Howard Bruce Silberg

Howard Bruce Silberg

June 27, 1940 – September 5, 2018

Preceded in death by parents, Sam and Lillian Silberg of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Survived by brother, Ron Silberg of Boca Raton, Florida; cousins in Milwaukee and California; and many special friends.

Howard was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He was a member of the National Guard and a Mason. He moved to Omaha as a representative for several clothing lines and was later a real estate agent and then employed by Borsheim’s. He was active in the Carter Lake Ski Club, and supportive of Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, and the Omaha artist community. Howard was a collector of fine art which he displayed in every room of his home. An amateur chef, he was known as the Cookie Man because he specialized in baking and distributing cookies to friends and neighbors.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND TIME OF SHARING: Thursday, October 4th at 4:30pm at the West Center Chapel. Interment at the Second Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Memorials are suggested to Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, UNO Friends of Art, and Joslyn Museum.



  • Don and Suzy Cook Posted September 6, 2018 5:11 pm

    Howard was such a good friend and amazingly, adorable character. We loved him dearly and will miss him so much.

  • Lois Kneeter Posted September 7, 2018 3:28 pm

    Howard was a wonderful friend for many, many years and I will miss him very much!

  • Linda Meigs Posted September 8, 2018 1:25 pm

    Howard leaves a big hole in many lives as one of Omaha’s most passionate supporters of local artists.. He and Joan Frost used to banter about which one first bought art from me in 1973(?) at my first exhibit here (Countryside Village Arts Festival.) He came to every exhibit after that over 30 years, including every display in the Florence Mill’s ArtLoft. Howard, thank you for your notes in colorfully decorated envelopes, many cookie gifts left on my desk, your humor, thoughtfulness, encouragement and gentle soul. May you find a glorious beach.

  • Karen Pollak Posted September 9, 2018 8:42 am

    Howard was a gem. His delicious cookies and sense of humor, warmth and friendship will be missed. I loved getting cards from Howard. Always thoughtful and fun. His art collection amazing. It was a pleasure to serve on the Friends of Art board with Howard.

  • Gordon and Karen Schalley Posted September 17, 2018 1:47 pm

    Will miss him terribly!

  • Alison Rider Posted September 26, 2018 1:41 pm

    Howard adopted my family and never let a birthday or holiday go by without showing up with Tootsie Roll Pops, balloons, money hidden in box contraptions, a loaf of bread, cookies, a coconut pound cake or chocolate cheese cake. Always with a little story, a joke, a wild sweater. He was Uncle Howard to my kids, and he was extra kind and inclusive to my mom and even my grandmother when she was alive. He was bigger than life and the Rider Family will all miss him in our lives.

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