Kimberly J. Patera, D.V.M.

Kimberly J. Patera, D.V.M.

December 9, 1973 – October 11, 2018

Survived by mother, Kathleen A. Patera; brother, Kevin Patera (Dawn); niece, Molly; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 16th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, October 17th at 10:30am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Dr.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Nebraska Humane Society.



  • Angela Ramirez Posted October 13, 2018 9:29 am

    Kim was the a beautiful ray of sunshine and healing light. She was very kind and loving to animals and people alike. She has left a void in many hearts. Please know that I am here if you need anything at all.

  • Michelle Filips Posted October 13, 2018 4:13 pm

    Kim will be remembered as a very compassionate kind person, that left her touch on everyone she was in contact with. She helped me when I needed her, and I will always remember her kindness. She was ~incredible~ and will be missed by all. My condolences to her family.

  • CJ Chelin Posted October 13, 2018 8:24 pm

    All at SAR Unit K9 Search and Rescue wish to express sincere condolences to those who love Kim. We were truly blessed to have shared our life experiences with her. Her humor, compassion, sincerity, and talent is an inspiration to so many.

  • Callie Herman Posted October 14, 2018 12:54 pm

    Dr Patera you will be greatly missed by family friends co workers and clients I know you you will continue to watch over my boys they can use you as a guardian angel love and prayers
    Callie and family ❤

  • Christina A Collins Posted October 14, 2018 6:05 pm

    KI’m was an inspiration for so many. Patient, compassionate, friendly, loyal, mentor, smart, and witty are a few words to describe her. I only wish I told her how much she meant to me. She taught me SO much. She was an amazing mentor and instrumental to my success. She is loved by so many and I assure you, she will not be forgotten. May we all keep our memories alive and remember Kim for our lifetime. Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, and coworkers. I live in Florida now though there is anything I can do, please reach out to me.

  • Heather Burwell Posted October 15, 2018 11:01 am

    The team at VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center want to express our deepest sympathies on the passing of Dr. Patera. We are sharing many memories today of her and her dedication to the veterinary community. Her passion for teaching and the care she gave will continue to make an impact for years to come.

  • Alison Diesel Posted October 15, 2018 11:12 am

    Sending prayers and love to all of Kim’s family and friends. Always a bright light during the days of vet school. I will miss her deeply…

  • Kirsten Graves Posted October 15, 2018 1:22 pm

    She was so amazingly compassionate towards our entire furry clan. She educated in such a way that it didn’t make you feel dumb. She cried with us when we had to make tough decisions. We are so blessed to have had her in our lives. Her loss will be felt for a while. If I can do anything, please let me know!

  • Anderson Ponce Posted October 15, 2018 4:06 pm

    Sending my prayers and sincere condolences to Dr. Patera’s family, she was such kind and compassionate person, loving to my dog Bruno, she was Bruno’s vet for more than 10 years’ and all this time she was consistently kind and loving. I just said thanks Dr. Patera in behalf of Bruno ! We are going to missed her!

    Anderson & Bruno
    Blessing for her and family!

  • Sarah Hicks-Neisius Posted October 15, 2018 4:17 pm

    My heart aches for the loss of Kim. She was an amazing friend in vet school- our study sessions at Radina’s coffee house, Little Apple Brewery, or Tuttle Lake are moments I always think of when I think of her. She had genuine kindness and compassion. Her laugh is something I will always remember. Those memories help to fill the void in my heart. I pray that the years of great memories will help to fill the void in yours. Sending all my love.

  • Jeremiah Circo & Ducky Posted October 15, 2018 5:47 pm

    Dr. Patera will be missed and loved by all.

  • Elaine and Johan Sednek Posted October 15, 2018 8:15 pm

    Kim has left her mark on all of us with her uplifting energy and spirit. Thoughts and prayers to all the family.

  • Elaine Starks Posted October 15, 2018 11:15 pm

    It’s terrible to hear about this loss, and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Dr.Patera was a wonderful soul and will be deeply missed. The Urgent Pet Care family is praying that her family is given the strength needed to get through this time.

  • Chris Schaecher Posted October 16, 2018 6:59 am

    Dr. Patera was the finest vet I’ve ever met. Her smile was beautiful and contagious. She had such a calming and fun personality. She really care about her patients and their families. Such a beautiful person inside and out. I’ll miss her kind demeanor and expertise. Gone way too soon. St. Francis of Asissi must have really needed her in heaven. God bless Dr. Patera and her loved ones.

  • Rose & Jim Kitta and the “Heartland” fur kids Posted October 16, 2018 7:25 am

    Sending prayers of love and comfort to all who are hurting in feeling the loss of Kim. She was my “go to” veterinarian for each & every one of my fur kids and finding someone to even come close to matching her knowledge, compassion, kindness will be very hard. We will miss her greatly and remember her with love.

  • ann hoschler Posted October 16, 2018 11:54 am

    You raised a beautiful , strong, courageous daughter, Mrs. Patera. Thank you so much. So many animals and people benefited from Kim.

  • Ana Palma Posted October 16, 2018 4:28 pm

    I am deeply sadden by the passing of Dr. Patera. She loved my Bruno (Springer Spaniel) as her own. I will miss my visits with you, doctor <3, I will dearly miss talking about Bruno's and your dog GUSS day-to-day activities and playful moments. God Bless you! My family and I love you. God Rest your soul. Ana

  • Cathy Tebo Posted October 16, 2018 5:31 pm

    Dr Patera will be miss by the Tebo crew. We will miss her knowledge and friendship. Sending prayers to her family.

  • Ranette Posted October 16, 2018 5:48 pm

    My last dog saw all the vets at her office. He loved them all. I will remember her kindness, thoughtful care of him. I think of him running to her in heaven like hey I know you. Wagging his tail for her.

  • Corbin Hodges Posted October 17, 2018 7:28 am

    I met Kim in veterinary school and was always impressed by her positivity. She was such fun to be around and always knew how to lighten up the mood. She was often the smartest one in the group but was so good at pretending not to be for the rest of us. I will be praying for her family at this time and hope they know how many lives Kim touched.

  • Eric Thompson Posted October 17, 2018 6:45 pm

    Dr Patera will be missed by all who knew her. Always friendly and smiling, impeccable professionalism, and honest care for all of her patients and their families. She was more than a doctor, to many she was a great friend too. Deepest condolences to Dr Patera’s family and friends.

  • Harvey Oaks Animal Hospital Posted October 19, 2018 8:54 am

    We are sorry to hear about the loss of Dr. Patera. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family and friends at this time.

  • Brandi Holys, Deuce & Mischa Posted October 19, 2018 8:31 pm

    My condolences to family and colleagues as they process deep grief. Dr. Patera was a professional and loving veterinarian, among the 24th Street team, to my pets before I moved my pets out of state for a temp business relocation. I deeply feel loss for not only a consummate and trusted veterinary professional who advised me, but also for one of the kindest souls I have been blessed with meeting. Two years ago as I had to send my girl dog over the rainbow bridge during a time in my life where I felt very alone and scared, Dr. Patera was there for not only my dog but for me. While providing loving medical care for my dog, she provided the deepest compassion and care to me, when I needed it the most. She helped me carry my heavy heart and do right by my loving, furry companion, and for that I will be forever grateful. May knowing the impact she had on both animals and their people, provide some solace during this time of grief. My deepest sympathies.

  • The Fanciullo Family Posted October 20, 2018 7:20 pm

    We are saddened to hear of Dr. Patera’s passing. What a wonderful and gentle person!! She will be missed by all !
    The Fanciullo Family

  • Elisabeth Posted November 2, 2018 10:55 am

    It was so easy to put all my trust in Kim, knowing that my animals were receiving the best care from a deeply empathetic, skilled person, She was with me in the room when one of my cat’s took his last breath. Just like me, Kim also had tears in her eyes, approaching me for a hug me when she sensed the time was right, helping to take the sting out of a deeply painful moment. Her care and support won’t be forgotten.

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