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 www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.