Diane Louise (O’Donnell) Nyberg

Diane Louise (O’Donnell) Nyberg

May 29, 1953 – May 13, 2023

Diane was born May 29, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska to Danny and Mary Kay O’Donnell. As little sister to big brother Steve, she was their oldest daughter, and more siblings were to follow. She grew up in a great big Irish Catholic family surrounded by more aunts, uncles, and cousins than one can count.

Diane attended Holy Angels grade school after moving on to Notre Dame High School for freshman year. She then transferred to Paul VI High School where she graduated. Growing up, she met her oldest and dearest friend, Sheri (Diederich) Carter, with whom she remained close friends with until the end of her life.

Diane married Walt Zezulak in 1972. While they ultimately divorced, Diane and Walt share 2 children who grew up in a loving home with a stay-at-home mom.

Later in life, Diane met and married Russ Nyberg. Together, they traveled the world enjoying sights, shopping, food, life, and love together. They were by each other’s side until Russ’s untimely passing in 2013.

Diane was a loving grandmother and truly enjoyed watching all her grandchildren grow and hearing about their accomplishments.

Diane is survived by her daughter, Michelle Zezulak; son, Martin Zezulak; granddaughters, Kaylee Davis, Serena Zezulak; bonus children and grandsons: Lea (Daryl) and sons, Connor and Aric Hilyard, and Jeremy Nyberg; siblings: Steve (Chris) O’Donnell, Barb (Bob) McCann, Pat O’Donnell and Tim (Teresa) O’Donnell; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Diane is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Russ Nyberg; her cherished granddaughter, Kirsten Davis; her loving parents, Danny and Mary Kay O’Donnell; her blessed brother, Bro. Paul O’Donnell.

The Family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at West Center Chapel, followed by a Vigil service at 6:00 pm.

A private Zezulak/O’Donnell/Nyberg family funeral will take place Wednesday May 24, 2023, beginning at 10:30 am.

Memorials may be directed to the family.



  • Aldrin Garcia Posted May 19, 2023 11:36 am

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May the memories of your loved one bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  • Deborah Dwyet Posted May 19, 2023 12:52 pm

    My heart goes out to all of you. We at Raven loved both Russ and Diane very much. She talked about her kids and grandkids often with great pride and love..

  • Ted Morbach Posted May 19, 2023 5:02 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Although Diane has gone to be her heavenly family, we can continue to celebrate her contributions here at home. God be with you and may he grant eternal life to you and your family.

  • Terrence R Morbach Posted May 20, 2023 6:07 am

    I shall always remember my cousin Diane has a very loving and vivacious individual but sadden over her death. But she now sees the Lord face to face which reminds me that our grief is temporary and that one day we will be reunited with our loved ones in a place without death, crying, or sorrow.

  • Bill Emsick Posted May 20, 2023 8:23 am

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Since here in the news this week I’ve been keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Paula Darnold Posted May 20, 2023 9:01 am

    Michelle Martin and Family I am sending a lot of prayers and hugs to you, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was very sweet and loving! Hugs and prayers to all of you

  • Stephen Hermanek Posted May 20, 2023 2:03 pm

    My sincere condolences to my cousin Steve and Chris and your family. You are in my prayers.

  • Debra diederich Posted May 21, 2023 11:28 am

    You will be missed my sister you was sush a lite in my world until we meet again.

  • Pstty Engler Benesch Posted May 23, 2023 1:08 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family. Keep all the memories close and make many new ones. Keep a smile on your face, love in your heart, and. may God always be with you!

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