Juanita A. Galvan

Juanita Galvan of Omaha, NE went to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday January 9, 2021. Juanita was better known as “Charlie” to all her friends and family. She graduated Kearney Catholic High School and College of St. Mary’s, Omaha.

Charlie was a talented artist who made art appreciation her life’s ambition. For 40 years Charlie owned and operated Gloria’s Custom Framing in Rockbrook Village where she also did paintings and framing restoration. In 1991 she took over operation of the Rockbrook Village Art Fair where her energy was contagious and addictive to all the artists and volunteers. It was her drive that made the Rockbrook art fair the oldest and best in Omaha. Six years ago, Charlie also took over running the Countryside Village Art Fair. She boosted the attendance and greatly improved the caliber of the art in the show. All of this made her biggest wish come true – to bring a true appreciation of the arts to as many people as possible.

Charlie had many interests from art to sports and living life to the fullest. Her love and generous spirit were truly enveloping in that no one was a stranger. She was blessed with fantastic friends, great customers, amazing mentors and business associates who all helped her pursue her passion for art.

Charlie was preceded in death by her mother and father, Merle and Micala Galvan of Kearney, NE; sister, Carmelita; brother, Merle. She is survived by brothers: John, Esteban and Martin; sisters, Vivian and Kathy; several nieces and nephews and an endless host of friends.

“Charlie, Charlie! Our hearts ache with your leaving. We love you and will forever miss you!”


  • Karen Gray Posted January 14, 2021 9:21 am

    Oh Charlie, my dear, dear friend. My heart aches every day and still have a difficult time knowing you are gone. You left this world much too soon. Will miss our times and laughter we had over the years. You were one of a kind. May you be at peace now. Love you forever and missing you with each passing day.

  • Molly Bealle Posted January 14, 2021 10:05 am

    I’m still in shock that Charlie is no longer on this earth. I never got to say thank you for her friendship to my parents. She treated my dad with dignity always and saw my mom through the hardest time in her life. Charlie will be missed beyond words and will be remembered for her generosity and gentility forever!

  • Lee Ann Chinn Posted January 14, 2021 5:31 pm

    I too was totally surprised when we lost Charlie. For the past 13 years she has restored many antique frames for me and the pictures that we have put in them have made them truly family treasures and heirlooms. She will be greatly missed

  • Sandy Kay Hunter Posted January 15, 2021 3:54 pm

    I will miss “Charlie” so much. I enjoyed talking with her at Rockbrook and Countryside for many years. She always came by and looked at my art and told me how much she admired it. She was special.

  • Elaine and Guiteau Lanoue Posted January 15, 2021 7:41 pm

    I was stunned and deeply saddened to hear today of the loss of our beloved Charlie, i say “our” in the sense i thought of her as family and as a fellow artist who has lost a dear friend. I cannot express my deep feelings for her. Seeing her in Omaha was one of the highlights of my year, As i have gotten in age and heard rumors of her leaving, the last time i saw her i told her if she quits than i quit. She is one of the reasons we continued to do the show, The show was truly Charlies show and she made us all feel special. I am going to truly miss her earthly presence. My heartfelt prayers to all her family and friends. May God comfort you all and me as we grieve her loss.

  • Dave and Shari Chleborad Posted January 15, 2021 9:29 pm

    Our deepest condolences to friends and family. Charlie always made us feel welcomed at the art shows and we appreciated her support. Her kindness and sweet nature will be greatly missed.

  • Yolanda Jimenez Posted January 16, 2021 5:51 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Charlie was a very kind and wonderful friend that I had the privilege of knowing. Rest In Peace Charlie, you will be missed.

  • Kyle Knapp Posted January 17, 2021 12:57 pm

    I will miss you my friend.

    To John, Kathy, Marty and the rest of the family, my heart is with you. May you find peace and comfort in this sad time.

  • David Harbin Posted January 18, 2021 11:48 am

    Charlie was a great neighbor and even greater person. She will be sorely missed. My prayers are with all her family. If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out. May God grant her everlasting peace and salvation.

  • Warren and Sharon Harbin Posted January 18, 2021 8:05 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you John and family. If there is anything you need, please let us know. Charlie was a wonderful person and loved living next door to her all these years. May God grant her peace and cover you all in His grace and give you peace knowing that she is loved.

  • Ann O’Hara Posted January 20, 2021 11:40 pm

    The O’Hara family sends our condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. Our parents always enjoyed and appreciated having Charlie as a neighbor. And she was especially caring once Mom was on her own. Charlie would check in on her from time to time. Maybe to help Mom hang a picture or just to say “Hi” but there’s no doubt Charlie had such a good soul, through and through!

  • Jonathon Stopper Posted January 21, 2021 10:14 am

    You will be dearly missed. Enjoyed every conversation we had together these past years.

  • Susan McCulley Posted January 21, 2021 7:46 pm

    I only knew Charlie through participating in the Rockbrook Art Fairs, where I appreciated her advice, energy and dedication for an event she truly loved. It will be hard not to look for her hat and clipboard and she will be missed!

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