Joanne (Anderson) Feldhaus

Joanne (Anderson) Feldhaus

October 16,1933 – January 13, 2024

Joanne (Anderson) Feldhaus passed away peacefully at home on January 13, 2024, surrounded by her family. Joanne was born to Lester and Dorothy Anderson on October 16, 1933, in Grand Island, Nebraska. Growing up in Omaha, she attended Sacred Heart High School for girls. She and Richard were married and started their family of six children while he went through medical school and residency at Creighton University. They later moved to Phoenix, where Dr. Richard was Chief of Staff.  Upon returning to Omaha for private practice, Richard and Joanne were extensively involved in the community as well as supporting their family. Joanne was always so charismatic and engaging, leaving a lasting impact on everyone fortunate to know her.

Joanne’s faith and family were the utmost priorities in her life. She practiced her Catholic faith through her lifelong volunteer activities. Joanne distributed communion to people in the hospital as well as at church. She was a lifelong supporter of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Christ Child Society. Joanne was very compassionate about Catholic education. She was instrumental in the merger of Notre Dame Academy and Rummel High School, and was one of the people that chose the current name of Roncalli High School. She served as the President of the Board of Education, chaired the High Tea fundraiser, the Festa De Leon fundraiser; and together with her husband, Richard, received the Pope John the 23rd Service Award. Other volunteer activities included the Bergan Mercy Hospital Candlelight Ball, MOMSA, and Doctor’s Wives organizations.

Joanne found immense joy in playing cards and the thrill of gambling. She taught all of the grandchildren to play many different card games. She played bridge several times a week in groups and bridge school.

Joanne cherished her family with an unwavering and boundless love. She recently celebrated 70 years of marriage with the love of her life, Richard. She was deeply connected with her family of 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and all of their families. She always wanted to hear about every detail of everyone’s lives! She never missed a wedding, graduation and any life celebration, as well as sporting events! She was happiest with a big houseful of family. Joanne created a legacy of love between her family that will endure beyond the confines of time.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Feldhaus; her children: Dr. Gerard (Debra) Feldhaus, Dr. Steven (Elizabeth) Feldhaus, Thomas (Kerrri) Feldhaus, Patrice (Jim) Urban, Denice (Susan Guinn) Feldhaus, Jason (Adrienne) Feldhaus; grandchildren: Bryan (Claire) Feldhaus, Dr. Kristan (Joey) Pilakowski, Kim (Renae) McNulty, Jeff (Jordan) Feldhaus, T.J. Feldhaus, Kevin Feldhaus, Dr. Audra (Dr. John Campbell) Feldhaus, Leslee Feldhaus, Katie (Grant) Suggs, Meagan (Jeremy) Welles, Tyler Feldhaus, Jesse Feldhaus, Dan (Maureen) Urban, Michael (Tasha) Urban, Tom (Danee) Urban, Maxwell Guinn, Gavin Guinn, Riley Feldhaus, Addison Feldhaus, Peyton Feldhaus; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Clarice (Phil) Buggy and family.

Preceded in death by son, Edward (infant); parents, Lester and Dorothy Anderson, Fred and Carrie Feldhaus; sister, Lorraine Feldhaus.

VISITATION: Sunday, January 21st from 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel, located at 7805 W Center Road, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, January 22nd at 10:30am at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 1920 N 102nd Street, Omaha 68114. Interment to be at a later date-May 6th at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Sisters of Notre Dame, Roncalli High School, or St Leo the Great Catholic Church.

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


  • Joanne Jarzobski Posted January 15, 2024 12:05 pm

    Dear Dr Feldhaus&family, I’m so very sorry for your suffering. Mrs feldhaus (& all of you) were a huge part of my family and I have so many fond memories. The trip to Breckenridge & to Cape Cod, whether she was just stopping by our house or my mom and I were stopping by hers, so many celebrations, every birthday wedding, graduation, baby shower, wedding shower, our families were so intertwined for so many decades. When I was in college, your mom used to send me cards and she would tape quarters inside to help me pay for my laundry because you needed quarters to use the machine. She always had the best smile. Her hair was always impeccably done 🙂 I can see her smile now & feel her hug because there was always a hug when she came in. she spelled Joanne the right way too – Your family was our family. She was always a woman of faith, I hope that her faith just rewarded her as she always believed it would. Im so very sorry for your suffering and send love to all of you.

    • Debbie Feldhaus Posted January 15, 2024 1:21 pm

      Oh Joanne, what a beautiful message. We will share
      It with Dick. Your family was truly so special to all of us. We all have our own angel now!!! Along with your Dad!! Love to you and to our family

  • Cindy Aerni Posted January 15, 2024 4:54 pm

    What a classy Lady! Love the whole family. Denice your mom was always so good to me. Richard, you and Joanne are the best supporters of Husker softball. Loved visiting you two in Phoenix. My love to you all. What a great family!

  • Cindy Aerni Posted January 15, 2024 6:29 pm

    My deepest regards to the family. Denice your mom was always so good to me. I will always cherish my days with you and your parents.Richard, you and Joanne were our best Husker fans. Enjoyed seeing you two in Phoenix watching the huskers play at ASU. My love to a great family!

  • Robyn Eden Posted January 15, 2024 7:51 pm

    Jack and I are greatly saddened to learn of Joanne’s passing. She was a wonderful lady whose kindness, joyfulness and sincere concern for everyone around her shone through in her ever present smile. We will treasure her memory and rejoice in her faith.

  • Joan Joyce Posted January 16, 2024 5:19 pm

    Joanne was my friend for 65yrs.She and Dick were important people in our lives. I shall miss her always, but I know she is watching over all of us who love her. My love to Dick and family

  • Korky Posted January 17, 2024 8:10 am

    Denice and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your lovely mother. I have such fond memories of our times playing softball together and visiting with Joanne. I would occasionally run in to her at the casino. She was always so happy when I would say hello and reminisce. What an amazing woman and life. May her memory bring you comfort during this time.

  • Amy Bebensee Posted January 17, 2024 6:33 pm

    I worked with Dr Richard and Dr Steve for many years in Council Bluffs. I’m so sorry for your families loss.

  • Becky Bischof Posted January 18, 2024 1:01 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Joanne’s we were old neighbors and I would play bridge once in awhile. She was
    a wonderful lady. She will be missed.

  • Paul and Judy Steffes Posted January 24, 2024 1:55 pm

    A wonderful person, who will be greatly missed and remembered. Our deepest condolences to Dick and the family.

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