Betty A. Salistean

Betty A. Salistean

September 28, 1926 – June 20, 2020

Preceded in death by husband, John T. Salistean, CDR, USN (Ret); sister, Mary Horsak; brother, Charles Drapalik Jr.

Survived by children: Susan Rabb (Rich), John C. Salistean (Kim), Elizabeth Cannon (Bruce), Sally Cohen (Gary); nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren

A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be announced at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Henry Doorly Zoo or the Sokol Camp Association

“Reap success and give lots of love.  More importantly, thank God for the journey.”


  • Candy Woolverton Posted June 20, 2020 2:18 pm

    Aunt Bet always spoiled me with special gifts. I shall miss her across the miles and the years!

    • Susan Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:00 am

      Thank you Candy for your support at this time. We were blessed to have our wonderful parents, aunts and uncles. We will stay connected for sure.

  • Tony & Denise Maryanski Family Posted June 20, 2020 5:44 pm

    Tonight we watch the hummingbirds feed on the trumpet vine flowers, just one of the lovely plants in our yard shared from Aunt Betty’s garden. Her passion for her garden, the zoo animals, decorating, gourmet cooking, and entertaining were legendary. Her first passion though was her family…she dearly loved them all. Sending our deepest sympathy, good thoughts, and continued prayers to our cousins.

    • Susan Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:06 am

      Thank you for your support. Hopefully you can take a trumpet vine with you to your new home. For all to read, yes her passion for gardening, the zoo, decorating, and entertaining will continue to be an inspiration to us all. Your prayers and love are sustaining at this time. Love always.

  • Bobbi DeNaeyer Posted June 21, 2020 5:46 pm

    Liz and all, so sorry to heat of the loss of Betty. I have fond memories of times spent with your family.

    • Susan Salistean Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:18 am

      As children, we knew our father would go hunting to THE RANCH in the Sandhills once a year. I always wanted to go with but children were not allowed . But thank you and your entire family for connecting with my mother and us over the years. Thank you for your condolences.

  • Susanna Von Essen Posted June 22, 2020 10:54 am

    On behalf of Sunset Hills Garden Club, of which Betty was a long time and highly respected member, I want to express our condolences to her family. She will be missed by her garden club friends.

    • Susan Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:13 am

      The Sunset Hills Garden Club met in our house even when I was a child. Or if I asked about the name of a plant, she would always reference the Club meetings and her Garden Club friends. The plant sale was held on her driveway some years and when it moved to Williams Street, it was very important for her to donate plants for the sale and to get her tomato plants from the sale. I have followed her example to be a member of the garden club in my neighborhood to promote beautiful yards and maintain our common areas. Thank you all for making Sunset Hills a special neighborhood.

  • Jeff dasovich Posted June 22, 2020 12:45 pm

    I’ve got it over on all of you. When I was really young Uncle John and Aunt Betty took me to an Omaha Knights hockey game at Ak Sar Ben. My father, sweet Lou, was actually playing as a fill =in for the Omaha team. Uncle John , I remember , pranced around the coliseum with this good lookin’ chick like the true sailor he was. My mother used to say that when Aunt Betty came to South Omaha to visiit the family the property values of the entire neighborhood increased 25%. RIP!

    • Susan Salistean Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:27 am

      You have the vantage point of being witness to that moment that must have been so magical for them all. I would think my Aunt Lucille was correct but Betty would demur in her sweet way. We must preserve our memories to inspire ourselves and the next generation going forward. Thank you.

  • Sharon (Hendrickson) Roberts Posted June 25, 2020 8:30 am

    Dearest Betty,
    I always thought of you as the Master Gardener as you always were an inspiration to me when we lived across Pierce St. and I lived elsewhere.
    Your smile was contagious and I thought and always will think the world of you.

    • Susan Salistean Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:34 am

      Sunset Hills is a good neighborhood and the Pierce Street corner has always been the best place to call home. Connecting to others through gardening is so special and creates an anchor over time. Thank you for your condolences.

  • Debbie and Doug Mendick Posted June 26, 2020 8:02 am

    Betty was such a sweet lady. Will never forget the day at the cabin when Doug gave her a accordion and her and him sat at the picnic table and played. Prayers to your family

    • Susan Salistean Rabb Posted June 26, 2020 10:40 am

      Her parents, her sister Mary and her brother Charles all grew up at Sokol Hall on 13th and Martha and as the cabins were built at Sokol Camp the tradition of Polka Music was important to the family. Betty did play the piano and accordion and that was so special for Doug share that with her a few years ago. Thank you for your prayers and keeping the music traditions going forward.

  • Nanci L Salistean Posted July 6, 2020 5:57 am

    Aunt Betty was the sweet and sophisticated “Auntie” in the Salistean family. She had an infectious smile and always a kind word. She entertained beautifully and one memory I will always have of her is at a dinner when she served Artichokes. We ( my siblings and I) had never had artichokes before and she taught us how to pull out the leaves, scrape of the meaty part, and dip them in a butter sauce. Every time I have had artichokes thereafter, I remember my sweet Aunt Betty. R.I.P.

  • Cindy Lienemsnn Rose Posted October 9, 2020 2:24 pm

    Oh my, I will so miss my dear friend Betty. We lived in Sunset Hills not far from one another. She used to take her little black dog for daily walks and stop to chat with me if I was out front of my home.
    I loved her so and we shared many fun times together chatting, having dinner together, working in her back yard garden, playing games with her and her neighbor Marilyn V.

    She was a gem and such a delightful lady. I will always cherish our times together and my very fond memories of her. Until we meet again Betty, I bid you adieu for now.

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