Lauren J. Hewitt

Lauren J. Hewitt

February 24, 1960 – June 11, 2019

Preceded in death by parents, Lorin and Esther Fritsch.  Survived by husband, John; children: Mark, Grant (Lauren), and Samuel; sisters: Vicki Patterson (Gary), Connie Collin (Dan), and Cara Simpson (Randy); numerous nieces and nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Saturday, June 22nd at 11am at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 510 North 93rd St. in Omaha.  Private Interment.

Memorials are suggested to St. Timothy Lutheran Church.



  • LuAnn Hestermann Posted June 13, 2019 7:37 am

    John, Mark, Grant and Sam, Our thoughts and prayers to you as you grieve the loss of your wife and Mother. Take comfort knowing Laurie is at peace in God’s loving arms. A most gracious, kind and loving woman that will be remembered for her big heart and thoughtful ways. Love to you all.

    • Layne Nelson Posted June 13, 2019 11:19 pm

      Lauren was the kindest sweetest person I have ever known always had a smile for everyone and a kind word she will be greatly missed my prayers and thought are with you John Mark Grant and Sam and family as you go through this you will know she’s in a much better place with our Lord you’ll always have her memories and love

  • Craig Wiles Posted June 13, 2019 7:39 am

    My heart goes out to all of you. Laurie was such a positive woman and always lifted my spirits on the worst days. She brought so much life to me and to Crestridge. I will always cherish the memories and all the time she bailed me out. Gods love and peace be with you all.

  • Kevin and Trish Schneider Posted June 13, 2019 9:00 am

    John, Mark, Grant, Sam——Laurie was an incredible person and we are honored to have been blessed with knowing her. Please take comfort in each other and in knowing what an incredible, positive impact she made on this world. Kevin and Trish

  • Lauri Roberts Posted June 13, 2019 10:45 am

    John, Mark, Grant and Sam.
    I was blessed to not only know Laurie, but worked with her for 7 years at Crestridge. She was my youngest son’s reading teacher and he was blessed with getting to meet Clayton Anderson when she set up his visit to Crestridge, I still have the picture of her with them on my fridge. My oldest son, Zach, had Mark as his teacher at Millard North High. She touched our lives in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers to you all at this time. Hugs to you all!

  • Mark and Lana Christensen Posted June 13, 2019 4:10 pm

    John, Mark, Grant and Sam,
    Laurie was the kindest, most positive person we know. The courage, positive attitude and grace she showed in her battle was remarkable and will serve as an ideal for all who knew her. Our hearts go out to you.

  • Nita Frost Posted June 13, 2019 11:39 pm

    Laurie was such a loving, kind, positive woman. I was blessed by working with Laurie at Crestridge when our classes were reading buddies her first year at Crestridge and also when she was the reading teacher. She was an excellent teacher. I also taught Mark and Grant when they were in 5th grade. May God guide and comfort you during this very difficult time. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Nita Frost

  • Lori Seehausen Posted June 14, 2019 1:50 am

    John, Mark, Grant, and Sam…. How does one find the right words to describe your loving and caring wife, mother, co-worker and friend… I will always be thankful the Lord put her in my life … she always gave me hope during my darkest days of my personal life …. she reminded me so many times that beauty rises from the ashes …. that love conquers all…. and to always find the good in every situation and person … I will always remember and cherish our time in sharing a classroom …the times we cried, laughed and supported each other ..

    . I know that there is not enough words that I can say that can make you feel any better…. however, I can pray to the Lord our God to give your strength and courage to endure your sorrow and sadness…. to give your hearts and minds peace beyond all understanding …. and encouragement to continue your lives in the love that your wife and mother gave to each of you ….

    With a grieving heart….

    Lori Seehausen

  • Jen Eggley Posted June 14, 2019 7:40 am

    John, Mark, Grant & Sam…our thoughts and prayers are with each of you right now! There are no words I can say that will ease the pain, but please know we will continue to pray for each of you. As all have said above, Laurie was one of the kindest people we have ever met! When we moved in next door, she immediately welcomed us to the neighborhood and introduced us to your lovely family. She was always outside to say hello and to enjoy a walk in the neighborhood!! We are forever grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know you all and we will miss her greatly!

  • Susan Kippley Posted June 14, 2019 1:43 pm

    John, Mark, Grant , Lauren, and Sam, and family,
    I feel so blessed to have gotten to know Lori through law school friendships. I cannot begin to imagine your life without her. I loved Lori upon “hello”. It is her inviting smile and warm personality that I will treasure forever. The world is a better place bause she was in it.

  • Mike and Diane Huffer Posted June 16, 2019 2:44 pm

    John, Mark, Grant, and Sam: We want to let you know how much we loved Laurie, and we are praying for your family at this time. Laurie has a very special place in our hearts. She was a very kind and caring person that made a difference in this world. We will miss her laughter and great sense of humor. She always saw the positive in everything. She is with the angels now.

  • Lynette & Paul Krieger Posted June 17, 2019 3:36 pm

    John, Lynette and I are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Diane Lanxon (Mcvay) Posted June 18, 2019 3:07 am

    Sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing we were childhood friends grew up a block apart in our hometown Auburn, Ne . Prayers for the family.

  • Matt and Barb Gibbens Posted June 18, 2019 8:45 am

    John and family we are very sorry for your loss.

  • Dwight Wininger Posted June 18, 2019 10:49 am

    John and family, you are in my prayers at this time. Lauren and I grew up together in the Auburn area and we were in many activities together (choir, band, swing choir, school clubs, etc.). She had such a sweet personality and was someone I will always have very fond memories of.

  • Nancy Nuckolls Videtich Posted June 18, 2019 11:02 am

    I remember you guys from Hastings College and am so sad to hear about Laurie!! Thinking of you and your family John. I am so so sorry.

  • VIRGINIA OVERCASH Posted June 18, 2019 2:55 pm

    Allen and I send our heartfelt sympathies. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories.

  • Gaye Lannan Posted June 18, 2019 3:49 pm

    John and family,
    Burke High School offers our condolences and support to you all during this time. We hold fond memories of Lauren and have such gratitude for her. She demonstrated care and concern for others and gave freely of her time, talents and beautiful smile. We must never minimize the kindness one gives to others. Lauren gave it just by recognizing the presence of others and through many other intentional acts. May your fond memories of Lauren comfort you and give you grace. Thank you for being a part of the Burke family.

  • Janet & David Kohll Posted June 18, 2019 7:08 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Laurie. She always had a ready smile and was so nice to talk to at sporting events throughout the years. We first got to know her back when Mark and Grant ran Burke Cross Country with our oldest son. She was generous in so many ways. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Norma Johnson Posted June 19, 2019 11:22 am

    John, Mark, Grant & Sam
    My sympathy, prayers and love to you. When I lived in Omaha and attended St. Timothy’s Lutheran, I always took delight in the times I got to visit with the Hewitt family after church. Laurie was the kindest, sweetest, most positive person and she had such pride in her awesome sons. John, I don’t know the details or if she had been sick or if this was sudden — loss either way is a life trauma. My prayers will continue as you celebrate her life, adjust to her death and move to God’s healing for you as a family. Love, prayers and sympathies!

  • I Jane Jones Posted June 19, 2019 1:42 pm

    My heart goes out to the family. Laurie was such a wonderful person. She always was so encouraging to me. I am with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you mourn. Your memories will always be in your heart. Jane Jones

  • Shari Hecht Koelzer Posted June 19, 2019 9:41 pm

    Dear John and family. I am so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. Even though we haven’t spoken or seen each other in years, I have many fond memories of times at Hastings College and after. Her smile lit up the room and Ill never forget her laugh or her beautiful blue eyes. Gods blessing and love to you at this difficult time.

  • Steve McLaughlin Posted June 21, 2019 5:08 pm

    John and family, i just wanted to let you know that I’m really sorry for your loss. Laurie was a wonderful person! I remember how she brightened every room she entered. My prayers are with you! May God bless Laurie in Heaven and give you strength and peace here on Earth… Steve McLaughlin

  • Mary Vaughan Posted June 21, 2019 9:07 pm

    John …I have carried the heart of you and Laurie with me for decades as our college years were such a special time. SO much friendship and all the terrific beginnings of who all of us would become. You supported my art along the way which meant so much to me. To hear of this amazing woman and friend leaving us broke my heart. I have no words to ease your sorrow or to describe how I felt about Laurie- only to say she was the essence of love and infinite light. Your own humor and steadfast ways only added to her abundance and joy. This life is filled with loss and challenges with no guarantees, but please know John the kind of love you and Laurie had was the kind we all admired. I am sure she had no choice here and had to leave us, far too early, but as long as you and your boys are here, so is wonderful dear Laurie. I know I will never forget her and carry her with me, still, in hopes I will see her again one day when I am called forward. Mary

  • Ashley Willson Posted June 22, 2019 11:34 am

    Laurie’s smile could light up a room! She was such a positive person. I had the privilege to not only work with her In a parent capacity (Sam was in my first class I ever taught) but as a colleague as well. Laurie was a joy to be around. I’m so sorry for your loss! She will truly be missed.

  • Lori Gottula Posted June 23, 2019 11:37 am

    To all of Laurie’s family: What a bright ray of sunlight! I was in the class behind her at Auburn High School (Lori Kimball), and we had a great time in band, choir, show choir, and a couple of plays. She was such a gentle soul, and so full of life and compassion. I am so sorry for your loss, and will be praying for strength for all of you to get through this. She has been called home.

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