Colleen K. Street
July 7, 1954 – July 4, 2019
Colleen K. Street went to her Heavenly home on July 4, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She and her husband, John, made their home in Grand Island until recently moving to Omaha.
Colleen was born on July 7, 1954, to Russell and Eleanora Johnson in Columbus, NE. She was raised in Stromsburg, NE where she graduated from High School in 1972. She later received both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in special education from Kearney State College. Her special education teaching career started with Educational Service Unit #9 in Hastings in 1976 working with young adults with developmental disabilities. Colleen later spent the rest of her teaching career with the Grand Island Public Schools/Central Nebraska Support Service Program as a special education teacher and consultant, retiring in 2012.
Colleen will be remembered for her kind and warm heart, never-ending smile, her love of children, family and friends. She is survived by her husband, John of Omaha; children, Andrea and husband Luke Karohl of Omaha, and Kayla and husband Dustin Hunt of East Lansing, Michigan; grandchildren, Eleanora and Layla Karohl, along with many extended family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and by a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, July 12th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 11th from 4pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for distribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Methodist Hospital Foundation-Cancer Care.
Colleen was an avid reader who loved classic rock. In 1979 she was named Outstanding Woman of America-General Federation of Women’s Clubs; and in 1981, Young Woman of Nebraska-Grand Island Business and Professional Women’s Club. A past PTA Board Member, Colleen’s memberships included Nebraska State Education Association (retired) and National Education Association (retired). She was also a past member of Chapter 11 PEO, Grand Island, NE.
Colleen never spoke badly of anyone, and if you were a friend, you were a friend for life. Her grandchildren were everything to her and she found peace spending time at the cabin on Johnson Lake. The consummate teacher, Colleen was caring, loving, and patient with her students, teaching them with enthusiasm and passion.
Throughout her illness, Colleen was an inspiration and example to others as she faced adversity with strength and grace. Always positive and upbeat, she embodied everything that was good, kind, and fun. With her willingness to step outside her comfort zone, she grew to love a dirty gin martini, and she went from liking her steak well done to learning to enjoy it medium rare!