Francis W. “Frank” Bemis

Francis W. “Frank” Bemis
December 24, 1938 – February 14, 2020

Preceded in death by his parents, Frank W. and Agnes Fitzgerald Bemis. Survived by his wife, Connie: his beloved children: Dr. Frank W. Bemis (Barb), Kathleen Russell (Jim), Nancy Stanley (Matt), and Linda Lucas; six grandchildren: Casey, Kelly, Troy, and Rainey Bemis; Emma and Bridget Russell; brother, Jim Bemis (Joanne); five nephews and one niece; cousins; and wonderful friends.

Family will receive friends Monday, February 17th from 4pm to 7pm, at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church (1920 N. 102nd St.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, February 18th, 11am, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church.

Private Family Interment, Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Sienna Francis House or Holy Cross Catholic Church.

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Frank was born on December 24, 1938 in New Rochelle, New York to Frank W. and Agnes Fitzgerald Bemis.  He spent his early years in Larchmont, New York before moving to Omaha during elementary school.  He attended Creighton Prep and graduated in the class of 1956.  He received his bachelors degree from Creighton University and his graduate degree from UNL.  Frank joined the family business, the Fitzgerald Insurance Co. (later Bemis Fitzgerald Insurance Co.), and this is when his real estate career began.

He became the Douglas County Assessor, a position he held for 24 years before retiring. After retiring from public service, he continued his career in real estate and insurance.  Frank enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, squash, tennis, and thoroughbred horse racing. He and his wife, Connie of 34 years, enjoyed being “snow birds” and wintered in Arizona and summered in Omaha.  He was an active member of the South Omaha Optimist Club, The Omaha Club, and Holy Cross Catholic Church.

 

 

5 Comments

  • Thomas Farrell, Erin Farell and family Posted February 16, 2020 10:24 am

    We were cousins and friends, along with brother, Jim since the last years of World War 11.Too many memories to choose from except all of them came with laughter..When someone like Frank leaves us ,it is if so much fun and energy has left the party and things will never be quite the same again… Our sympathy to Connie and all the Bemis family.. .. Cousin Tom

  • Marilyn Marousek Chandler Posted February 16, 2020 6:30 pm

    Frank was in my wedding many years ago. Have lost touch with him thru the years, but offer my sympathy to his family at this time.

  • Dennis Caniglia Posted February 16, 2020 11:41 pm

    Frank an I was close friends over the years before I moved from Omaha. So many great times from Aksarben to Monday night football games. A wonderful person. Would always look him up on my trips back to Omaha. A great fun loving guy. He will be missed. God Bless old friend!🙏🙏🙏✝️✝️✝️🕯🕯

  • Howard Deever Posted February 17, 2020 10:56 am

    Frank was among our favorite agency ‘characters’ in the best years of National American Insurance. He could be hilariously funny, an able political ‘fixer’ when called upon, & always a consummate pro at the insurance biz. We all liked him a lot & now, nearing 70, I’m among the last of our good old gang headed by Big Ed Pedersen who’s still around to recall our shared & genuine affection for Frank.

  • Lou (Ann) Lukas Posted February 17, 2020 7:39 pm

    Frank’s presence in my childhood was a gift of humor, intellect and mentorship- It is hard to imagine that period in time without him and all the escapades- ice skating at the “A-Frame” on the little lake, football games, horse races and passing out campaign material on freezing cold election days. I will be forever grateful for his words of remembrance at my father’s funeral. My deepest condolences to his family.

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