Emily Ann Demmel
April 16, 1931 – March 2, 2022
Age 90. Preceded in death by her husband, Lester Demmel. Survived by her three children, Doug (Karen) of Thornton, CO, Jim (Veronica) of East Peoria, IL, and Tom (Diane) of Leawood, KS, along with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
VISITATON: Friday, March 11th from 4pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, March 12th at 10am at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church, 1110 S. 90th St., with Nurse Tribute by Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard. Interment: Saturday, March 12th, 2pm at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Norfolk, NE.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Pacific Hills Lutheran Church Building Fund.
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Emily Ann Demmel, a native of Norfolk, NE, and a resident of Omaha, passed away peacefully on March 2nd of natural causes. Her sons, Jim and Tom, were at her side. Emily would have celebrated her 91st birthday in April.
Emily was born on April 16, 1931 in Norfolk. She was the third of four children born to Mildred (Sar) and Victor Weidner. She was baptized at, and attended, First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk. Emily graduated from Norfolk High School in 1949. She attended Norfolk Junior College for one year, where she met her future husband, Lester. She subsequently transferred to the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, where she graduated in 1953. She started her nursing career at Lutheran Hospital in Norfolk.
Lester and Emily were married on May 9, 1954, in Norfolk. While Lester was stationed in San Diego with the Navy, Emily worked as a nurse for a cardiologist and a general practitioner in San Diego. After Lester’s discharge from the Navy, they returned to Nebraska where Emily worked at Lincoln General Hospital as a surgical nurse, and then at Methodist Hospital in Omaha until her first son, Doug, was born in 1957. Emily was a fulltime home maker and mother to her three sons from 1957 to 1982. After 25 years, she returned to nursing at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha before retiring.
Emily was passionate about her family and her faith. She and Lester were members of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha since 1966. Independence Day was one of Emily’s favorite days of the year and demonstrated her dedication to family. An annual Demmel family reunion began in 1973 and was hosted by Lester and Emily at their home for many years. That family tradition continued through 2021. While raising her three sons, Emily made breakfast every morning for the boys and sent them off to school with the same sendoff each morning, “learn lots and lots today!”
Emily enjoyed keeping score for her boys’ baseball games while Lester coached their teams. She also enjoyed baking (her chocolate chip and sugar cookies were the best), needlepoint, knitting, playing bridge, walking, and her and Lester’s membership at the German-American Club in Omaha. Emily was a huge Husker football and volleyball fan.
In retirement, Emily and Lester enjoyed traveling. Their travels included visits to the Holy Land, including Israel and Jordan; Asia, including Thailand and Cambodia; Europe, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, and England; South America, including Chile and Argentina; Australia, and New Zealand, and, closer to home, Bermuda, Canada, Hawaii and Alaska.
Emily was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, along with her parents, brothers Bob and Dick, and sister Carole. She is survived by her three children, Doug (Karen) of Thornton, CO, Jim (Veronica) of East Peoria, IL, and Tom (Diane) of Leawood, KS, along with her seven grandchildren: Jordan (Spencer) Shute of Whitman, MA, Morgan (Ben) Goethel of Omaha, NE, Celeste (Hugo) Garcia of Chicago, IL, Luke (Julianne) of Washington, IL, Kaylin of Norwalk, CT, Jared of Overland Park, KS, and Jenna of Leawood, KS, along with four great grandchildren (Winnie, Adán, Asa and Thalía).