Kathleen “Suzie” (Tjaden) Klosterman

Kathleen “Suzie” (Tjaden) Klosterman

May 11, 1953 – December 24, 2019


Kathleen “Suzie” (Tjaden) Klosterman, 66, of Omaha, passed away peacefully at the Josie Harper Hospice House on December 24 after suffering a stroke.

Suzie was born to Helen and Harold Tjaden in Hastings, Nebraska.  After graduating from St. Cecilia’s High School and Benedictine College, she dedicated her life to helping others, in Omaha, first as a teacher and then a guidance counselor.  Suzie was the recipient of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000.  She truly made a difference in the lives of all those she touched.  Her family, friends and countless others in the community will miss her deeply.

Suzie was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Harold.  She is survived by her husband, Don; daughter, Bridget; son, Joe (Colin); siblings: Michaela (Jim) Warden, Patricia (Mark) Flack, Margaret (John) Welch, Kurt (Ann) Tjaden, Bridget (Paul) Erickson, Chris (Janine) Tjaden and Greg (Nancy) Tjaden; and many loving family and friends.

Special thanks to the care providers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Family will receive friends Friday, December 27th from 6pm to 8pm, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church (6116 Dodge St.) followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 8pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, December 28th, 10am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Private INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to CUES, Skutt Catholic High School or Mount Saint Scholastica Benedictine Nuns.




  • Michelle Gifford Posted December 25, 2019 6:45 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I worked with Susie at Pottery Barn. She was a wonderful person.

  • elizabeth hajek Posted December 25, 2019 7:07 am

    Such a beautiful light! You will be missed.

  • Doug Goebel Posted December 25, 2019 7:36 am

    Susie was one of the best. My condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed. RIP, Susie.

  • Craig and Vicki Wilson Posted December 25, 2019 8:44 am

    I know that words can’t describe the sorrow you must feel. Know that we will be praying for you and your family. Also know that God will carry you and support you through these times of trial and suffering. We love you Craig and Vicki

  • Steve Walline Posted December 25, 2019 10:03 am

    I am shocked and saddened at the loss of my energetic cousin. With her passing the world will be missing a wonderful energetic committed lady.My condolences go to all her siblings.

  • Jeremy Moore Posted December 25, 2019 10:15 am

    Prayers to the entire Klosterman family.

  • Ann Sandhorst Posted December 25, 2019 10:23 am

    I have no words for the shock and sorrow of this news. Prayers and love for the Klosterman/Tjaden families.

  • Brytten Sorgenfrei Posted December 25, 2019 10:35 am

    We are going to miss your contagious laugh and perfect smile. You made an impact everywhere you went. I will always cherish the wonderful soccer memories with you and Coach. You were a shoulder to lean on as my Mom away from home during my college years. You supported and loved everyone you met. Keep shinning your light from above. So much love to Coach and Family. May you all find comfort and peace in all the wonderful memories.
    Love, Brytten

  • Vicki Lynn Posted December 25, 2019 10:51 am

    Prayers for the family. Suzy brought a smile to everyone. There was a twinkle in her eyes that made everyone feel safe, loved, and like family. Thank you for sharing your gift, you will be missed.

  • Christy Stangler Posted December 25, 2019 2:33 pm

    Suzie. it is with a very heavy heart that I must say goodbye to an exceptional friend!! With over 40 years of memories, it just doen’t seem to be enough!!
    ” Hold onto your fork, the best is yet to come!!)
    Love. Christy Stangler

  • Candy Higgins Posted December 25, 2019 3:11 pm

    She was such a fun person. Full
    Of laughter and joy. She will
    Be missed

  • Joe English Posted December 25, 2019 3:26 pm

    Don & Family – my deepest sympathies at this sad time, I am sending prayers for your peace & God Bless

  • Clarice Krepela Posted December 25, 2019 8:02 pm

    To Suzie’s family, or Sue, as I recall we called her when I taught with her at Central Park, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are being sent to you. Sue was energetic and wanted to make good things happen for her students. I enjoyed working with her, and having her on our staff. She was very proud of her family, and we would hear what things Bridget and Joe were doing. So very sorry to know that you have lost your special wife, Don. May the Lord send you peace and comfort.

  • Doug Dyksterhuis Posted December 25, 2019 9:15 pm

    Don and family, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Much love and prayers in difficult time.

  • Beth Strominger Posted December 26, 2019 8:32 am

    Suzie was a bright beacon in this world. She had a heart of gold and made a difference in the lives of everyone she came in contact with. We will all miss her.

  • Ron Lehmann Posted December 26, 2019 11:21 am

    Suzie was taken much too fast and much too soon. There is no one who added so much energy and so much love into everything she did. A loyal friend, loving parent, excellent teacher and devoted to her entire family. She will be missed more than my words could ever capture. My love and prayers to Don, Bridget, Joe and Colin; it will be a long, rough road ahead.

  • Sue & John Pflug Posted December 26, 2019 12:39 pm

    Our prayers are with your entire family. We are sorry for the loss of Suzie. She will always have a special part in our heart. We know her from CTK and realized that she knew my dad Jack Cannon from Cannon‘s bar and grill. She was very special to us and always will be. My she rest in peace.

  • Barbara Spitler Posted December 26, 2019 1:47 pm

    I worked with Suzie at Field Club she was a wonderful person she really loved the kids she will really be missed Barbara Spitler

  • Bridget Bauer Posted December 26, 2019 2:06 pm

    I remember Suzie as a bright and shining light, buzzing about campus. Though I was in the class before her, it didn’t matter. Her smile was effervescent and reached everyone. God bless you Don, and your family with strength in these tough times, now and ahead.

    Bridget Bauer, BC-74

  • Doug Miller Posted December 26, 2019 4:45 pm

    Are family is praying and thinking of you and your family during this time. We are saddened to hear the news of your loss. May you find some peace and comfort each day.
    Love, Doug Miller and family

  • Angela (Kros) Cutler Posted December 26, 2019 4:52 pm

    Mr. Klosterman & family –
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your wife, mom and friend. Many loving thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless you and comfort you in all the days ahead.

  • Janice Mohs Posted December 26, 2019 7:37 pm

    God bless your family during this difficult time. I worked with Susie at Pottery Barn and always remember our fun and laughter. I will keep you in my prayers

  • Katie Roedler Posted December 26, 2019 8:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news. God bless your entire family during this difficult time.

  • Jim and Chris Cooney Posted December 26, 2019 8:56 pm

    Our hearts ache for you and your family. We will always cherish knowing Suzie.

  • John & Sally Mernah Posted December 26, 2019 10:31 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Don, Bridget, Joe & Colin
    & Tjaden Family on Heartbreaking loss of dear Suzie. She was taken much too soon & Our Good Lord has future plans beyond our Understanding. She was one in a million personality filled with love , laughter & generosity, that would filled any room with joy & happiness. With Don at her side, they were a Tremendous Team that touch numerous friends, families with their Christian values. Suzie short life with abundance of daily blessings for others was just an example that Our Lord works daily in common Saints & we should follow Susie’s example for many years to come. Suzie thank you for examplary Teacher skills, May God Keep Don & Family now & Forever in His Blessings. Suzie you will always be on Hearts !!!
    Love, John & Sally Mernah

  • Debbie Huninghake Stallbaumer Posted December 27, 2019 6:10 am

    Susie was a delightful person. She was one of the great people on third floor Hemman in our Freshman year at BC. You have my deepest sympathy. May God bring comfort to your family.

  • Rob Wennstedt Posted December 27, 2019 8:10 am

    Don- sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead. Sincerely, Rob and Paula

  • Amy Coacher Posted December 27, 2019 8:24 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Suzie. She was one of my regular customers at Learning HQ teacher store. Suzie was always smiling and upbeat and we would chat for a few minutes whenever she came in. Her dedication to her students was obvious when you spoke to her. You are all in my prayers.

  • Anthony Schenk Posted December 27, 2019 9:18 am

    Prayers to the entire Klosterman family. Suzie always was a bright spot in my day.

  • Janice LaPlante Posted December 27, 2019 3:37 pm

    Suzie was such a bright spirit, who brought goodness and laughter and love to all she touched. We worked together at the Pottery Barn and she was a joy to be with. Her presence will be greatly missed.

  • Shea Gonzales Posted December 27, 2019 4:58 pm

    Don & family,
    I have no words that could ever do justice to the profound sadness and loss you must be experiencing with Suzie’s passing. I was a school counselor with Suzie at OPS and Don was a TeamMates mentor to one of my students at Belle Ryan. She will always be remembered for her generous and giving heart! What a remarkable and selfless person Suzie always was! She made the world a better, more joyful place and for that she will be greatly missed!

  • Victor Hahn Posted December 27, 2019 6:17 pm

    My sincere sympathies to Don and the whole family. Prayers and thoughts are with you as you work through this time.

  • Father Wayne Pavela Posted December 27, 2019 6:54 pm

    To Don and family
    I wish to extend my sympathies and condolences to you at the passing of Suzie. Please know that I will remember her in my prayers and Masses. I will also pray that the Lord comforts you in your loss.
    father wayne

  • Anne and Patrick Nahoney Posted December 27, 2019 7:41 pm

    We were so saddened to hear of Suzie’s death! She was such a happy, kind, vibrant lady who made such a positive difference in this world! We are so sorry to be out of town for her services. We send our love and sympathy!
    Anne and Pat Mahoney

  • Pat and Linda Geary Posted December 28, 2019 11:43 am

    Don, we are sorry to hear of Suzie’s passing back home to the Lord. Both of you are such wonderful and gentle models for all who have been blessed to call you friends. Know we are praying for you and your family daily. Maybe we can do coffee or lunch when this has settled down. Love, Pat and Linda

  • William & Edwina Champenoy Posted December 29, 2019 1:10 pm

    Don, Win and I are so very sorry for your loss! We are out of town for the holidays.
    We send our love to you and your family. And hope all your wonderful memories help you all through this difficult tine.

  • Kevin and Alicia Sypal Posted December 29, 2019 1:37 pm

    What a loss for this earth. I’ve never worked with a better counselor than Susie. I can still hear her jolly yet always reassuring laugh in my mind. She’s an amazing human, and all whose paths crossed hers were very lucky. Especially the students whose lives she touched. We are all better for knowing her. Our thoughts are with your family during this incredibly difficult time.

    Love, Alicia & Kevin

  • Matt & Peggy Manuel Posted December 29, 2019 3:58 pm

    What a shock and huge loss. We are truly saddened that we didn’t have the opportunity to get together during your last visit to St. Louis. Suzy and you were such a great part of our lives and memories at Benedictine. Suzy, you, and your family are in our prayers. Please let us know know if there is anything that we can do for you.
    Matt & Peggy

  • Dianne Cosgrove Posted December 30, 2019 6:45 am

    My heart is broken for you all. God broke the mold when He created your amazing wife and mom. She made an incredible imprint on countless lives.
    I hope this song brings you comfort and peace.

  • Carol Schoberg curran Posted January 4, 2020 9:20 am

    Don and family, Jay and I are deeply shocked and saddened with this news. Just saw this today, Susie is remembered from BC days with joy.
    Carol(Schoberg)and jay curran

  • Wendy Welch Posted January 7, 2020 6:04 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss to Suzie’s. Family.
    She was such a wonderful person.
    She was my Grandsons councilor at Field Club.
    She helped us over and above.
    God bless

  • Allan Kitten Posted January 23, 2020 8:55 am

    Suzie and I were classmates from Kindergarten thru our senior year at St. Cecilia High School. I have nothing but fond memories of Suzie. She will never be forgotten. God just got another beautiful angel to overlook us all.
    God’s blessings to the Klosterman and Tjaden families.

  • Jessica Parks Posted January 2, 2021 6:09 am

    RIP Mrs Klosterman. She was my guidance counselor at Lothrop Elementary when I was in second grade, 24-25 years ago. I thought of her tonight having a conversation about my father who passed due to cancer in 1994. My counselor, who was the sweetest lady ever, Mrs Klosterman and my 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Butera came to his funeral. A memory I will never forget. I wanted to say thanks so I googled her name only to find out she died a year ago. 😢 To her family, I send my condolences to you. She was a special lady who I never forgot even at age 33.

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