Geraldine V. “Geri” Hutchens Ortmeier

Geraldine V. “Geri” Hutchens
Feb 14, 1943 – Jan 13, 2017

Age 73 of Omaha, left this life to be with our Heavenly Father on January 13th. Geraldine was beautiful, bright, and had an amazing, strong faith. She made a positive impact on virtually everyone she met. She was a kind, generous and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother, and a loyal and understanding friend to many. Geraldine was born on February, 14, 1943, to Adolph and Elma Cerny (Donald Bart) in Rogers, NE. She grew up on a farm near Howells, where she spent her childhood and attended Howells High School. Geraldine had a successful career working at Little Audrey’s in Fremont and later at Werner Enterprises in Omaha and Dillard’s in the Oak View Mall. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life. She was at her happiest when all of her family was together, and she sought to make their lives a joy. Geraldine was an active and beloved member of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Omaha. Her family and friends heartbrokenly rallied around and for her during her illness. Geraldine was known to all as an unselfish, thoughtful, never-judging person who was a great listener and trusted confidante. Even while she was fighting metastatic breast cancer, Geri put her family and friends first, and loved going to work with and bringing treats for her Dillard’s “family” until it became too much.

Survivors include her husband, John H. Ortmeier, whom she married 53 years ago on August 20th in Howells, NE; her mother, Elma Bart; daughter, Rhonda Janky (Greg) and granddaughter, Madison; son, Russell Ortmeier (Sharon) and grandchildren, Austen and Amanda; son, Kevin Ortmeier (Amy) and grandchildren, Sophie and Ellie; sister, Martha Sueper; brother, Larry Cerny (Mary). She also leaves behind nieces and nephews: Randy, Renee, Todd, Kim, Cindy, Connie, Colleen, and Susie.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 17th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, with VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm at the Church. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 10am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. Interment, Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Elkhorn, NE. For memorials, the family prefers Masses or donations to Josie Harper Hospice House.


  • jill dunklau Posted January 20, 2017 8:13 am

    Kevin, Amy and family,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. Your family has been in our thoughts.

  • Shirley Brester Posted January 28, 2017 1:11 pm

    John & family,
    I was shocked today when I talked with Steve Cerny and he told me that Geraldine passed away. Had I known at the time, I definitely would have attended the funeral. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. She was such a beautiful person and always treated me like a blood cousin. RIP Geraldine!

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