Jerome L. “Jerry” Bosse
June 30, 1938 – May 10, 2018
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Mary; parents, Wes and Marge; brother, Dick; sisters-in-law, Mary Bosse and Betty Schimick, brother-in-law, Butch Schnittgrund; in-laws, Emanuel and Josephine Wadas. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Leona “Lee”; daughters, Nancy Smith (Cliff), Susie Igler, Debby Riffel (Brad); grandchildren, Jeremy, Zachary, Benjamin, Derek, Tyler Smith, Janey Riffel; brothers, Tom, Harry (Carol); sisters, Brenda Murray (Bill), Vici Hoch (Mike); in-laws, Terri Waskowiak, Max Williams (Tom), Patti Schnittgrund, Jim Schimick; nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Monday, May 14th from 5pm to 7pm, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific Street, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Tuesday, May 15th 10:30am, at St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery with military honors by Millard American Legion Post #374 and VFW Post #8334.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.
Jerry was born on June 30, 1938 and passed on May 10, 2018 as a result of congestive heart failure. He fought a long, courageous battle with a number of health issues, but through all his trials, he remained optimistic and never gave up. He was truly an inspiration to all who knew and admired him. Jerry was an exceptionally caring, generous, patient and good-natured man with a strong work ethic and a huge, loving heart. He lived well, laughed often and loved much.
Jerry was born to Wesley and Margaret (Smyth) Bosse in Omaha, NE. He attended St. Peter’s grade school and after graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 1956, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served for four years. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Omaha and enrolled at the University of Omaha. He was employed at Northern Natural Gas Company for 24 years and retired after 15 years as an administrator for the Millard School District.
On September 1, 1962 Jerry married the love of his life, Leona “Lee” Wadas in Ord, NE. Theirs was a special marriage for 55 years and they were blessed with four wonderful daughters (Baby Mary is deceased).
Jerry was very involved in church and community activities. He served on the finance committee when St. John Vianney Catholic Church was established, taught CCD classes, and was an EME. Education was important to Jerry, and he proudly and effectively served 8 years as an elected board member of the Millard School Board. He coached soccer, helped with school projects, and encouraged his daughters to complete their graduate degrees.
Jerry was a member of the Millard American Legion, VFW, German American Society, Eagles, Polish Home, Sokol South Omaha, Monarch Squares, Primetimers, Polka Lovers and PolkofA dance club.
Jerry’s greatest joy and love was spending time with his children, grandkids, family, and friends. He loved helping people and he didn’t set the example for what a good person should be…he WAS the example. He also loved dancing, music, his garage, tool bench, yard, playing cards, snow and water skiing. He was an avid Nebraska and Creighton fan. However, he disliked liver, spinach, loud music, earrings, huge body tattoos and long hair on males. He had an endearing wit balanced with common sense and a great love for people. He was our rock who gave us love, friendship, and showed us how to live gracefully and passionately. Jerry was devoted to his faith and a strong believer in prayer and love.
He was preceded in death by Baby Mary; parents, Wes and Marge; in-laws, Emanuel and Josephine Wadas; brother, Dick; brother-in-law Butch Schnittgrund; sisters-in-law, Mary Bosse and Betty Schimick.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Lee; loved and admired by daughters and sons-in-laws Nancy (Cliff) Smith, Susie Igler, Debby (Brad) Riffel; and cherished as the Greatest G-Pa in the world by grandkids – Jeremy, Zachary, Benjamin, Derek, Tyler Smith and Janey Riffel. He is also survived by brothers Tom and Harry (Carol) Bosse, sisters, Brenda (Bill) Murray, Vici (Mike) Hoch, sisters-in-law Linda Bosse, Terri Waskowiak, Patti Schnittgrund, brother-in-law Jim Schimick, and brother/sister in-law Tom and Max Williams. He will be remembered by many special godchildren, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and too many friends to count.
He will be remembered as one who believed in God, Family & Country.