James J. Sobczyk

James J. Sobczyk

June 17, 1949 – February 26, 2020


James “Jim” Joseph Sobczyk was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Andrew and Rita Sobczyk.  He had five siblings: Mary Ellen Houston, Tom Sobczyk, Ray Sobczyk, Jane Sibilia, and Jerry Sobczyk.

He attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school.  After eighth grade he attended St. Joseph’s Franciscan Seminary in Westmont, IL for 3 years before returning home to graduate from Ryan High School.  He then pursued a business degree from Creighton University, graduating in 1971.  Jim served his country in the Army Reserves as a cook from 1971 to 1977.  He specialized in soups, stews and gravies.  This is where he learned to make his famous 239 bean soup (because one more bean would make it too-fardy).

During college, Jim worked at the Dundee theater and was an altar server for St. Mary Magdalene Church downtown.  After working for his (then future) father-in-law for a few years at Crystal beverage he earned his MBD (Married the Boss’s Daughter).

He married Margaret Rose Riedmann on June 20, 1970 and had eight children: Jamie Sobczyk (Jill), Therese Acamo (Steve), Betsy Harding (Pat), Nicole Bourquin (Greg), Billy Sobczyk (Lindsay), Maggie Sobczyk-Barron (Anna), Mary Manley (David) and Tim Sobczyk (Jessie).  His 24 grandchildren were the light of his life and his favorite bragging material.

At times, Jim worked 3 jobs to support his family and beginning in 1968 he dedicated more than fifty years of his life to Cornhusker Beverage Mart, building a business that serves the needs of the community with beverage catering, social stationery and home brewing supplies.  His ethical business ways, jovial demeanor, faith-filled sentiments, seemingly endless knowledge and bad jokes will be what he is remembered for.  It was clear that he was always a good sport because he wore his “Jim Shirt” to work every day.

His eight children all graduated from Gross High School and he continued his support for the school by hosting an annual wine tasting fundraiser.

He loved singing in the church choir, sharing his love of gardening with his grandchildren and was an avid follower of Creighton Basketball and UNO Maverick Hockey.  He was involved in the St. Bernadette Men’s Club and is remembered for making the Italian peppers for St. Bernadette’s Church festival for years.  He spent decades as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts and all three of his boys achieved the rank of Eagle Scout under his guidance.  He was a long-time member and past president of the Business Breakfast Club of Omaha.

As a daily mass goer, he often shared tidbits of the mass throughout the day, always starting his mornings at work with, “Today is the feast of….” While it is clear that his faith in God was the forefront of his life, there is no doubt it became stronger while teaching almost all of his eight children to drive.

His presence will not only be missed by his family, he will also be missed by many people in the community.  There are not enough words to share the impact he made on every person he met.  He has touched so many lives and will not be forgotten.

Family will receive friends Sunday, March 1st from 2pm to 5pm, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church (7600 S. 42nd St.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, March 2nd, 11am, St. Bernadette Catholic Church.  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Masses or St. Bernadette Catholic Church or School.






  • Pamela Sondag Posted February 27, 2020 9:55 pm

    My sympathy and love to Jim’s family and friends. I will miss having him on the choir.

  • Harland T. Fogle Posted February 28, 2020 8:42 am

    Thoughts & prayers are with Jim’s Family at this trying time.
    (Will miss visiting with him at Creighton basketball games)

    Harlie Fogle

  • Christopher Tierney Posted February 28, 2020 3:16 pm

    I met Jim a few times through his son and my friend Billy, including events at St. Bernadette. I know he will be missed by many as he was often spoken highly of when mentioned.

    • Billy Sobczyk Posted February 29, 2020 8:32 am

      Thank you, Chris, for your condolences.

      • Tami Posted February 29, 2020 11:38 am

        I’m so so sorry for your loss wonderful Billy! I’m sure he was so very proud of you. You are such a light. I hope you find comfort in the good memories that will always be with you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Vitas and Linda Vasiliauskas Posted February 29, 2020 9:20 am

    The angels really needed him on their side

  • Mark Enholm Posted February 29, 2020 9:33 am

    Very Sorry to hear about Jim. My deepest Symphony to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Merinda Posted February 29, 2020 10:41 am

    Our thoughts are with the entire Sobczyk family at this time of grief. Billy, Lindsay, and their kids are like family to us, dance family through Omaha Jitterbugs. The last time I saw Jim, was when we used Cornhusker Beverage for drinks at our wedding. We heard a few jokes while we were there. He will be missed.

  • Nolan Gaskill Posted February 29, 2020 11:04 am

    Jim was one of the first local contacts I had with homebrewing here in town. He was always so kind and helpful. He was a great supporter of our local community and in particular my club. He will be greatly missed.

  • Brian Kavanaugh Posted February 29, 2020 11:05 am

    My condolences to his family. I got my start in home brewing thanks to him. My local Jaycee chapter decided to have a home brew competition for our members several years ago. Most of us had never brewed before (or had just used things like Mr. Beer). Jim held a class for us, provided discounts on equipment to get us going, and offered prizes. He was always friendly and helpful whenever I went into his store.

  • Kathy Schafer Posted February 29, 2020 11:30 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Jim. I will miss singing with him n the choir at St Bernaette’s. .
    Blessings, & love
    Kathy (Monico) Schafer

  • Dan Quinn Posted February 29, 2020 12:58 pm

    Jim was always upbeat. He will be missed. My condolences.

  • Julie Sobczyk Mitchell Posted February 29, 2020 9:37 pm

    We will miss you, Uncle Jim. Godspeed.

  • Susan Gorup Posted March 1, 2020 3:25 am

    Margie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful family man and husband. It’s hard to believe that God decided to take both of our husbands so young. I have thought of you often once I heard he was ill. God bless all of you. Love, Sue

  • Margaret McCoy Posted March 1, 2020 2:44 pm

    My sympathy to Jim’s family. I will miss him at daily Mass at St. Bernadette’s and singing with him in the choir.

  • Rita Paskowitz Posted March 1, 2020 10:47 pm

    Sending my sincere love and condolences to you and your family…

  • Jacquie Lelly Posted March 7, 2020 6:51 pm

    Nicole & Family – I’m sorry to hear your dad passed. Knowing him through my dads deli in back of cornhusker is a fond memory. Always friendly and kind. Melissa & I will never forget coming into Cornhusketr not knowing deli was taken out & it brought tears to our eyes missing my dad Tony. Jimmy came running out to give us the chef hat sign he had saved for us knowing we would get it one day. It is hanging I. My garage.

    Our prayers to you all

    Jacquie U

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