Linda Sue Heibel

Linda Sue Heibel

May 24, 1949 – April 26, 2024

Linda Sue Heibel was born on May 24, 1949, in Shelby, Nebraska, to Melbourne Heibel and Arleen Gustafson Heibel.  She died on April 26, 2024, at the Josie Harper Hospice House, Omaha, Nebraska.

Linda was raised in Shelby, Nebraska, and attended Shelby Public Schools, graduating in 1967.  During high school, Linda was involved in a variety of activities.  Linda was a member of the EUB Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir.  Linda was also a longtime member of two 4-H clubs, The Shelby Merry Misses and the Cornhusker Club. Many of her schoolmates remained good friends.

Following graduation, she attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she earned a BS in Elementary Education.  Later she earned an M.S. degree in Educational Administration at UNL.

Linda began her teaching career at Geneva Public Schools in Geneva, Nebraska, where she taught for six years. During her years in Geneva, she met many people who became lifelong friends.  She spent the remainder of her teaching career at Lothrop and Chandler View Elementary Schools in the Omaha Public School District.  She also taught evening classes for several years at the Omaha Home for Boys. Linda’s teaching colleagues became her “buds.” During her tenure at OPS she was honored to receive the Buffet Award for excellence in teaching.

Linda’s hobbies were antiquing, attending Cornhusker sporting events, and baking.  Linda’s specialty was her delicious Lemon Bars.

Linda is survived by her sisters, JoLene, of Bellevue, NE, and Julie, of Independence, MO;  significant other, Peter Hines, of Fremont, NE; many cousins, friends, and her beloved cat, Otto.

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Melbourne Heibel; mother, Arleen Heibel; paternal and maternal grandparents.

Visitation: Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9:30 a.m., West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Rd., with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 10:30 a.m.

A private family inurnment will be held at the Shelby Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to: Josie Harper Hospice House, Omaha Public Schools Foundation, or Shelby Public Library.





  • Diana Brigham Beaudoin Posted April 28, 2024 11:11 am

    Dear JoLene & Julie, You both are in my thoughts at this sad time. We have many wonderful memories from our childhood and school years. I hope you find comfort in these in the days ahead. May Linda’s memory be a blessing. Diana Brigham Beaudoin

  • Melanie & Larry Bowman and family Posted May 6, 2024 10:27 pm

    We’re so sorry for your loss dear Julie and JoLene.
    Sending our love and prayers,
    Melanie and Larry

  • Gayle Lee Posted May 7, 2024 6:16 am

    I am sorry for the pain of your sister’s loss. I know how close you three were. We don’t know God’s thoughts when he takes a loved one, but what I do know that he will ease your pain. Know that I’m praying for you and JoLene. Gayle Lee

  • Debbra Bazata Posted May 7, 2024 8:01 am

    Julie and Jolene,
    We are thinking of you often following your sudden loss of dear Linda. Her loving kind heart touched everyone she knew. Have comfort in knowing what a beautiful relationship you shared with her, and that she no longer feels pain. She is singing with the angels now, and her spirit is enjoying the pure peace she so earned. All my love to my favorite sisters.

  • Judy Portre Posted May 8, 2024 7:21 am

    Jolene and Julie – All of this happened so quickly and you were with her every step of the way. She contributed so much to your family and education during her life. I always loved the Husker stories. The loss is excruciating the gain is Heaven.

  • Vicki and Mike McGuire Posted May 8, 2024 8:45 am

    Dear Linda, what a gal. You will be missed by so many people whose lives you touched. Kindness and grace are two words that come to mind when describing your presence – ha, and that sense of humor! Condolences JoLene, Julie, Pete and all those touched by Linda’s time with us. Our love

  • Patty Mulligan Posted May 9, 2024 5:37 am

    Linda was a very kind, caring educator who was loved by her colleagues and students. She was a great teaching mentor. Her lemon bars were the best. Hugs and prayers to her friends and family

  • Drew and Peggy Hopwood Posted May 11, 2024 12:11 pm

    May the love of family and friends bring comfort and peace during this difficult time . Heaven for sure gained an angel.

  • Stephan Leapheart Sr Posted May 19, 2024 2:39 pm

    Aunt Julie and Aunt Jolene,

    Though the loss of a love one is hard, please find peace in the love and memories you’ve had with one another. I will always cherish the summers of fun you all provided for me. I will do my best to pass those experiences and love to my son.

    Love always,

    Stephan M Leapheart Sr. & Family

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