Francene Denise Buda

Francene Denise Buda

January 6, 1949 – November 12, 2022

She is survived by her daughters: Amy Beth Tarvin (David) and Andrea Marie Young.   Loved and affectionately called “Noni” by her grandchildren: Joseph, Bethany, Zachary, Noah, Thomas, Anna Tarvin, and Lorelei and Lily Clark.  She is also survived by her brother and his wife, Tony and Kim Buda, and their family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Morella Buda.

Francene graduated from her beloved Mercy High School and then from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a special education and teaching degree. She then went on to receive her Masters in Counseling and Social Work, and she loved being a therapist for 40+ years. She was a lifelong Catholic, and her home parish was St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Omaha. She enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends, as well as having a love for reading and visiting museums and other local attractions.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 16 from 6-7pm at West Center Chapel, followed by a rosary at 7pm. Services will be on Thursday, November 17th, at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive at 10:30am.


  • The Mills Family Posted November 15, 2022 1:39 pm

    Please accept our sincerest condolences. Our family has known Francene for over 20 years. She will be deeply missed by all of us. She has done so much for us over the years.

  • Sharon, Evan, Jacob Carpenter Posted November 15, 2022 1:44 pm

    We were so very sad to hear of Francine’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who has made such a positive impact on our family. She will be greatly missed.

  • Thomas D. Kelley III, MD, MS, FAAFP Posted November 15, 2022 2:04 pm

    A truly remarkable and wonderful lady,, I owe her so much, Francene was my preceptor while I was completing my masters in counseling at Creighton University and the things she taught me I still use every day. She will be missed by so many, I am forever blessed to have known her. Many prayers to the entire family, Tom

  • Karen Walters Posted November 15, 2022 4:45 pm

    I have known Francene for many years. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life. She will be terribly missed. My condolences to her family.

  • Cheri Snell , Ametrine Woodsrd Posted November 15, 2022 6:40 pm

    She will be dearly missed. My prayers go out to the whole family. I was so shocked and after the tears my heart has been so heavy . She has been the smile a lot of times when people first come inwhen she is in the office. My daughter and I both will always remember how she has helped us and so many others. Again we will pray for the whole family during this time of loss and beyond. If you need anything let us know.

  • Cheri Snell , Ametrine Woodsrd Posted November 15, 2022 6:42 pm

    She will be dearly missed. My prayers go out to the whole family. I was so shocked and after the tears my heart has been so heavy . She has been the smile a lot of times when people first come in when she is in the office. My daughter and I both will always remember how she has helped us and so many others. Again we will pray for the whole family during this time of loss . If you need anything let us know.

  • Terry McClain Posted November 15, 2022 8:58 pm

    My life was significantly improved by Christ working through Francene. I have received weekly counseling from her since my nervous breakdown in 1999. The Lord worked through Francene to help me through the loss of my job and the loss of my dear wife, as well as many other difficult situations.

    She was a true friend and devout follower of Jesus Christ. I know I’ll see Francene again.

    God bless all her beloved family and friends.
    Pastor Terry McClain

  • Joyce & Doug Sasse Posted November 16, 2022 9:04 am

    With our deepest sympathy and prayers.

  • Joyce and Ben Redman Posted November 16, 2022 2:20 pm

    France was our neighbor and friend for many years. Our children played together and became lifelong friends. We remained friends. She always had a smile when we seen her over the years Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

  • Christine Lincoln Posted November 16, 2022 4:19 pm

    My deepest condolences to Andrea and the rest of Francene’s friends and family. Francene was a great lady! The last time I saw her was many years ago, but I recall that I was talking with her, and Andrea and I never laughed so hard. I do not recall what I was laughing about but when I think of Francene I think of her joyful spirit.

  • Melinda McCormick Posted November 16, 2022 8:10 pm

    My dearest lifelong friend on earth. Francene, you made an enormous difference in my life as I learned how to parent from you with your two beautiful daughters. You were quite the pioneer being a young mom raising two precious children… daughter that you were so very proud of. We were best friends in college and afterwards…. I practically grew up in the Boyd Street house and enjoyed many Sunday spaghetti dinners at the parents/grandparents home. Her mother would drive around the streets in the neighborhood putting Andrea to sleep as she needed extra love and affection and attention. Francene would play musicals (331/3 Olson her stereo putting the girls ti sleep every single night…. I missed you so much and yearned told GI to Omaha ti see you. I should have taken that last trip. I’ll see you in heaven as you play the piano or play the guitar! You were a gift in many ways. A gifted musician indeed as well as a wonderful therapist! I’ll always love you forevermore!

  • Conni Buda Munson Posted November 17, 2022 8:15 am

    Francene girls and Tony,
    Francene was a kind sweet cousin. Fond memories of going over her house after grade school days. Francene would always say positive things about all. Last time we saw each other she said her kids grandkids were the joys in her life. Sorry I’m unable to attend services. God bless 🙏 for family.

  • Diane Houston Posted November 18, 2022 10:36 am

    I will miss you sweet lady. Always made me smile. You have a blessed spirit. Prayers for your friends and family. Thank you for all you do.

  • Brittainee Zorichak Brumfield Posted November 20, 2022 5:02 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mom had the best smile ever and we could never get anything past her. She was always there to help us make and enjoy all of the memories. I think she was as excited in our adventures as we were in partaking in them. She will be missed. Hugs to the family.

    • Amy Tarvin Posted November 25, 2022 8:17 am

      Thank you! You know she loved your adventures and was up for pretty much anything!

  • Mary Johnston Posted November 20, 2022 9:28 pm

    My very deepest condolences to Andrea and Amy. Your mom was an Angel and a Saint. The love she has for you two is so incredibly deep. Her work, love and prayers for all those she cared about goes above and beyond the call of duty. I feel so blessed to have known her. The miracles and milestones she made with special needs was unbelievable. Your mom is someone I’m proud to call my friend. May God Bless you and your entire family.

    • Amy Tarvin Posted November 25, 2022 8:16 am

      Thank you Mary. She was very giving and caring.

  • Karen & Dan Yax Posted December 3, 2022 11:31 am

    Francene was a wonderful person and a caring counselor! She will be missed.

  • S Yoder Posted January 12, 2023 10:03 pm

    Francene saved my life.

  • Helen Ryan Posted March 3, 2023 12:28 pm

    I hadn’t see Francene since we were neighbors on 10th Street, that is until last October when we had a Bancroft School reunion and see accepted our invitation to join us. It was great to see her after 60+ years. She certainly made her mark on this earth. We had no idea she would be gone a month later.

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