Anne M. Kenkel

Anne M. Kenkel

December 9, 1943 – November 9, 2023

Anne “Annie” spent her early years in South Omaha.  Her father and all her grandparents immigrated from Bohemia around 1900.  She graduated from Omaha South in 1961.  She attended Creighton University and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree.  In 1974 she graduated from the University Medical Center with a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.  She worked in mental health for 39 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  She also taught nursing at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Creighton University and Clarkson College.  She believed it was important to practice the skills she wanted to impart to students and therefore divided her time between teaching and clinical practice.

In the mid ’90s she received an advanced license (ARNP) in psychiatry and spent the last 13 years of her career working with veterans at outpatient facilities in both Omaha and Mount Vernon, Missouri.

She and her husband, Urbie, built a home on the shores of Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Missouri., and enjoyed six years of fishing in its beautiful waters.  They returned to Omaha in 2005 to be closer to family and friends.

Annie and her husband were founding members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and she served as a lector for many years.  Her Catholic faith and belief in God were very important to her.

She greatly enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.  Fishing was a passion for her, and she was an avid bowler in her younger years.

Annie was preceded in death by stepson, Scott Kenkel and his wife, Tammy Kenkel.  She is survived by her loving husband, Urbie; sons, Scott Farris, Mark Farris (Nelly); stepdaughter, Shelley Donovan (Dr. Jerry); grandchildren: Sheridan, Skylar and Finn Farris, Ryan and Erin Kruse and Dylan Kenkel.

VISITATION: Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 5-7 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7790 192nd St. Gretna, NE, followed by the Nurse Honor Guard Presentation at 7 p.m. and  VIGIL SERVICE: shortly after. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 10 a.m. at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Croix Hospice. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Marlene and Jake Posted November 14, 2023 10:51 am

    We are so sad about Annie’s passing. After her resent rebound, had hoped for more time since she survived far beyond the original assessment. She was a wise and dear friend and will be greatly missed. Our sympathy and prayers to you all.

  • Jeanne Posted November 15, 2023 7:54 am

    Good morning my dear Urbie how are you feeling ? I received a new my love dearest Anne left’s us It’s very sad to loss our loved one
    Nobody doesn’t know the way of God Courage Urbie and whole family’s in this time of your sorrow We pray that her soul resting in peace
    My sincere condolences for the families
    I’m vacation in Paris Union of prayers
    Jeanne with my deepest sympathies 😭

  • David Kentsmith, MD Posted November 26, 2023 4:40 pm

    Anne was one of the kindest, caring and highly professional Psychiatric nurses and Nurse practitioners I have known in my psychiatric career. She took care of some of the most profoundly mentally ill patients I have known. She was a advocate to the isolated, alienated and rejected souls who received extraordinary psychiatric care. Often she was the only human contact scores of patients had because of the severity of their illnesses. She truly administered to Angles unawares and “the least of these” that Christ reminds us of in giving of ourselves in Christian charity. After so many years of suffering, the gates of heaven surely swung open wide and she now rests in peace and light perpetual in the welcoming arms of our Redeemer. How fortunate and wonderful it was to have known and worked with her.

  • Cindy Rupp Posted November 28, 2023 8:53 pm

    My Dear Dear Urbie, it’s with a sad heart ❤️ but yet with a smile that I share with you my Gratitude and Gratefulness for you and Annie’s friendship throughout these past 16+ years. I loved Annie so much and I was blessed by her to be my Stephens Minister in the times of my great sickness. Annie was not only a friend she was our Angel and dear love here on Earth. Now I bid my farewell, peace and love to you. I’m sorry I had knee replacement surgery and am was unable to attend the visitation and funeral. Love Hugs & Smiled Cindy Rupp

  • Garry Gernandt Posted November 29, 2023 8:40 am

    Deeply sadden when I heard of Anne’s passing. A wonderful person has gotten her wings and now resides in her heavenly home. We no longer have her earthly self, but our hearts will have her forever. Prayers to all.

  • Joseph Mixan Posted November 29, 2023 12:04 pm

    Hi this Joseph mixan deeply saddened to here of aunt Anne’s passing.

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