Jeanita (Gerber) Axsom

Jeanita (Gerber) Axsom

August 2, 1943 – January 23, 2021

Jeanita (Gerber) Axsom of Omaha, NE died peacefully from COVID-19 after a long battle with Lewy Body dementia on January 23, 2021 in Omaha.

Jeanita was born on August 2, 1943 in Pierre, SD to her parents, Matthew “Mat” and Lydia (Reuer) Gerber. She grew up in Gettysburg, SD, where she graduated from high school in 1961. In high school she was active in cheerleading, choir and theater. Upon graduation, she went on to attend Stewarts School of Hairdressing. Shortly thereafter, Jeanita met Jimmie “Jim” Axsom, and they were married in Gettysburg on June 2, 1963. Their daughter, KimberLee (Garry) was born in 1964, and their son Jason was born in 1973. She also became highly capable of selling their home, as they moved eight times in seventeen years.

Outside of the home, Jeanita worked for many years as a hairstylist, and eventually worked for nearly 17 years at Burger King. Inside the home, she enjoyed cooking and baking, and she loved cleaning and decorating her house.

Music was always at the center of Jeanita’s life. She had a beautiful voice, and shared her gift for music for many years. She sang in the choir of every church she was a member of, and would sing at hospitals, nursing homes, and small groups. She also played the ukulele and piano. Music continued to be an enjoyment for her up until her death.

Jeanita is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jim; her son Jason and his wife Lynn; her daughter KimberLee (Garry) and her husband Chuck; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister Marilyn; and her brother Victor.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gerald; and sister, Marie (Taggart).

Memorials will be directed by the family.

PRIVATE Funeral Service:  Friday, January 29th at 1pm at the West Center Chapel, with live-streaming available on the mortuary website.  To view a live broadcast of the service, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


  • Terry Gerber Posted January 26, 2021 3:38 pm

    Jim, Kim and Jason:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Although our grief is heavy, I imagine the joy she is experiencing today as she is reunited with her parents, my father, her sister Marie and other loved ones. Know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Love to you all!

  • Sharon Kaufman Posted January 26, 2021 6:25 pm

    My sympathy to all.

  • William [Bones] Thompson Posted January 26, 2021 8:41 pm

    Jim. and Family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jo Fortkamp Posted January 27, 2021 10:59 am

    To Jim and family, I’m so sorry to learn of Jeanita’s passing. She was always so sweet and I loved singing with her for many years. She will be missed by so many. My condolences and prayers to you all.

  • Kevin Linehan Posted January 27, 2021 12:46 pm

    My condolences and prayers for Jim, Kim and Jason. The world and I will miss her ready smile, quick wit and honesty. Knowing she was a woman of strong faith there is no doubt she is enjoying her heavenly reward and will continue to provide guidance to her wonderful family.

  • David Bird Posted January 27, 2021 3:54 pm

    Jim and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.. I loved singing with her too.

  • Lori Posted January 27, 2021 4:12 pm

    Jim and family-
    I am so sorry to hear about Jeanitas .passing! She was a dear friend for many years. We sang together and did each other’s hair for a long time. I will never forget our conversations. I haven’t seen her for years, but she has always been in my heart. She taught me a lot over the years. God bless you all!

  • David L Bird Posted January 27, 2021 6:14 pm

    Jim and family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. We loved singing with her too in King’s Singerscand choir.

  • Vickie Reynolds Posted January 27, 2021 9:56 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. I remember fondly our time in worship team. She had such a beautiful soul and her love for the Lord shined brightly! Prayers for you and your family as you remember her legacy, while missing her presence.
    Vickie Reynolds

  • Karen K Reynolds Posted January 28, 2021 12:09 am

    Dear Jim and family, Such a treasure to have known Jeanita. Her wit and wisdom in King’s Singers were always welcomed. In your grief, I know you will hold your memories tight and lift your eyes…knowing…she now sees clearly how much the Lord has loved her. All things are new for her now… fully redeemed. Rev. 4. She is in the multitude…

  • Jeanne Johnson Posted January 28, 2021 6:04 pm

    Jim and family ~ I was so sad to hear of Jeanita’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of our drives together to King of King’s for choir practice. And then lots of visits with her while I lived in Harvey Oaks. I have thought of her often, all of her wonderful decorations and the house always spotless. I envied that for a lot of years while I spent time with my kiddos. She would always tell me there’d be time for a clean house. She could always make me laugh! What a wonderful life she has now, with Jesus and all those who have gone before her. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you.

  • Jen & Chuck Peters Posted January 28, 2021 9:58 pm

    Jim and Jason – Jeanita was one of the funniest women I’ve known. Her smile would light up a room, and she was always making me laugh, each and every time I came over to your house in Harvey Oaks. Always enjoyed time with her and your whole family. She will be missed, but I find peace knowing that she is no longer suffering from her ailments. God bless!

  • Lauri Wenninger Posted January 29, 2021 1:41 pm

    Many prayers and hugs sent to you all today ! A beautiful service and dedication to your mom and wife. I’m imagining the glorious reunion in heaven. Love to you all ❤️!

  • Eric Sams Posted January 29, 2021 1:53 pm

    Mr. Axsom, Jason and Kim ..

    Jeanita was a kind , patient and caring individual who displayed incredible love and patience at all times. Considering the amount of shenanigans Jason and I would get into , I’m amazed at how understanding she was , not to mention how she never banned me from the Axsom household.

    I don’t have a specific memory that sets itself apart from the others, rather a cumulative collection of lasting events that left me feeling like I was part of an extended family .Simply stated , Mrs Axsom was the kindest person I’ve ever been around and her joy , exuberance for life and dedication to her family will live on forever.

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