Cynthia M. Jones

Cynthia M. Jones

January 11, 1947 – July 29, 2021

Omaha, NE-Born Saturday Jan 11, 1947, Portsmouth, Iowa to Leona “Pat” Zangerle. Adopted by John “J.P.” and Helen “Lena” Stein when 4 years old.  Baptized, 1st Communion, Confirmation at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Portsmouth, IA.  Attended County School Cass County #3 through 8th grade.  Graduated from St Mary’s High School.  Married Bill Petsche.  Nov 18, 1965, a son, Michael, was born.  Bill passed away Aug 5, 1966.  Married Alvin Chamberlain who adopted Michael, 2 daughters were born.  Vicki Bonar and Jill Mellott.  Married Fred Jones, her friend and soul mate, June 23, 1990.  They enjoyed traveling, sewing for children and grandchildren. Cindy was known for her cookies and cookie trays delivered to friends and neighbors at Christmas.  She enjoyed baseball, watching the Omaha Royals at Rosenblatt and then the Storm Chasers at Werner Park, but her favorite team was the Los Angeles Dodgers.  She followed her grandson in his baseball career from T-Ball through high school.  She also enjoyed watching her granddaughters play soccer and volleyball.

Fred and Cindy also enjoyed dancing and dancing for Toys for Tots, traveling as far as Tucson, AZ to participate in the program.

She was preceded in death by biological mother, Leona Zangerle-Stein, adopted father and mother, J.P. and Helen Deagas-Stein; stepbrothers, Russell and Richard Stein.  Survived by husband, Fred Jones; children, Michael and Jackie Chamberlain, Vicki and Chad Bonar, Jill and Chris Mellott; stepchildren: Catherine Severson-Jones, Brad Jones, Derek and Michelle Jones; grandchildren: Arlo Selix, Caitlin and Morgan Mellott; stepgrandchildren: Andrew Mantzaris, Anthony and Teresa Severson, Brandy Severson-Valdez, Carter and Dillon Jones, Chad Jr and Chase Bonar; four step-great- grandchildren: Bianca, Carmen, Raena, Layla; very close friends: Don Christenson and Laura Gliess, Bob and Jan Rishoi, Frank Brichacek and Jean Pfifer, Ray Shaar and Linda Miller; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:30pm to 7pm with CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE at 7pm at West Center Chapel.  The family will share some memories at that time.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, August 4th at 10:30am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” Street.  Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or Disabled American Veterans.

To view live broadcasts of the Celebration of Life Service and the Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button.



  • Bob Kleffman Posted July 30, 2021 7:12 pm

    To my former class mate: My condolences to your family. Rest in peace!

  • Douglas Eckrich Posted July 30, 2021 7:17 pm

    Sympathy out to the family of Cynthia Jones prayers 🙏 and hug s to all the family, Douglas Eckrich

  • Don Christensen & Laura Gless Posted July 30, 2021 8:28 pm

    We are heartbroken over the death of our dear friend Cindy! She leaves a legacy of her warmth, beauty, infectious smile & infamous personality! We have so many fond memories of our time together! She will live forever in our minds and hearts! Rest In Peace dear friend!

  • John Sebghati Posted July 30, 2021 9:08 pm

    She was an awesome lady

  • Estelle Blake Posted July 31, 2021 12:31 am

    Sending the family lots of love and thoughts. Knowing how I was welcomed as a family member on my first and only thanksgiving will be a special memory

  • Ron Bruck Posted July 31, 2021 6:35 am

    Cindy as your classmate thank you for the help with challenging subjects through-out high school. Entering the service at 17 years old, your letters were a comfort while being away from home. I last saw you at your brother Russell’s funeral. as I was a member of The Legion Honor Guard and gave you my 3 spent rifle shells. Your lost is panful, but your kind heart will shine down forever.. Thank you for the fond memories.
    Ron Bruck

  • Richard Smith Posted July 31, 2021 8:32 am

    My thoughts and prayers to Cindy’s family. She was a wonderful family friend w/ our family., Sam Smith’s family from Pius, then Stephen the Martyr..
    God bless her.
    Rich Smith

  • Peg Petsche Posted August 1, 2021 12:05 pm

    To the family of Cindy,
    Sincere condolences from me. I am a friend of Connie Juhl and the widow of Neil Petsche, Bill Petsche’s brother. I know Mike and Jackie. I was aware of Cindy’s hard battle with cancer since I prayed for her daily as one of the people on St, Mary’s Portsmouth prayer line. May God bless you all during this sorrowful time. I truly believe in heaven’s happiness and that we will again meet our deceased loved ones.

  • Rhonda Gentzler Harris Posted August 2, 2021 10:36 pm

    I was so sorry to learn of Cindy’s passing. She was a very kind and wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • Lori Zangerle Posted August 3, 2021 9:37 pm sorry that I cannot be there…..I send my deepest sympathy to Mike, Vicki, Jill and Fred

  • Diane Ingersoll Posted August 4, 2021 10:41 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of my dear friend. Rest in peace.

  • Jeanne Pfeifer Posted August 4, 2021 11:20 am

    Cindy was always kind; always thinking of others. In the midst of her own illness, she showed her generosity and care by taking time to make a personalized chemo tote bag for Frank when he was diagnosed with his own cancer in January 2021. That bag full of love, coupled with her friendship, helped both of us make it through chemo. She & I prayed together almost daily and shared encouraging words via texts. I came to love her quickly & she became a dear friend. I will miss her…until we meet again. Fly high dear Cindy…you are definitely one of the good ones.

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