passed away on May 19, 2013, which was very hard on the whole family.

However,  a blessing and a gift had been born prior to David’s passing. Nicole had her first son, Brayden, on November 11, 2012. David was a very proud uncle to Brayden, and was very lucky to have met him.

Brayden brought life back into the family after David’s’ tragic death, but especially into his “Mimi”. Mary refused to be called Grandma. She wanted to be called “Mimi”.  Mimi and Papa found their purpose again as grandparents.

Mary loved her whole family so much. She was a kind, honest, caring, and loving woman.

She was a great Sister, Wife, Mother, and Mimi and she will be greatly missed. Her memory will stay alive though all of us.

Rest in Paradise with your beautiful son Momma.

Visitation: Tuesday August 15, 2023, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the West Center Chapel followed by a Vigil at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday August 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “Live Cast” button.



  • Kathleen Ashford-Wernz Posted August 13, 2023 3:31 pm

    My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Shahin, Nicole, Brayden and the Svoboda family. Yes, Mary loved to dance..such fond memories of her dancing days..Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon, Kathy

  • Mary McVey Posted August 15, 2023 9:31 am

    My prayers are with you all in this sad time. God bless you Mary!❤️

  • Amy Svoboda Posted August 15, 2023 9:40 am

    Good morning Sandy! I’ve been thinking about you all morning. I almost called you, like every morning before work. I’m so happy that you were greeted in Heaven by David and Mom and Dad. We will continue to go to your house to be with Shahin, Coler and Brayden. We all miss you. But we know you are probably the head of housekeeping now up there now. So, you’ll be busy. I love you so much. I even turned on The Hallmark Channel last night in honor of you. Continue to call me as I still need that “morning wake up call” I look forward to seeing you again, my beautiful sister!

  • Brenda Mangham Posted August 15, 2023 9:44 am

    I am very sadden to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a dear, close friend when I lived in Omaha, and we spent many times together.
    Love, prayer and sympathy to Shahin, Nicole and your family.

    • Nicole D Hamzeh Posted September 27, 2023 9:28 am

      thank you Brenda, I will let my Dad know what you said. So good to hear from you!

  • Donna Ohori Posted August 18, 2023 11:49 pm

    Mary and I worked together at both FDIC and SRC – many years! I know she loved you all very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you Shahin, Nicole, and Mary’s brother and sisters.

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