Judith I. “Judy” Schenkelberg

Judith I. “Judy” Schenkelberg

July 24, 1943 – April 30, 2021

 Judith I. “Judy” Schenkelberg passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021. Judy was born on July 24, 1943 in West Point, Nebraska. She graduated from Guardian Angels High School in 1961 and Creighton St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in 1964. On October 14, 1967, she was united in marriage to Richard O. Schenkelberg at Holy Name Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Judy’s exceptional caring and giving spirit served her well in the nursing profession for over 40 years.

She was a member of St. Gerald Catholic Church in Ralston, Nebraska since 1971. Judy’s strong faith and energetic spirit, wisdom and love were felt by many. Her greatest joy in life were her grandchildren and spending time with the many special people in her life. She shared her heart with so many and her special gift was to always make others feel good. She radiated and embraced everybody with kindness, empathy and wisdom.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Richard; parents, Ilda (Zeplin) and Henry Bruning; and brothers, Clem and Harold. She is survived by children: Lisa Fedde (Don), Greg Schenkelberg, and Gina Sander; grandchildren: Sam, Max, Cooper, Ariana, and Olivia; brother, Jerry Bruning (Marilyn); sister-in-law, Pat Bruning; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

VISITATION: Tuesday, May 4th from 4pm to 7pm at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St., with Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard presentation at 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, May 5th at 10am, St. Gerald Catholic Church.  Interment: Omaha National Cemetery at 1pm.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click on the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.



  • Danielle Ratzlaff Posted May 1, 2021 6:29 pm

    I don’t know how to begin or where to start. I’m so sorry for all the hurt and pain that you are all going through right now. Your mom absolutely and genuinely was the epitome of what a beautiful person inside and out is. She reflected this beauty in EVERYTHING. She loved so big and so graciously! Just as the many, many others can relate—I was welcomed into your family because I’m beyond blessed that Gina is one of my very best friends—my forever and always friend. My BFFE! Your mom meant so much to me and I loved her so very much. Your Dad too. There was a night that they both shared some photos with me and I got to hear about their love story and it was so perfect. Their love story is truly perfect. I thank you all for sharing your family’s love with so many. That love picked me up more times than I can count and I am grateful beyond measure. Your mom’s love is forever and is reflected in your beautiful family! love you, Mama Schenkelberg! ❤️

  • Richard Vance Posted May 1, 2021 6:34 pm

    The world has lost a treasure, creating a huge void in my life, and I know the void is being felt by anyone within the presence of Judy . She brought out the best in everyone with whom she had contact, just an incredible loss, she could just make you feel good about yourself, and knew what mentoring was all about……….she set the bar just a bit higher for most people to even dream about. An amazing woman and above. all, set a moral standard very difficult for most to achieve. She will be missed………absolutely missed,

  • Janice Harrison Posted May 1, 2021 7:42 pm

    You Mom would light up a room just by walking into it. What a special lady. She will be missed by so so many.
    Thoughts and prayers to all of you as you navigate through this loss.

  • Dawn, Joel,Nathan and Sarah McCray Posted May 1, 2021 10:37 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Judy was such a blessing to the world and will be missed by all. I have the fondest of memories of hanging out at the Schenkelberg’s and loved your mom very much. May God bless you all and bring you peace in the coming months. May you Rest in Peace Judy.

  • Jeff Palensky Posted May 1, 2021 10:39 pm

    To all of the Schenkelberg family: I want to express my deepest condolences to all of your family at this time. As you may or may not know, my mother Cathie Palensky passed away on her 88th birthday on April 22nd, 2021. When I saw that your dear had passed, I was heartbroken for all of you. There are no words that are fitting that I can think of to express my grief. The only thing I can say is that your mother (along with us) serve a loving, caring Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus the Christ (and the comforting thing to remember is that she is with your father Richard [Dick as we all called him]). God will see to it that you all are taken care of in only the ways that He can do. Much love, thoughts, and prayers are with all at this time. God bless all of you.

  • Denne McKeever Posted May 2, 2021 8:43 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you on the loss of this lovely and loving lady.

  • Rose Ann K Jones Posted May 2, 2021 11:10 am

    We loved her so Much!

  • Roberta Fulton Posted May 2, 2021 1:14 pm

    Lisa and family – My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family in the loss of your dear mother. My deepest condolences- Roberta

  • Tina Vrbka Posted May 2, 2021 3:10 pm

    To the Fedde and Schenkelberg families. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you..

  • Melinda Snipes Posted May 2, 2021 6:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Lisa, your mom’s caring spirit lives on through you and the rest of her loved ones. Prayers for peace and comfort for you all! Hugs to you Lisa!

  • Nancy Gruwell Posted May 2, 2021 8:32 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I know as wonderful and caring as Judy’s children are that she was an amazing individual. There is nothing that will ease the pain today, but hold onto all the beautiful memories that I know your family has created. Wishing all of you the best during this time of heartbreak.

  • Denise M Cannon Posted May 3, 2021 7:18 am

    So sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed your mom when I’d see her at Bergan and then so happy to see her @ Think. She was always lovely & had such a beautiful smile. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have. Prayers for all of you.

  • Cassie Di Mauro Posted May 3, 2021 8:30 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cassie Di Mauro (HDR)

  • Heidi Schenkelberg Stephenson Posted May 3, 2021 4:02 pm

    I remember Judy and Dick when visiting us in Eugene, Oregon. She was such a gentle and kind person.

  • Molly M cCoy Posted May 3, 2021 4:04 pm

    Such a wonderful lady and so kind to all. I was lucky to have had lunch with her and Barb Schenkelberg twice the last month and had a wonderful visit and will always remember her kindness. Molly McCoy

  • Jackie Lohrke Posted May 3, 2021 5:48 pm

    Greg and Family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Although I never got to meet her, I can tell from the other condolences expressed that she was an amazing person. My sincere condolences to each of you.

  • Lynn Retter Posted May 4, 2021 9:32 am

    Prayers and love to all the Schenkelberg children. Your parents were truly extraordinary as you well know. Judy was a blessing, and I was so happy to have worked with her at the beginning of my nursing career. She only brought joy, care and empathy to others throughout her life. No one like her. 💗

  • Susan Danielson Posted May 4, 2021 10:09 am

    Such a classy and loving lady whom shall be deeply missed by many. Fly with the angels Dear Judy!

  • Mark and Karen Sowash Posted May 4, 2021 5:47 pm

    Gina we are so sorry about the loss of your Mom. She had to be a wonderful & caring woman to have raised a daughter as great as you are. It is very hard to lose a parent, but know that you are not alone. You have family and friends around you to help support you thru this difficult time. Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family.

  • Robert Dellutri Posted May 4, 2021 6:00 pm

    My deepest condolences to Lisa, Greg, Gina, family and friends. This is want I truly believe.. God reach out his hand and said this two wonderful people must be together 52 years ago. Dick and Judy were meant to be husband and wife forever. They both gave us so much joy and happiness to all that had the honor to know and love them. I really think God heard Dick and Judy’s loneliness for each other and reach out His hand once again and placed them together forever once again. I have requested a full mass for Dick and Judy from my church as well as the placement of their names in the church’s prayer book.

  • Irene Purchase Posted May 5, 2021 5:10 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was never able to meet her, but by knowing Greg she was an amazing person. May God give the courage and strength now and always. This life is not our final resting place.

  • Deb Sullivan Posted May 5, 2021 10:17 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Words can express how sincerely sorry I am for your loss.

  • Amy Horst Posted May 6, 2021 11:22 am

    Greg & families — so sorry for your loss! You have my prayers as you all go thru this difficult time.

  • Sarah Mitchell Posted December 9, 2021 3:54 pm

    I knew Judy working at Bergan She was fun to be around and very kind. I was greatly saddened by her passing. I felt honored to have had interactions with her. It sounded like she had a full life. Rest In Peace you will be missed

  • Sarah Mitchell Posted December 9, 2021 3:56 pm

    I knew Judy working at Bergan She was fun to be around and very kind. I was greatly saddened by her passing. I felt honored to have had interactions with her. It sounded like she had a full life. you will be missed

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