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 www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.