Ellen Rose Babb
January 15, 1932 – June 18, 2023
Ellen Rose Babb was born on a farm near Howells, Nebraska on January 15, 1932, to Henry and Minnie (Peitzmeier) Busch. She attended country schools and graduated from Howells High School in 1949. Upon graduation, she received her teaching certificate and began teaching in one-room schools.
At 20, she moved to Omaha to attend Creighton University. While in school a nun who was a family friend asked her to teach at Our Lady of Lourdes School where she taught for four years as the first lay teacher at the school. During this time she met William Babb (Bill) through mutual friends and they were married on July 21, 1956. She had stopped teaching while her children were young but started teaching part-time at St. Thomas More School in 1966. While teaching there, she went back to college at UNO to complete her degree. She began teaching kindergarten at Fontenelle Elementary and was there for 20 years. Upon retirement, she substitute taught at Catholic schools until she was 79. She also taught CCD classes at Holy Cross Grade School for many years.
She was an active member of Holy Cross Church. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends during her retirement. She also was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles and playing pinochle. But what she enjoyed most was gatherings with her children and grandchildren.
She moved to Aksarben Senior Living in March 2018 where she enjoyed socializing with the other residents and participating in activities. She spent her last few weeks being cared for at Hillcrest Country Estates.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her children: Susan Hawkins (Mike), Carol Latka (Bill), Joan Hug (Dan), Mary Ellen Babb, Donna McColley (Dave), Gail Kotulak (Jay) and Tom Babb (Beth) all of Omaha; fourteen grandchildren: Meg Peters (Chris), Chip Latka, Ben Latka (Lauren), Jon Latka, Stacy, Sarah and Renee Hug, Brenden Babb, Audra and Talia Horne, Erika McColley, Mitch McColley (Rachelle), Joe Kotulak (Bree) and Jen Molinaro (Aaron); two step grandchildren: Jill Mrsny and Sara Peterson (Jason); nine great grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two step great great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Seckman (Jack); sisters-in-law Patricia Lagemann (Bob) and Karen Babb; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
VISITATION: Thursday, June 22, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30p.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska. followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7:30 p.m. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, June 23, at 11:00am, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.