Harriet L. Skoge

Harriet L. Skoge
January 17, 1933 – March 26, 2020

Harriet Lavonne Skoge, age 87 years of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 26, 2020. Harriet was born on a farm in Boyden, Iowa, on January 17, 1933 to Harm Harms and Carrie (Hilbrands) Harms. She was raised in Sibley, Iowa, and graduated from Sibley High School. Harriet met Richard Skoge in 1973, and they were married on October 12, 1983, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They enjoyed almost 19 years of marriage, until his death on March 26, 2002.

Harriet was a strong and resilient woman, raising her three children as a single mother. She was always baking cakes, cookies, brownies, or banana bread, especially if she was expecting visitors. The whole family particularly loved her homemade buns, a tradition she has passed on through the generations. Harriet was a little lady with a big personality. She loved to laugh, sing, and joke around, even in her final days.

Harriet is survived by her sons: Dennis (Starla) Lutterman of Omaha, Nebraska; Don (Pam) Lutterman of Omaha, Nebraska; and daughter, Colleen (John) Schraufnagel of Omaha, Nebraska. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Shanon (Jason) Schuknecht of Littleton, Colorado; Damon (Michelle) Lutterman of Papillion, Nebraska; Lindsay (Michael) Young of Elkhorn, Nebraska; Cory Lutterman of Omaha, Nebraska; Evie (Brad) Cory of Omaha, Nebraska; Melissa (Ryan) Stigge of Elkhorn, Nebraska; Tim (Lisa) Schraufnagel of Omaha, Nebraska; and Kyle (Julie) Schraufnagel of Omaha, Nebraska; and great-grandchildren: Ethan and Kyle Schuknecht; Damon Jr., Destiny, and Treyson Lutterman; Reese and Liam Young; Daniel and Davison Lutterman; Blaine and Wesley Cory; Nolan and Kellan Stigge; and Gabby and Anna Schraufnagel.

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Skoge; parents, Harm and Carrie Harms; and siblings and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Weseley (Sophia) Harms, Jeanette (Pete) Fonkert, Arthur (Irene) Harms, Thelma (Ernie) Schroeder, and Clifford (Beatrice) Harms.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at Heafey Hoffman Dworak & Cutler. She will be laid to eternal rest at Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Please send memorials to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.






  • Steve Schraufnagel Posted March 29, 2020 5:28 pm

    Dear Colleen, John, family and friends of Harriet,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time for your loss of a wonderful woman. I remember Harriet from many years ago, I think it was when John and Colleen were married. She was a very high energy person with a great sense of humor and fun to be around. Love, Steve in Alaska.

  • Janet and Andy Fandre Posted March 29, 2020 6:09 pm

    Our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you!

  • Connie and Dale Vigen Posted April 1, 2020 5:59 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family of Harriet Skoge. I only met Harriet twice (The first time at John and Colleen’s wedding. The second time a few years ago when Dale and I went to vist John and Colleen and family.)however, she left a lasting impression. She had a great sense of humor and seemed to enjoy life. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  • Ron Rubin and KC Halpine Posted April 13, 2020 6:17 pm

    Harriet was a kind neighbor who always had a smile and a wave. She would sit on her front porch and watch the neighborhood life go by. She loved her house and took pride in her yard and flowers. Every spring we would look forward to her flowers and know that spring was here. We would stop by and visit her on the porch and she would talk about the latest things going on. Harriet will be missed and I still look for her on the porch with a cup of something in her hands watching the island and life go by.

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