Anna Lou (Urzendowski) Micek

Anna Lou (Urzendowski) Micek

August 6, 1931 – August 22, 2020


Anna Lou (Urzendowski) Micek passed peacefully at home surrounded by her large family on Saturday morning, August 22, on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.  Coincidentally, to those who knew them, John affectionately referred to her as his Queen! And they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary!

She is survived by John, the husband whom she loved, her six children: John, Greg, Michelle, Reece, Laura and Elissa and their spouses; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her brother, Jim Sanduski. (Connie).

Spiritually guided by the Jesuits and the Sisters of Mercy, Anna Lou and John were major benefactors of Creighton University and Mercy High School, among others.  In addition to many scholarships and programs, Anna Lou enjoyed donating sculptures—most notably, one of the Holy Spirit in front of St. John’s Church at Creighton.  She was also the first Development Director of Mercy High School (in a volunteer role)!

Anna Lou and John received, among numerous awards, the prestigious Our Lady of Guadalupe Award, the highest award bestowed upon by The Institute for Priestly Formation, for their generous response to Mary’s call to live Jesus’s life in our day.

Anna Lou started a scholarship program at the three all-girls Catholic high schools in Omaha which, within 10 years, benefited 60 young women.  Uniquely, this award was based on their expression of their Catholic faith, rather than academic achievement.

Anna Lou was one of three founders of the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Nebraska, and the major benefactor.   Acting on a vision to build a shrine for pilgrims and travelers, Anna Lou joined two other founders also guided by the Holy Spirit.  This beautiful church stands atop a hillside as a perpetual reminder of Christ’s boundless guidance and love.

Known for her abundant energy, personal ambition, generosity of time, talent and treasure, devotion to our Lord and his mother Mary, love of travel, and her eagerness to question and to seek knowledge.  We are at peace knowing she is finally with our Lord getting the answers to her most challenging questions about HIS plan.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, August 24th from 5pm to 7pm at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 So. 86th St., with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, August 25th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church.  Internment: Saint John Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Christ the King Catholic Church, and Mercy High School…among many of her most passionate and life-long philanthropic endeavors.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass and Graveside Service, please go to and click on the “View Live Service” button on the home page.



  • Dr. Dan Murphy and Rev. Jean Murphy Posted August 22, 2020 8:05 pm

    Hers was a life well lived in service to others and her Lord.

  • Dorothy Rasgorshek Posted August 22, 2020 8:30 pm

    Anna Lou was a fun neighbor on Shirley and then Pacific St. She was always friendly and outgoing and yet rather humble. Although enthusiastic about an on-going project, she gave no indication of just how extensive her past participation had been in so many charities. She was blessed with a long life and a great husband who loved to please her. Rest in peace, dear lady.

  • Lisa Gordon Posted August 22, 2020 9:15 pm

    Sending love and blessings to you and your remarkable family.

  • Michael Montag Posted August 22, 2020 9:42 pm

    So Sorry to hear of Anna Lou’s passing. She was a dear friend and art patron. The legacy of her spirit, faith , and generosity will greatly outlive us all. Our world is a dimmer and more dull place without her. Heaven became brighter with another star.

  • Tom Rossi Posted August 23, 2020 10:00 am

    Greg, sorry for your loss. I have good memories of your mom from when we were young. Take care.

  • Mark & Jo Elworth Posted August 23, 2020 3:26 pm

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. What a fabulous person she was to give so generously throughout her life. I’m sure there is a special place in heaven waiting for her!

  • Janet Haney Posted August 23, 2020 10:56 pm

    My deepest Sympathy to all the Micek family. Your Mom & Dad John
    were wonderful, kind, caring faith filled family and friends to all who they blessed with their presence. Their legacy with their children are a blessing to all. May Anna Lou rest in Peace with her deep Catholic Faith… Love to all – Janet Haney

  • Rebecca McAfee Posted August 24, 2020 11:41 am

    Sending my love and healing thoughts to the entire Micek family. So very sorry for your loss. My best to John — I am sure he is grateful to have you all by his side right now.

  • Donna Garrett Posted August 24, 2020 3:42 pm

    Ann was a great witness to the faith. Her apostoli zeal will long be remembered. May her family be blessed beyond measure for all the good she did for others.

  • Jim Sanduski (NY) Posted August 24, 2020 9:29 pm

    I’m writing to express my heartfelt condolences on my aunt, Anna Lou’s passing. Although I couldn’t be there in person, I’m so glad to have been able to watch the live stream of the vigil service on-line tonight and hear the stories told by her six children and one of her many grandchildren. She truly lived a wonderful, loving life and I share in your sorrow but take comfort in knowing that she’s in heaven welcomed by the Lord, her parents and her other siblings. She’s in my prayers. All my best to John and the rest of the Micek family.

  • Gerald Dolejs Posted August 25, 2020 7:07 am

    My condolences to John and his great family.Sorry I was unable to attend the services.

  • John Lee (Agnes Roncka’s grandson) Posted August 25, 2020 8:48 am

    A long and fruitful life. The world will miss her.

  • ODonnell, Janie and family Posted September 4, 2020 11:20 am

    Oh John, I was so sorry to hear of Anna Louise’s passing. Many fond memories for all my family of the many years that we have known and loved you both. Time passes so quickly and aging keeps us from doing so many of the things we would like to be able to do. You are all in my prayers and I will be remembering Anna Louise as well. She was such a great person and did so many things for so many. I will have Fr. Ralph offer a mass for her. Love you John.

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