Kathleen Rose Abel
November 11, 1928 – November 28, 2020
Kathleen was born in South Omaha to Joseph and Margaret Mullaly in 1928. She attended St Bridget’s grade school, St John’s high school, and Duchesne College, graduating in 1949. She taught elementary school in Omaha for several years. Kathleen married Howard Selling in 1958 and had four children. Kathleen lived in Omaha, Nebraska; Waterloo, Iowa; and Strafford, Pennsylvania; returning to Omaha upon Howard’s death in 1975.
Kathleen married Robert “Bob” Abel in 1983, and the couple celebrated their 37th anniversary in October. She was an accomplished bridge player, past member of the Duchesne Alumnae Board, and former president of the Christ Child Society. Kathleen and Bob enjoyed their retirement years together, wintering in South Padre Island, Texas, for several years and spending time with their many friends. She especially loved being with her family – including her children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Sunday dinners with “Nini” will always have a special place in the hearts of her family.
Kathleen will be remembered as a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother; loyal friend; and devout Catholic. She was a long-time member of Christ the King parish and current member of St Vincent de Paul parish. Kathleen passed away on November 28, 2020, at Lakeside Hospital, following a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Robert W. Abel; children: Mark Selling (Teresa), Joan Johnson (Alan), Ann Selling (Wendy Schrupp), and Susan Heavey (William Jr.); step-children, Robert E. Abel and Laura L. Abel; eleven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Marge Stratman and Rita Peters; brother, Terry Mullaly; and husband, Howard Selling.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her for her kindness, quick wit, and generous spirit.
PRIVATE FAMILY MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, December 3rd at 10:30am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, the Poor Clare Nuns, or Salvation Army.
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