Joan Frances Cuda

Joan Frances Cuda

September 27, 1942 – June 2, 2023

Joan Frances McIlheran was born Sept 27, 1942, in Shenandoah Iowa into a family of 6 (Alfred, Francis, Mary, Joan, Mike, and John). She married the love of her life, Ed Cuda on January 25th, 1964. Ed came from a family of 4 (Max, Marie, Ed, and Kathy (Kitten)).

Joan’s life calling was taking care of others and she pursued a career as a Registered Nurse working at Bergan Mercy Hospital, Lakeside Hospital in Omaha and also continued to practice nursing in Texas.

She is survived by son Kevin, wife Coleen and daughters Emma (husband Fred Koepp) and Sarah. Daughter Kimberly Parks, son Camden and daughter Adrianna. Son Mark, wife Jennifer, and daughter Finley.

She had a great sense of adventure and loved to be engaged in activities such as golf, bowling, tennis, and traveling.

Her children would like you to remember their mother as a fighter of uterine cancer for 7 years.  She was told by doctors that only 20% of women survive to 5 years. She never once complained, asked for help, or wanted to be a burden to anyone.  She was a caregiver first and foremost and she loved her family fiercely and cared for anyone that crossed her path.

VISITATION: Tuesday, June 6th starting at 5pm, with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE and Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard Presentation, all at the West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, June 7th at 11am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Lindsey and Teri Freeman Posted June 3, 2023 7:32 pm

    Heartfelt sympathies to the family of sweet Joan Cuda. Prayers are for you all to be comforted and at peace.

  • Rick & Joan Konecky Posted June 4, 2023 4:16 pm

    Kevin,Kim, & Mark, We loved your Mom. She was such a personality.She is happy now. With all the people who had gone before especially Your Dad and Aunt Kitten. We miss them all. Love to you all.

  • Michael McIlheran Posted June 4, 2023 6:30 pm

    You were the best sister ever.

  • Danica & Jim Greco and Family Posted June 4, 2023 8:21 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone . The world lost another beautiful soul. She was a very special lady – one of the greatest. She is finally at peace and reunited with the rest of the family.

  • Amanda Thompson Posted June 5, 2023 7:31 am

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on behalf of myself and our entire team. May your family find strength and solace during this difficult time, knowing that you are surrounded by love and support.

  • Peralta Family Posted June 5, 2023 9:58 am

    Our thoughts and payers are with you and yours during this time.

  • Cheryl & David Jones Posted June 5, 2023 8:44 pm

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We treasure that we were able to meet and have dinner with Joan last December. May your grief evolve into peace and warm memories.

  • Janis K Cole Posted June 6, 2023 11:58 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Joan at Bergan Mercy in the ED. She was an outstanding nurse and a great mentor. She truly was born to be a nurse and caring for others in their time of need was her greatest gift. She will be missed.

  • Doug & Mary Carrig Posted June 13, 2023 10:04 am

    So Sorry for the loss of your dear mother! Your parents were the best! And also the best next door neighbors! Love You All & Take Care, Doug & Mary

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