Eleanor Byrne-Engle

Eleanor Byrne-Engle

Eleanor Byrne, nee Engle, age 88, of Brookfield, Ilinois, formerly of Omaha, Nebraska. Beloved wife of the late Joseph C. Byrne; loving mother of Carey (Ernest Newmann) Byrne and the late Eric Byrne; grandmother of Andrew Newmann and Sarah Newmann; sister of the late James (Sharon) Thurman Engle; aunt of Debra Jo Engle, Kerrin (David) Holsteen and Kathryn Engle; cousin of many.

The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, from 9am to 11am at the West Center Chapel, with Funeral Services at 11am.  Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park.

Memorials are suggested and appreciated to: Omaha Central High School Foundation in Memory of Eleanor Byrne; 1111 N. 13th Street, Suite 318, Omaha, NE 68102.

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In Eleanor’s own words:

After University and marrying my wonderful Joe, the next three years were spent surrounded by adorable, funny first-graders as I earned money to put Joe through Creighton Law School.  Next was time spent raising our Eric and Carey.  Eventually I became the Co-Coordinator of Seven Can Help, a Consumer Information and Referral service at KETV, Channel 7, in Omaha.  All that knowledge afforded me many opportunities to be a speaker educating the public about consumer issues.  Many of the calls involved human relation problems and that, along with Joe’s urging me to chat with all his divorce cases, moved me along to acquiring a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  (Then Joe was too busy to accept divorce cases!) 

Along with my private practice as a Mental Health Counselor, I also taught credit and non-credit classes (designed by me) at Metropolitan Community College.  My areas of interest included grief issues, dealing with verbal abuse, and anger management.

In 2004 Joe, who frequently dreamed up strange ideas, declared we were buying an RV and this time he meant it!  We adapted well to being RV’ers and enjoyed that lifestyle for many years until Joe’s health demanded we stop.

Tragedy struck our family in 2005 when our beloved son, Eric, died far away in the Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan.  Our lives drastically changed as we left our friends and home in Omaha to move to the Chicago area to be near our daughter, Carey and her family, including our only two grandchildren.

My current life revolves around keeping in touch with family and friends, enjoying our grandchildren, being a Co-Leader of my Bereaved Parents USA Chapter, training our puppy, Triskit, scrap-booking, gardening, and time spent with Joe.

My best wishes to all,


May, 2021



  • Simpson Wayne Posted July 9, 2023 2:12 pm

    I didn’t know your mom and dad very well but had occasion to enjoy them whenever I saw them. I had a crush on Eleanor as a student at Central H.S. where she sat on a stage overlooking all the study hall desks. Her job was to be in charge of the students in the room, I presume. I happened to sit next to a window that looked out east to the downtown Omaha area. But I looked often at Eleanor and dreamed, too shy to pursue. I told the story to Joe years later and we got a kick out of it. So sorry about the loss of your mother.

  • Mary Lou Hawkins Posted July 9, 2023 6:20 pm

    Your family is one of the most beautiful I have ever witnessed.
    My prayers are with you. May you find solace in knowing the world has benefitted greatlly from your mother and father’s presence in it! With Love

  • Janes m Graddy Posted July 10, 2023 11:14 am

    My family and Mary and I send our heart felt feelings to Eleanor,s family and all who loved her.

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