August 14, 1951 – March 27, 2023
VISITATION: Thursday, March 30, at 5pm, with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE, St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 S Street.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, April 1, at 11am, St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Indian Mission, EPS, or a charity of your choice.
JoAnn Eleanor Spurgin (Heimann), 71, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away on March 27, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. Her final days were spent in the caring hands of the nurses at the Josie Harper Hospice House and surrounded in love by her family.
JoAnn was born August 14, 1951, in Columbus, Nebraska, and grew up on a nearby farm. She moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska and eventually met and married her husband, James (Jim) T. Spurgin. They were married in December 1974 and enjoyed a beautiful 48 years together, raising three children through multiple moves to homes in Lincoln, Omaha, and the suburban Kansas City area. She viewed each move as a new adventure and was quick to “pick up strays” and make new friends on her regular walks.
JoAnn was an active member of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Omaha. She enjoyed spending time with her family, taking walks, and volunteering at church and service organizations to help those in need. JoAnn was always concerned with the care and well-being of others, even up to her death.
JoAnn was a dedicated homemaker for several years before working as a paraprofessional for children with developmental and physical disabilities. She showed great compassion for children with special needs and taught her kids the importance of caring for others.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jim; three children and their spouses: Matthew (Jeanette), Sara (Brad Park), and Christopher (Kelsey); seven grandchildren; five siblings and their spouses; numerous nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and grand-nephews.