Christopher Joseph Engelbert

Christopher Joseph Engelbert

March 8, 1971 – January 1, 2021

Christopher Joseph Engelbert was born on March 8, 1971, in Omaha, Nebraska. Chris is survived by his wife, Dana; daughters, Emma and Zoe; parents, Joe and Judy Engelbert; brother, Brian Engelbert (Daniella); sisters, Kimberly Gates (Lonnie), Kelly Haskell (Paul); grandmother, Eddy Pinger; mother-in-law, Julia Hayworth; father-in-law, Danny Berg (Nancy); many in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Chris attended St Robert Bellarmine School and Creighton Prep High School. Chris and Dana met while both attending University of Nebraska at Omaha and were married in 1996.  Chris worked at TD Ameritrade for 21 years.

Chris loved Husker football, soccer, his Harley Davidson motorcycle, Golden Tee, and beach vacations. His greatest pride and joy were his family.

Chris was diagnosed with olfactory neuroblastoma in 2004. He had many recurrences over 16 years, but Chris never complained and kept fighting with courage, dignity, and hope. Chris passed away on January 1, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

VISITATION: Thursday, January 7th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  VIGIL SERVICE to begin at 7:00 pm.  CDC guidelines to be followed.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, January 8th at 11:00 am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  INTERNMENT, Forest Lawn Cemetery. CDC guidelines to be followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Nebraska Cancer Specialists Hope Foundation.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service Mass, and Graveside, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


  • Mary Pinger Posted January 5, 2021 11:59 am

    You know how this breaks all of our hearts! However, Chris was an example of what it was to be a true fighter, and to always have faith and to never give up! He was a true example to the rest of us! Rest In Peace Chris! You fought the battle so valiantly and now you can just take a rest and look over the rest of us down here. How comforting to know we have that special saint praying for us and watching over us and giving us your special smile and love!

  • Eric C Hahn Posted January 5, 2021 12:07 pm

    I remember Chris very well – seemed just like months ago we attended Prep and carpooled together! He was always in a good mood and a great person. It’s hard to find words that make sense or convey the thoughts and feelings at this time of grief. Just know Chris made an impact on numerous people and we will always remember him!
    I lost my best friend to cancer in 1995 when he was only 25 years old. Chris was 49 and this is too young! I donate to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and encourage everyone to PLEASE donate to your favorite cancer foundation!
    Our deepest condolences to your entire family!
    Eric, Shawna, and Lauren Hahn

  • Jennifer Farnham Posted January 5, 2021 12:18 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Chris’s passing . Your entire family are in my prayers . May Chris be at peace .

  • Brian Cripe Posted January 5, 2021 12:24 pm

    Blessings to Chris and family.

  • Travis Thatcher Posted January 5, 2021 3:00 pm

    Dana, Emma and Zoe – I can’t adequately express how much my friendship with Chris over the last couple of decades has meant to me. However, I can absolutely say how much each of you meant to him. During all of our road trips, he constantly shared how grateful he was for the love of his wife, and how proud he was of his daughters. I look forward to the day when I can make it back to Omaha and tell you some of the stories from our rides, face-to-face. May perpetual light shine on Chris, and may you all find comfort in your love for each other. TTT

  • John Kuhry Posted January 5, 2021 4:39 pm

    I remember Chris growing up as we attended St. Roberts and Creighton Prep together. Although I was never close with Chris he always struck me as someone who had such a positive attitude and always had kind words for those around him. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family including Brian, I am so sorry for your loss!

  • Marcia Martys Posted January 5, 2021 8:03 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time….

    Love and prayers…

    Sean and Marcia Martys/ Columbus, NE

  • Aini ja Raimo Louko Posted January 6, 2021 3:10 am

    Dear Dana, Emma and Zoe ,

    It is with great sadness we receive the news of Chris passing away. We offer our sincere condolences to you and to your family. We did not have a change to spend a lot of time with Chris but the time we did spend with him gave us a strong impression of a dedicated and loving husband and father.

    We share the deep feeling of loss and sorrow with you, Emma and Zoe. We are thousands of miles away but our thoughts are with you during this this difficult time. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Warmest regards,

    Aini and Raimo Louko

  • Jeanne Nesler Posted January 6, 2021 3:36 am

    Prayers and hugs to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Patty Hover Posted January 6, 2021 1:25 pm

    Our Condolences to your family and friends.

  • Larry Zahm Posted January 6, 2021 10:03 pm

    Mr. & Mrs Engelbert, Brian, & Kim, My sympathy to you at this sad time in your lives. I remember Chris being such a kind young man, serious & fun loving. He was focused on learning, set high standards for himself, & worked hard to be a good student. Dana & Emma & Zoe my sympathy to you as well. I am sure he was a good husband & father to you. I hope all your memories of Chris as a son, brother, husband, & father will carry you through this time of sorrow. God’s blessings on you.

  • Angela Cutler Posted January 7, 2021 8:44 am

    Dana & family,
    My heart and prayers are with all of you with the loss of Chris.
    I am so sorry and will continue to pray for peace and comfort.

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  • Kathy Smith Posted January 7, 2021 6:19 pm

    We sure are going to miss Chris. Love to you all

  • Dawn M McIntosh Posted January 7, 2021 8:41 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. He sounded like an inspiration to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mike Kelly Posted January 7, 2021 11:51 pm

    Prayers and sympathy to Joe and Judy, to Chris’ wife and children and to all in the Engelbert family. Barb and I were so sorry to read of his illness and his death.

  • Burkhard Schlüter Posted January 8, 2021 5:10 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Christopher, my cousin second grade. I met him the first time in 1975 aß a little boy during my first visit at aunt Antonie and Joe Engelberts house in Humphrey coming from Germany. I will pray for him and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with Joe and Judy – you are in my mind. Love Burkhard

  • Kalan (Malone) Clark Posted January 14, 2021 9:28 am

    To Joe, Judy, Kim and the entire Engelbert family touched by this loss; may you be lifted up and comforted by the warm embrace of your faith in this time. Your family has always been such a bright light, a shining example of how to walk in the love of Christ. May He and all of the heavenly host pour that love back down upon you now.
    Warmest regards,
    Kalan (Malone) Clark

  • Andrew Lawrence Posted May 22, 2021 3:12 pm

    I am saddened to just now learn of Chris’ passing. I knew Chris from the professional association my company had with him at TD Ameritrade. We were half a continent apart, New York to Omaha, and to us he was always open, straightforward and, again, professional. On a personal level, he was smart, informed and clearheaded. Condolences to his family.

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