John A. “Jack” Gewinner

John A. “Jack” Gewinner

December 1, 1942 – January 18, 2023

VISITATION: Sunday, January 22, 2pm, with 4pm VIGIL SERVICE, West Center Chapel.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, 10:30am, St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Interment with Military Honors: St. Johns Cemetery. To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View LiveCast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Thomas More Endowment Fund.


Jack was born on December 1, 1942. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Alice Gewinner; baby brother, Louis A. Gewinner Jr.; and Robert A. Gewinner.  He attended Bancroft Grade School and graduated from South High in 1961. After high school, he spent time sanding and finishing hardwood floors, eventually becoming a brick mason.  After completing his journeyman apprenticeship, he worked out of the Union Hall doing mostly commercial work. For the last 17 years of his career, he worked for Omaha Public Schools as a bricklayer. He retired in 2007.

Jack enlisted in the 172nd Army Reserve Unit in 1964. The entire unit was activated and sent to Vietnam, 1968-69. They were based on the southeastern coast of Vietnam at Cam Rahn Bay.

He married Connie Nanfito on October 17, 1964; they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this past October. Jack and Connie have three children: Vince (Shelby) Gewinner, Steve (Lisa) Gewinner, and Connie Jo Yambor. They have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jack loved the outdoors and spent a lot of his time doing things in nature that brought him joy.

Jack loved to hunt (with a bow or muzzleloader rifle,) fish, water ski; he also loved archery, bicycle riding, competitive muzzleloader rifle and pistol shooting, camping, geocaching, and classic cars. He especially enjoyed taking pristine care of his lawn and yard. He loved to drive around in his 1956 Chevy with his car buddies.

He passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from complications due to coronary bypass surgery. We are saddened by his loss and will miss him dearly.

11 Comments

  • Cindy & Dennis Posted January 19, 2023 7:21 pm

    Connie, We are so very sorry for your loss and are praying for you and your family. We love you guys so much. Anything you need, please call.

  • Dave Hellerich Posted January 20, 2023 9:16 am

    So sorry to hear this, have lot’s of memories of Jack both in Nam and here at home. RIP.

  • Karen and Wade Farr Posted January 20, 2023 10:06 am

    so sorry to hear this sending prayers to you and family

  • Paul and Courtney Plume Posted January 20, 2023 11:42 am

    To the Gewinner Families, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Vince’s father. Our sincerest condolences and sympathies to all the family members on this loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you as your journey thru this process of grief of your loved one. May all your your wonderful memories fill up your heart and may tears of sadness, become tears of a life well lived and loved by many.

  • Schreiner Family Posted January 20, 2023 10:44 pm

    In hearing of the passing of Vince’s father we send our deepest sympathies and prayer to help your family during this difficult time.

  • Lisa and David Patton Posted January 21, 2023 10:27 am

    David and I are very sorry, no words can be said, we are praying for all of the family.

  • Matt and Teresa Sobczyk Posted January 21, 2023 10:34 am

    Connie and family we are so sorry for your loss. Jack’s legacy along with yours Connie is the wonderful kids, grandkids and great grandkids that you brought into this world! GOD bless all of you!

  • judy & Rudy Tesar Posted January 22, 2023 10:24 am

    I was so sorry to hear about the death of Jack. He and I went to Bancroft Elementary for 8 years and South High for another 4 years. I have fond memories of him and the Valley Street “gang”, Bill Baker, Bob Simon, and Ron Morroco. Jack was always the quiet one and yet he was fun to be with. Sending his family sincerest sympathies.Judy Jensen Tesar

  • Ed Eller Posted January 23, 2023 10:28 am

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • Norm Gesch Posted January 23, 2023 11:44 am

    Conie, sorry for the loss of Jack. We had a lot of good times shooting & camping, he will missed. Take care of yourself, I’ll keep you in my prayers. God Bless.

  • Jim and Theresa Winship Posted January 29, 2023 7:24 pm

    Gewinner family I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy. You are in my thoughts and daily prayers. God Bless you and yours!

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