Anna M. Manuell

Anna M. Manuell

May 18, 1937 – November 25, 2023

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt, and nurse Anna Manuell on November 25, 2023.  She was 86 years old and succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.   She is survived by her sons Edward (Jacqueline), Phillip Cardenas, Christopher Cardenas, daughters Danielle (Michael) Felcyn, and Jessica (Rob) Helms, brothers George (Vernelle) Cardenas, Paul Cardenas, Daniel (Patricia) Cardenas, sisters Nellie (Bob) Cardenas, Sarah (Bill) Crawford, Francis Pierce, and Helen Cardenas, grandchildren, Anthony Manuell, Nicholas Manuell, Tobias Semler, Zach Helms, Cooper Helms, Veronica Cardenas, Sebastian Cardenas, Lillian Cardenas, and Zoe Cardenas, and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband Earl Burton Manuell, parents Jesus and Paz Cardenas, brothers Joe Moreno, and Jess Cardenas, sisters Mary Zavala, Lucy Moreno, and Rose Rodriguez.

She was a wonderful and caring nurse for nearly 40 years in the Omaha area hospitals and nursing homes.  She received her Licensed Practical Nurse degree from the Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska and then her Registered Nurse Associate degree from Omaha’s College of Saint Mary.  She loved her work, especially when she cared for the elderly.  Her tireless efforts to care for the sick and elderly are well known and were appreciated by many patients and families.  She found her work rewarding and was an extension of her deep Catholic faith.

Her faith in God and His host of saints was fervent and passionate.  She offered daily prayers for family, friends and those in need.  Anna had many gifts from God that included the unique ability to talk to anyone and the willingness to aid the poor, sick, and elderly.  Charity and respect for others were second nature to her no matter social status or situation.  She found the good in everyone and looked to bring it out.

She was an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and often cleaned the churches she frequented.  She was a disciple of St. Francis of Assisi and was a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis.  She emulated his devotion to God and love of His creatures.  She loved her dogs and often fed the wild birds.  She also loved Elvis Presley, westerns, Nebraska football and mariachi music.  You could often find her watching an old western or listening to an Elvis song.  Most recently she often sang “Que Sera Sera”, how appropriate!

She was known in the family to speak her mind and was a firm parent to all.  We all believe our faith and success in life is because of her exemplary acts of charity and work ethic.  Anna was much loved and is sorely missed by many.  We have fond memories and many funny stories of her exploits and sayings.  She was always ready to offer her opinion and defend the underdog.  She was fierce but caring and loving to all.

Family will receive friends Thursday, November 30th, from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at Christ The King Catholic Church with a Vigil Service at 7:00PM.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, December 1st, 10:00AM at Christ The King Catholic Church

Interment: Calvary

She loved the Poor Clare Nuns of Omaha, Nebraska and often visited them to pray with their community.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 22625 Edgewater Road, Omaha, NE 68022,


The Peace Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.



  • Arnie & Hope Barnes Posted November 27, 2023 3:58 pm

    May loving memories of your mother help you find peace. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 5, 2023 2:39 pm

      Thank you!

  • Felicia Cardenas Stessman Posted November 27, 2023 4:22 pm

    To my Family.Many funny and fond memories. Here’s one I would like to share. One time I was taking Ed back to Iowa State. I was driving Anna’s car and it became dark out. I couldn’t find her lights to turn on, so we had to pull over. We laughed, cussed, and bickered until Anna finally broke out the cars manual. But we made it home safely. I will miss you greatly and I cherished the time I spent with you. Love your niece Felicia

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 7, 2023 11:47 am

      Thanks for that story! I remember when that happened, too funny Felicia. We’ll all miss her too.

  • Geoffrey Hall Posted November 27, 2023 8:18 pm

    Dear Ed and family, I am very sorry to hear about the recent passing of your Mother. She was a kind woman of faith. I have fond memories of her gentle demeanor and inviting smile. She lived a long and productive life. She is now at peace and in a far better place. God bless Mrs. Manuell. ❤️

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 7, 2023 11:50 am

      Thanks for your kind words! It was great to visit with you and your wife at Doug Pietramale’s memorial. I’m sure that my mom and Doug are at peace after a number of years of illness. Take Care!

  • John Vela Posted November 28, 2023 10:00 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss! My prayers and thoughts are with your family!

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 7, 2023 11:51 am

      Thanks John!

  • Cecilia Posted November 28, 2023 10:04 am

    It makes my heart happy, knowing all the wet noses and furry butts you had waiting for you in heaven Aunt Anna! Chang, Ace, Dolly, Buddy, Johnnie and more ❤️ I know they will watch over and care for you, the way you watched over and cared for so many 4 and 2 legged beings Thank you for being such a strong example of what a first generation Mexican American Woman can accomplish Aunt Anna. You should be an inspiration to all.
    Until we meet again, please keep my lost furbabies by your side .

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 7, 2023 11:53 am

      Thanks Cecilia! She was an inspiration and a force to be reconned with at times!

  • Maureen Sawatzki Posted November 28, 2023 11:24 am

    I offer my sincere condolences to Ed and his entire family. May Anna RIP. She was a wonderful woman. She was always kind to me. May God comfort your broken hearts. May Father God send his love and comfort and strength to you all.

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 7, 2023 11:55 am

      Thanks for the kind words Maureen! I remember that you and others were our St. Joe’s and 15th/16th Streets extended family.

  • Kenneth Blankenship Jr Posted November 28, 2023 8:13 pm

    I am sorry for your loss, I only met her a couple times, She was always smiling when I saw her. MY sincerest condolences to the entire family. I’m sure Heaven is a much better place with her in it. Again I am sorry for your loss.

    • Ed Manuell Posted December 7, 2023 11:56 am

      Thank you!

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