Kathleen M. “Tina” Szalewski

Kathleen M. “Tina” Szalewski

February 22, 1949 – October 15, 2022 (73 Years)

Tina touched countless lives and was loved by all that knew her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was affectionately known as “Busia” to her grandchildren. She was always thinking of others before herself and serving their needs. Tina was a devout God-loving Catholic and had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

She never stopped being a mother and would remind those around her to “do the right thing.” Her love for her children was endless, and she absolutely adored her grandchildren.
Tina’s laugh was infectious, and people were naturally drawn to her by her smile. From a young age, Tina loved polka music and was a huge fan of the local bands The Polonairs and Sheelytown. She would incite the crowd to enjoyment by leading the hanky-waving cheers. Tina was a Husker fan and a New York Yankee fan and loved to watch them play. Her favorite vacation destination was Estes Park.

Her Polish cooking was second-to-none.

On October 15th, Tina lost her painful battle with metastatic breast cancer, passing peacefully surrounded by her sons and husband.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Synowicki, brother John Synowicki, brother-in-law Lyle Blum, sister-in-law Doris Synowicki, and nephews Mike Synowicki and Steve Blum.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43+ years, John; sons: John Paul (Holly), Robert (Lindsey), Tim (Morgan), Stephen (Ellie), David (Anna); grandchildren: Luke, Claire, Sophie, Emmett, Noah; siblings Bob, Joe, Rita, Barb, Ed, and Tom; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and in-laws.

VISITATION: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 5PM to 7PM at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7PM

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 10:30AM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Dr, Omaha. Interment at St. John Cemetery.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Memorials will be directed by the family.


  • Tommy Szalewski Posted October 18, 2022 11:09 am

    Aunt Tina will always be a loving, amazing soul and remain in our hearts. Our deepest condolences. Love, Tommy, Kim, Raeleigh, and Emilee

  • Brenda & Len Bogner Posted October 18, 2022 5:51 pm

    Stephen & Ellie and family, our sincere condolences. Your mom was a special person as it was made clear in the way you have lived your life and raised your boys. She will be missed. Love and prayers! Bog & Brenda

  • Darrell Stuedemann Posted October 24, 2022 11:40 am

    John, I am so sorry that you’ve lost Tina. Being married to her must have a fun, crazy ride. My recollection of Tina are her friendliness, her sense of humor, and her laugh. She wasn’t intimidated by me even though my job was to set performance standards for team. I doubt she was intimidated by her her management either. I knew you from IS and bowling league, which is where I probably learned that you were married to her. From what you shared about your career tells me that she was very supportive wife, who like you was up for changes and adventures. I was fortunate to have known Tina and you. God bless you as you move forward with beautiful memories to comfort you.

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