Carolyn J. Malzahn

Carolyn J. Malzahn

September 30, 1943 – October 20, 2022

Carolyn J. Malzahn, 79 years old, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2022, in Omaha, NE.  A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, October 27th at 2:00 pm at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuary West Center Chapel in Omaha, NE, with Pastor Shawn Kitzing officiating. Friends and family are invited to join the family after the service for a small reception.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Staplehurst, NE. Carolyn enjoyed the online services of Pastor Shawn Kitzing for several years as her mobility became limited.  To view a live broadcast of the Celebration of Life, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Carolyn Joyce Malzahn, daughter of Marion “Bud” and Edna (Wolfe) Gulden was born on September 30, 1943 in Kearney, NE. Carolyn had one brother, Darryn Gulden.  On February 2, 1964 Carolyn was united in marriage to Leon Malzahn in Lexington, NE. They lived in the Lexington and Johnson Lake area for the majority of their lives, later moving to Omaha, NE.

Carolyn attended Clarkson College in Omaha before starting her career working for Tri County Hospital in Lexington, NE, specifically the HR department. Many lifelong friends were made while working there. After retirement, Carolyn enjoyed traveling across the country and spending several winters in Florida.

Carolyn’s greatest pride and joy were her kids, grandkids, and then great-grandkids. She celebrated all their successes and was their biggest prayer supporter. She enjoyed visiting with everyone and became a master of all social media. She shared her love of Johnson Lake with all the grandkids who learned to swim, ski, jet-ski, and fish there. Many memories were created in the kitchen with grandma cooking everyone’s favorites. She could be counted on to always keep frozen snickers in the freezer as a special treat.

Survivors include two children, Monte (Sarah) Malzahn and Lynnette (Paul) Taylor; seven grandchildren: Allyson (Matt) Benzel, Ethan (Lauren) Malzahn, Madison (Mitch) Wilkinson, Kaitlyn (Daniel) Droll, Amelia (Gerrit) Bernink, Isabella Taylor, and Alexandra Taylor; six great-grandchildren: Addyson, Jack, and Noah Benzel, Brooks Malzahn, Sophia Droll, and Baby Wilkinson due in May; nieces and nephews: Pam (Mike) Abbott, Kristy (Jerry) Acton, Robin (Rod) Ford, Penny (Shayne) Hite, Mike Bonine, Kristi Beers, Diane (Rich) Neal, and Mark (Dani) Bonine; many grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leon; her parents, Marion and Edna Gulden; brother and sister in law, Darryn and Jan Gulden; in-laws, Edward and Helen Malzahn; sister-in-law, Marlene Bonine; and niece, Heidi Bonine.

Special thanks to her caregiver Michelle, her extended family, and neighbors all who enabled her to stay in her home the last few years.  Love and Hugs to all.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, October 27, 2022, 2:00PM, at West Center Chapel. To view a live broadcast of the celebration of life, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Staplehurst. Carolyn enjoyed Pastor Kitzing’s online services for several years as her mobility became limited.


  • Sherilyn Ward Posted October 24, 2022 5:19 pm

    Sorry about Carolyn Passing, many memories

  • June Wengert Posted October 24, 2022 5:48 pm

    May God bless all the family, nay you find peace in knowing Carolyn will be watching over you all

  • Roger R Batt and Sherry Posted October 24, 2022 6:11 pm

    So sorry!!!!!!!! Carolyn was a great friend and a great lady.

  • Michelle Todd Posted October 24, 2022 6:27 pm

    So sorry to hear this about your mom. She was such a kind hearted person . Thinking of your family’s during this time. May your memories be treasured.

  • JoAnn Wiesedeppe Posted October 24, 2022 6:35 pm

    Love and deepest sympathy.

  • Steph Christensen Posted October 24, 2022 7:31 pm

    Carolyn was one of the kindest and sweetest ladies I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. She is most definitely in God’s loving arms. Condolences to her family..

  • Don and Lynn Droll Posted October 24, 2022 7:39 pm

    Our sincere and deepest condolences to the entire family.

  • Linda Pfeifer Dodds Posted October 24, 2022 8:19 pm

    I grew up in Lexington and Carolyn was my favorite babysitter when she was in high school. Over the last several years, we became good friends as adults and spoke often on the phone. She was a wonderful, fun lady and I’ll miss her very much. You all have my sincerest sympathy.

  • Cindy Elwell (Morgan) Posted October 25, 2022 3:36 am

    Carolyn was my favorite Saturday morning babysitter growing up in Lexington ,Ne. She and her mom and dad and brother lived a few houses from us my mom got her into Clarkson School of Nursing. She was a great person to be around you were blessed with a great person.

  • Terri Casper Posted October 25, 2022 9:09 am

    Prayers for the family. Carolyn always had a smile and an encouraging word. She will be missed!

  • Denny and Pat. Samway Posted October 25, 2022 2:53 pm

    So sorry for your lass….. she was a great person

  • Brenda (Debban) Wolf Posted October 26, 2022 4:29 pm

    Monte , Lynnette and your families. My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. She was so kind. I remember baby sitting you both on Polk street .Was always nice to babysitting ya’s! . When your folks went out!

  • Dave and Kathy Volkman Posted October 26, 2022 8:17 pm

    So sorry to hear this news. Carolyn will be remembered fondly for her bright smile and caring about her family.

  • Lenore Pokorny. Posted October 27, 2022 5:58 pm

    I have only known Carolyn for the last four or five years but she was my favorite neighbor and a very good friend. I loved talking to her and we texted often. She just couldn’t talk enough about her kids grandkids and great grandkids. She was so proud of all of you! I loved this gal as if she was my own sister.
    Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. I was so sorry I was unable to attend the services today. May Carolyn rest in peace with her beloved Leon!

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