Bette L. Bremser
March 3, 1921 – November 7, 2021
Preceded in death by husband, Lyell Bremser; daughters: Kathy Petersen, Sue Mackiewicz, and Mary Beth “Betsy” Bremser; son, David Bremser; grandchildren: Jeff Petersen, Andrew Petersen, and Douglas Mackiewicz; sons-in-law, Jack Petersen and Alan Mackiewicz; and sister, Marilyn Traynor. She is survived by grandson, James Mackiewicz; granddaughter, Beth Morrissette (Jeff); great-grandson, Eddie Morrissette; sister, Jan Meeboer; brother, Johnny Lehan (Helen); many nieces and nephews and good friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation either to Lyell Bremser Memorial Scholarship at Christ the King Church, Omaha: ctkomaha.org; or to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Foundation–Lyell Bremser Memorial Scholarship Fund: htttps://secure.nufoundation.org/give?fundid=01043770&sitename&_ga=2.151417977.1912121120.1636387640-579099539.1636387640&fbclid=lwAR3MEg4s_hUXD0S013jmbUjK_OILqXaD7AKvW51x0KGBTWpALTvirTM8Y. The Scholarship Fund at Christ the King Church, www.ctkomaha.org/bremserscholarship, will support the education of an elementary student at Christ the King School. The Memorial Fund at UNL will support the scholarship program for journalism students.
VISITATION AND FUNERAL MASS for Bette will be combined with same for Alan Mackiewicz on Saturday, Nov. 13th at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th Street: JOINT VISITATION for Bette and Alan at 10am followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery.
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Bette was a grand woman and brightened every room she entered. Her warmth and openness led people to quip that she could have a 30-minute conversation with a wrong number. Everyone loved to spend time with Bette.
She married at an early age to a young man from Dow City. They were madly in love and moved to Lincoln, and Omaha, and eventually to a small town in Arizona. Their family grew by four children and Bette was an amazing wife and mother. She and Lyell lost their first child in 1963 and she would eventually outlive them all. Bette had a strong faith and believed everything happened for a reason, even through the hardships in her life.
When Bette wasn’t taking care of the family or being Lyell’s good luck charm at the football games, she loved to travel. Explore is a better word, as she would go “tooling” around to antique stores in small towns or take any chance she got to enjoy the attractions of a new city. She would go to Husker games with her husband, take her daughters on small trips, and even bring the grandkids along on her adventures.
Bette was always generous and humble. She would help her friends with large and small needs, and she couldn’t say no to a good cause. She also loved to cook. She would read cookbooks as a hobby and was still baking most of her life. And, once the sun went down, the Canadian Club was poured, and a Salem Slim was lit. Her life was long and wonderful, and we are all better for having known her.