Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

November 25, 1956 – January 15, 2024

Andrew Williams, age 67, of Omaha, NE was called home January 15, 2024 after a valiant battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Andrew was born on November 25, 1956 to Marie Lockhart Williams and Leroy Williams, Sr. in South Minneapolis. He was the youngest of four children: late Alfred Williams; Shirley Williams; late Leroy Williams, Jr.

Andrew’s upbringing shaped him into the man he grew to be. His family came from humble beginnings. His parents divorced when he was 5 and his mother raised her four children in the Seward Neighborhood where Andrew attended Monroe and Seward Elementary Schools and Philips Jr. High School. It was through his formative schooling experience that he met some of the most influential people in his life: great friends and great teachers like John Watts who introduced him to his love of music; Sherry Carlson who sold him his very first bass guitar, a 1965 Precision Bass – white maple neck; Gordon Anderson who broadened his horizons to movies and great Italian food (Café DiNapoli), treating him to dinner and a movie monthly and opening his eyes to other worlds; and finally Joy Gustafson who took it upon herself to ensure that he would be destined for higher education.

But before that it was music. Andrew was self-taught, learning to play his bass guitar by copying the music he heard on his beloved records. He became so good that he was asked to first substitute and later become a permanent bass guitarist for a South African band called ABADINGI. The band traveled the college circuit and occasionally played larger venues like the Orchestra Hall. The band’s claim to fame was being invited to open for Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first American tour. Andrew’s best music story included a jam session with a young Prince in the garage at his mother’s home on 22nd Avenue. By the age of 13, Andrew was a session bassist and a card-carrying union musician.

While in high school at Minneapolis South, Andrew was given the opportunity to take a job with a small local bank, The Chicago – Lake State Bank, where he worked as a messenger. The job involved picking up teller proof work and delivering it to the single pocket sort operator in the lower level of the building. Andrew worked there from 1972 until his high school graduation in 1974. It was at the bank where Andrew also met his wife, Monina. She was a teller.

Andrew and Monina were married on August 25, 1979, and in 1980, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from the University of Minnesota. The couple went on to have daughter Andrea Michelle Lourdes Williams (Forsht) and son Allan Martin Lorenzo Williams. Andrew had tremendous pride in his children. Watching them thrive in their schooling, careers and relationships was his greatest legacy. His 50-year love story with Monina was one of great admiration, care and respect and a model for his children and others to aspire to.

Andrew spent 42 years in the financial services industry working at First Bank Southdale, Norwest Banks in the Twin Cities, Metropolitan Federal Banks in Des Moines, First National Bank and Great Western Bank in Omaha, Bank of the West in Oklahoma City, and US Bank in Kansas City, eventually becoming an Executive Vice President of a multi-billion-dollar financial company. He had a storied career and befriended and mentored many of his colleagues along the way.

After retiring from the banking industry, Andrew took the opportunity to follow his passion for cars and joined Mercedes-Benz of the Omaha where he proudly worked alongside great coworkers and served a wonderful group of clients for 12 years.

Andrew’s greatest joy were his grandchildren: William Dashiel Forsht, Alexander Mateo Williams, Mia Sutton Forsht, Henry Lucas Williams, and Isla Bowie Forsht.

Preceded in death by his father, Leroy Williams Sr.; and brothers, Alfred Prentiss Williams, and Leroy Williams Jr.

Survived by his wife, Monina Williams: children, Andrea Forsht (Gregory), Allan Williams (Rocio); mother, Marie Freeze; sister, Shirley Williams; and his beloved grandchildren.

Services will be held at St. Stephen the Martyr Church (16701 S Street, Omaha, NE 68135) on Saturday, January 20th at 10:30am and will be followed by a light lunch.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Omaha Street School or the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Success Fund.

To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and press the “View Live Cast” button on the top of the homepage.

37 Comments

  • Lynn Forsht Posted January 16, 2024 5:30 pm

    Heartfelt sympathy at this loss of Andrew. Please be assured that he has gone on to a beautiful new life where all tears are wiped away. May happy memories of Drew and the sure knowledge that he has reached his heavenly home comfort you all. Love to all the family, Dino and Lynn Forsht

  • Chase Wixon Posted January 16, 2024 5:33 pm

    The world lost one of the most wonderful human beings I came to know in my life. His love, mentorship, and passion for those he cared for shined through in every interaction he had. No matter how full his life was he always had time to lend a helpful anecdote, share a story, and lend a listening ear. This one cuts deep because seldom do people walk this earth that are so pure of heart. Sending all my love and support to his friends and family. CW

  • Monica Posted January 16, 2024 6:06 pm

    Prayers for your family! ❤️What an amazing life he lived!

  • Starlett Logan Posted January 16, 2024 6:47 pm

    Love you always uncle. Rest now. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • DEBORAH ANDERSON Posted January 16, 2024 7:30 pm

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you Monina and to the entire family. He now has his angel wings and is smiling down upon you. May he rest in comfort and rejoice in his new life.
    Love to you Monina and may all your memories live on forever.
    ✝️
    Debbie Anderson (Marges’ sister)

    • Monina Williams Posted January 23, 2024 2:12 pm

      Thank you Debbie

  • Roshan Rajkumar Posted January 16, 2024 8:47 pm

    The Rajkumar Family cries with you in this loss. Drew was family, as are all of you. I trust Concy and Raj were their with Drew’s other family to welcome him to Heaven. Know that our love and prayers are with you. peace, Roshan

  • Dave Ricks Posted January 16, 2024 9:58 pm

    Drew will be forever remembered, forever missed. My prayers are with Monina, Allan, Andrea and family. I will always treasure the fond memories created while living in Minneapolis and Drew and Monina’s friendship. Here is to God’s newest angel.

  • Bev Conroy Posted January 16, 2024 11:13 pm

    A life well lived! Andrew didn’t miss an opportunity to work, love, mentor or learn. He was an amazing husband and father. Fond memories of him as our neighbor and friend. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for Godspeed into heaven. Prayers to his beloved Monina, children, grands, and the rest of his family.

  • Romeo & Jeaniffer Concepcion Posted January 16, 2024 11:39 pm

    Our condolences to Monina & family

  • Connie Cinbamon Posted January 16, 2024 11:47 pm

    My deepest sympathy Monina and family.

  • Marissa Roque Posted January 17, 2024 12:21 am

    Sending our prayers for comfort and peace during this time of huge and great loss. We love you.

  • Frank McGree Posted January 17, 2024 9:22 am

    My heartfelt condolences Monina and family. His legacy in the not for profit community here in Omaha will long be remembered as well.

  • Debbie Miller Posted January 17, 2024 10:51 am

    My deepest sympathies to Monina and the family. I can remember Monina talking about Drew with such pride and love. You are all in my prayers.

  • Karl Kersey Posted January 17, 2024 11:56 am

    My heartfelt condolences to you Monina, Andrea and Allen. My prayer is that the Spirit of God surrounds you all in the days, weeks and months ahead. May you find peace in the assurance of God’s promises of eternal life with Him.

  • Andrew Eastman Posted January 17, 2024 2:57 pm

    Allan – I’m so sorry for your loss. David Gardels told me repeatedly what a highly respected man your father was, and what a great reputation he had. If I can do anything at all, please just ask.

  • Penny White Posted January 17, 2024 7:18 pm

    Prayer for my family. Francis White Prentiss MS was my mom

  • Paul MUIA Posted January 17, 2024 7:33 pm

    My family and I wish you the peace that only God can provide
    We join you in celebrating Drew’s life and hold forever in our hearts the joy and friendship he extended to everyone

  • Eleisea Baker Posted January 17, 2024 8:12 pm

    My sincere condolences to entire family for our loss. My prayers & thoughts are with you.
    Rest in Peace Cuz.

  • Susan M Clark Posted January 17, 2024 10:41 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Was a pleasure to meet your beautiful family. May he rest in peace.

  • Nancy Moricette Posted January 18, 2024 1:14 pm

    Blessings to your family during this sad time. May he rest in peace and power.

  • Charles and Agnes Lockhart Posted January 18, 2024 4:09 pm

    We are in prayer for the family. Andrew was a great person and will be missed in all of our families.

  • Sandy Lukavsky Posted January 18, 2024 4:32 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. Wishing Andrew Williams rest and, to those who love him and grieve this loss, I wish peace and comfort. May your shared love and memories be a blessing.

  • Jari and Nettes Jison Posted January 19, 2024 2:46 pm

    Our sympathies to Monina, Andrea, Allan, and their families. Drew will be missed. We will offer our prayers for his eternal peace.

  • Robin Fosbender Posted January 19, 2024 2:52 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss! Thoughts and prayers go out to Monina and her family!

  • Stoney and Ernestine Griffin Posted January 19, 2024 9:48 pm

    The Traveler by James Dillet Freeman
    May these Words bring a measure of comfort to you at this sad time. “He has put on invisibility, Dear Lord, I cannot see– But this I know, although the road ascends and passes from my sight,, there will be no night; that You will take him by the hand and lead him on, Along the road of life that never ends. And he will find it is not death but dawn. And you will hold him dear, And this that we call death is no more than the opening and closing of a door. And in Your house how many rooms must be, Beyond this one where we rest momently. Dear Lord, I thank You for the faith that frees, The love that knows it cannot lose its own; The love that, looking through the shadows, sees that, You and he, and we are ever one!” We love you all so much. We hold you in our hearts today and always. Drew was such a special man. Tean and Stoney

  • Cheryl Frazier Posted January 20, 2024 12:23 am

    It was with deep sorrow to hear of Drew’s passing. The Williams and Frazier families have been intertwined for many years beginning on old 22nd Avenue in the 60’s. After everyone moved from 22nd I can’t help but remember the visits to the Williams home where we played endless games including,”hide & seek”, until dark, still sorry when it was time to go home. We were like family then, as we are today. We’ll miss Drew as we do Alfred and Junior. They will always have a place in our hearts. To Drew’s family, we pray that God will give you comfort in knowing Drew was an awesome man who lived a great life. He knew he was loved, and he suffers no more because he is at rest in his heavenly home. Although you may not see him, know that he is forever with you in your mind and hearts ♥️.

  • Dan Brabec Posted January 20, 2024 7:40 am

    My deepest sympathies to Drew’s dear family. I was provided the gift of working alongside Drew for a few precious years. A man of integrity, strong faith and great love for others. Dan

  • Winnfred & Gary Timmons Posted January 20, 2024 9:17 am

    To our family, So sorry for your loss. May God comfort your hearts, like only He can. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Be Blessed …

  • Winnfred & Gary Timmons Posted January 20, 2024 9:20 am

    To our family, so sorry for your loss… May God comfort your hearts like only He can. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Be Blessed

  • Cathy McQuerry Posted January 20, 2024 9:54 am

    Jim and I send our heartfelt condolences to you, Monina, and your entire family. As you grieve the loss of Andrew, let the tears flow. They are a gentle remembrance that Jesus uses those tears to wash away our pain and sorrow. May He comfort all of you and bring you warm, happy memories of Andrew until you are united with him in the glory of Heaven. Sending love and hugs..

  • Winnfred & Gary Timmons Posted January 20, 2024 10:10 am

    To our family, so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your hearts like only He can. We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. Be Blessed…

  • Marva Walker Posted January 20, 2024 11:11 am

    My condolences to the family and prayers to the God of comfort.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-5, John5:28-29. ,Revelation 21:3-4 , ZPsalms 37:29.

  • Jerry and Melania Peterson Posted January 21, 2024 2:03 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Andrew’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy Monina, and Andrea and Allan. May God comfort

  • Stanley/Joan Standifer Posted January 22, 2024 5:54 pm

    We are sending love, hugs and blessings to the family of Andrew Williams. We only met him eight years ago when purchasing an auto. Andrew was so knowledgeable and caring. Through those years , he shared stories about his wonderful family, especially his wife, whom we had the pleasure of meeting at a classical performance. Your loss is tremendous; your memories are deep. We pray for your comfort.

  • Julie Christiansen Posted January 24, 2024 5:12 am

    Monina,
    Sending my sympathy and condolences to you and your family.
    May Andrew rest in the peace and light of our Lord.

  • Cynthia Powell-Cobb Posted January 29, 2024 3:15 pm

    Andrew was a beautiful human being, who faced his illness with grace. I’m so happy he was blessed with such a loving and supportive family. I will remember him for his warmth and great sense of humor. My prayers to his family.

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