Judith “Judy” Maniscalco

Judith “Judy” Maniscalco

September 17, 1939 – October 15, 2021

Age 82.  Passed away in Omaha, Nebraska.

Judy was born in Omaha, NE, the oldest of three children.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s in Counseling from UNO.  From there Judy became a life-long educator who enjoyed teaching and counseling the youth in the Omaha Public School system.

Judy had many interests.  In her earlier years she enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Greece, Italy and the Southwest.  She did some freelance writing which included writing and publishing some short stories, poems, and magazine articles.  Judy was an avid reader and enjoyed numerous book clubs over the years.  She also attended and volunteered at the Omaha Playhouse.  Later in life, she found a passion for painting and enjoyed painting a variety of subjects including florals, abstracts and still life.  Judy was even commissioned to do a few art projects over the years.  She affiliated herself with the Second Unitarian Church where she attended coffee talks and services online the past couple of years.

Judy’s wish was to be cremated and to have a new tree planted in a beautiful location in the Omaha area.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Louise Maniscalco of Omaha, NE; beloved nephew, Vince Maniscalco.  She is survived by her children: Ted Bertacini (Donna) of Oxford, Michigan, Dawn Ryan (Bob) of Omaha, NE; siblings, Richard Maniscalco (Deb) of Green Valley, Arizona, Lory Jones of Omaha, NE; grandchildren: Dominic and Joe Bertacini of Oxford, Michigan, Evan Ryan (Jackie) of Omaha, NE; and extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Assistance Fund or OPS Foundation.

The Assistance Fund:

Online donations made to tafcares.org
(In the “why you chose” box please write Judy’s and Epilepsy Group)

By mail, please send your donation to-
(Please include Judy’s name and Epilepsy Group on the check)
The Assistance Fund
4700 Millenia Blvd, Suite 410
Orlando, FL  32839

OPS Foundation:

Online donations made at omahapublicschoolsfoundation.org/donate

By mail, please send your donation to:
Omaha Schools Foundation
ATTN: Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director
3861 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68131

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 23rd from 11am to 1pm followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 1pm, all at the West Center Chapel.

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


  • Michael and Abbie McElligott Posted October 21, 2021 5:42 am

    Wishing you and your family our Best.

  • Charlie woram Posted October 21, 2021 6:21 am

    Thank you Judy for your life.

  • Kay Gardner Posted October 21, 2021 7:19 am

    I will miss you Judy…you were always the dearest and sincerest friend ever.

  • Jeff fidrler Posted October 21, 2021 8:23 pm

    Can’t say enough about this lady’s place in my life.

    As a boy growing up in Omaha, her son Ted was my best friend for years. I’ll never forget the apricot tree in her back yard, daily games of horse shoes and the joy of discovering each Beatles album as we bought them at “the Center” every time we had an extra $3.99

    I will always remember you “Mrs Ted”

    Rest In Peace!

  • Mary Spurgeon Posted October 22, 2021 3:01 pm

    Many years ago, Judy was a member of a Sunday Lunch group. She lastingly enriched us with her ideas and the energy of her presence. We are grateful.

    Deepest sympathy to Judy’s family and friends.

    May you have PEACE.

  • Sharon Clawson Posted October 22, 2021 3:08 pm

    Judy was a friend who I met through Omaha Artists, Inc. She was so friendly and kind, always with a smile on her face. She was on my Art Show Committee for many years, and all of us enjoyed her warmth and ideas. I did not keep in contact once she quit driving, and I regret that. She will be missed.

  • Lowell Fideler Posted October 25, 2021 8:31 pm

    So sorry to learn of Judy’s passing. A big part of my childhood was spent at her house spending time with Ted. I was a couple years old than Ted but remember Judy used to pay me to babysit Ted and Dawn. Imagine getting paid to hang out with your best friends. Her generosity, humor and the thoughtful way she would engage us kids in conversation when we visited – wonderful memories. RIP Judy. PS: I informed my parents of Judy’s passing and they pass on their condolences as well.

  • Lynette Jones Posted July 24, 2023 12:44 am

    I will miss you Aunt Judy. Your awesome sense of humor, your common sense, your strength, your sense of adventure and your loving eyes. I always knew you loved me throughout my lifetime. Thank you for being the Only person who tried to help me. Judy was a guidance counselor at North High school. My family had just moved to Omaha and myself and my siblings were being horribly abused by our stepfather and mother. One day I came to school with a whole hand print bruise on one side of my face. Judy called DHS to report the abuse. I’ll never forget her for that. After my parents ultimately stole my first born and threw me out into the street Judy would Pray with me, encourage me and give me strength. You accepted me you believed in me you loved me no matter what. I’ll never forget that. I love you! I’ll miss you! I hope we meet again someday. You were always a beautiful and amazing person in my eyes. You were a huge part in why I survived. Thank you. Rest in Peace.
    Lynette Jones

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