Annette Pape Kelleher
December 28, 1943 – May 28, 2021
Preceded in death by parents, Stephan and Anna Pape; sisters, Regina McCarty and Dolores Wunn; brother, Leander Pape.
Survived by husband, Patrick J. Kelleher; daughters, Lisa Anne Kelleher and Keri Marie Kelleher; sisters, Theresa McCarty and Mary Pape; brothers, Rudolph Pape (Marian) and Anthony Pape (Marlene); numerous nieces and nephews.
VIGIL SERVICE: Tuesday, June 1st, 7pm at the West Center Chapel with family receiving friends from 5pm to 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, June 2nd, 10:30am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (11802 Pacific Street). Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, the Institute of Apostolic Oblates in Elkhorn, or ABLAZE Worship.
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Annette, the last of eight children, was born on December 28, 1943, in Tacoma, Washington where her father had gone to obtain work in the shipyards during World War II. Her parents, Stephan and Anna Pape, had emigrated to the United States as a young couple and had lived first in South Dakota, then, after Washington, moved to Sheldon, Iowa where her father opened a welding business.
Annette graduated from Sheldon High School and later from Creighton University. She taught school at South High in Omaha and in Burlington, Iowa. A career in real estate and as a State Farm Insurance agent followed later. Annette taught home-buying classes at Creighton University and insurance classes at Metro Tech.
Patrick Kelleher and Annette were married on July 6, 1968. They became parents to two daughters, Lisa and Keri.
Annette’s dream was to travel—and did she travel—to Paris, Ireland, Vienna, Rome, and western Europe with Patrick. Trips to Colorado with Patrick, and Lisa and Keri as children, were taken. Later many more trips were made to Rome to visit her cousin, Fr. Basil Heiser, OFM Conv., with various friends or relatives. Pilgrimages from St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Churches were made to many holy sites, including the Holy Land. Lisa, Patrick, and Annette also made annual trips to California and Colorado to visit relatives.
Annette loved her Catholic faith and was so grateful to her parents who had brought the precious gift from Germany. Annette remembers her mother quoting the scripture verse, “What does it profit one if he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his soul?”
Special thanks to special niece, Debbie Bode, who was a caregiver.