Beverly Jean Bruce (Micek)

Beverly Jean Bruce (Micek)

July 27, 1933 – March 31, 2024

Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Micek; father, Edward Micek; stepmother, Celeste Micek; and infant son. She is survived by her children: Ed Karnish, Linda Karnish, John Karnish (Chris), Kim Charleston (Bob), Mike Karnish (Deb), and Jennilyn Narke (Mark); brothers, Edward Micek (Pat) and Michael Micek (Diane); fourteen grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren.

Our loving mother Beverly Jean Bruce (Karnish) peacefully passed away in her home on Easter Sunday morning. Beverly was 90 years old, and she had lived a full and blessed life. She was born in Omaha and grew up in Saint Stanislaus Parish. Her mother passed away in their home when Beverly was very young. She spent much of her childhood with her grandparents, aunts, and uncles, whom she thought of as siblings.

Beverly’s dad would travel for work. During his travels, he came across a hardware store in Schleswig, Iowa where he met Celeste. Soon after he started to date Celeste. Celeste lived in Schleswig and helped in her dad’s hardware store. Beverly’s dad took her up every other weekend. She loved it and all of the friends she made! She even made the Schleswig newspaper! Beverly had a Schleswig boyfriend and the paper asked him if the girls in Schleswig weren’t good enough for him! Soon after, her dad married Celeste and they moved to 42nd and L St. in Omaha. She attended Saint Stanislaus grade school. In sixth grade, she transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes and attended Saint Mary’s for high school. She had a group of friends that called themselves the “eight giggling glamor girls”. She shared many memories with them throughout high school and into their adult lives. She met her first husband, Edward Karnish, and they had six children together (the oldest passed away at two days old).

In 1971, she married Donald Bruce and they had one child together. He soon passed away in 1973. Beverly then raised her six living children on her own. Family, friends, and her strong faith supported her through this journey. The kids attended Saint Bernard’s Parish, Beverly loved and protected her children with all that she had. She worked at her parent’s bar, the Treehouse, for many years, and her final career ended at Baker’s supermarket in the bakery at 90th and Fort. Beverly found joy in serving customers for 30+ years at Baker’s! She made many friends along the way! Her other passions included nurturing her unwavering Catholic faith by attending daily mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann’s Catholic Church. She prioritized spending quality time with her loved ones, especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed her yearly trips to Las Vegas with her children and grandchildren. She always wanted everyone to be laughing and having a good time! Beverly blessed her family with so many memories they will cherish for the rest of their lives. She will be greatly missed.

VISITATION: Sunday, April 7th, 3 to 5pm., followed by VIGIL at 5pm., at West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Monday, April 8th, 10:30 am., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 5419 N. 114th St.

Interment, Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, please visit and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

1 Condolence

  • Theresa Karnish Posted April 3, 2024 6:01 am

    My Deepest Sympathy to all the family, Bev was a wonderful person, she will be missed.

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