Eileen Marie (Berning) Annin

Eileen Marie (Berning) Annin

June 25, 1934 – March 18, 2021

Preceded in death by brother, Dennis Berning; twin sister, Irene Christensen.  Survived by husband, Thomas A. Annin; children: Gerald Annin (Nikki), Kathleen (Annin) Warren (Shane), and Jeffrey Annin (Mandy); ten grandchildren; sisters, Beverley Neubaum, Sharilyn Kawa (Larry).

VISITATION with CDC guidelines: Monday, March 22nd at 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, March 23rd at 10am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3122 S. 74th Street.  Entombment: Calvary Mausoleum.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click on the “View Live Cast “ button on our home page.


Eileen Marie (Berning) Annin was born on June 25, 1934 along with her twin sister, Irene Marie, to Nicholas and Agnes Anna (Kerschen) Berning in Marienthal, Kansas.  She passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. Eileen grew up on a farm and graduated from Wichita County High School in Leoti, Kansas in 1952.

In 1956, she earned a degree in Business from Creighton University in Omaha and worked as an account manager at Northern Natural Gas for 15 years.  While raising her family, she volunteered in the office of the President at Creighton Preparatory School and at St. Joan of Arc School. Then she spent many years as the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Parish Secretary and was instrumental in the pilot project for computerizing records at the parish.

Eileen met her husband, Thomas Anthony Annin, on the bowling team for the LaSalle Club.  They married on June 20, 1970.  Her children include twins, Gerald Annin (Nikki) and Kathleen  Warren (Shane), and Jeffrey Annin (Mandy).  She was blessed with ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild due in April.  Tom and Eileen celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in June 2020.

She was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, the Ladies Guild, the Red Hat Society, and the right-hand to Tom as the Navigator of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.  A devout Catholic, Eileen also served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.  She loved her children, grandchildren, and dogs, Marvin and Fluffy.  She was an amazing cook and gift-giver.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Irene Christensen; brother, Dennis Berning (Jean); and brother-in-law, Edward Neubaum.  She is survived by her children; grandchildren; sisters, Beverley Neubaum and Sharilyn Kawa ((Lawrence); brother-in-law, Lester Christensen; and many nieces and nephews.

A heartfelt thank you to all the caregivers who aided Eileen and Tom over the past eight years.




  • Lois Lee Kerschen Posted March 19, 2021 4:01 pm

    With loving memories of Eileen and all the Berning family, we share in your sorrow. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.

  • Kerry & Tonia Lewis Posted March 20, 2021 2:31 pm

    My deepest sorrows and prayers go out to the Berning and Annin family.

  • JOANNE AND ART ABEL Posted March 21, 2021 9:37 am

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you. May the angels welcome Eileen into our Father’s presence. May the promise of the Resurrection bring you peace and comfort.

  • Ron Kershen Posted March 21, 2021 9:55 am

    Prayers for the family. Wish I could be there.

  • Patrice Keller Posted March 21, 2021 2:19 pm

    Eileen was a faithful, active member of our Omaha area Delta Zeta Alumnae group for many years. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Kaye Kershen Villalba Posted March 23, 2021 8:57 am

    Sincere Sympathy to Eileen’s family . my thoughts and prayers are with you RIP Eileen.

  • Allison Barnes Posted March 23, 2021 10:53 am

    Sympathy and love to Eileen’s family. The live stream of this morning’s mass was a comfort.

  • Mary Sherman Posted March 23, 2021 12:12 pm

    Mom, Ken, and I send our love and prayers to Tom, Gerald, Kathleen, Jeffrey and Eileen’s grandchildren, and to Beverly and Shari. and their families. We have many fond memories of Eileen and especially treasure that last visit we had with her, Irene, Beverly and Shari at Mom’s house before Mom developed dementia. We are with all of your wonderful family in spirit today. Aunt Margie, Mary, and Ken

  • Jeffrey Annin Posted March 24, 2021 7:48 pm

    Thank you for your kind words. Our family deeply appreciates it.

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