Lucille O. “Lou” (Cardella) Buda

Lucille O. “Lou” (Cardella) Buda

June 4, 1927 – February 5, 2022

VISITATION: Thursday, Feb. 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, February 11th at 10:30am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Margaret Mary Perpetual Memorial Fund, or to Saint Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Preceded in death by husband, Alfred A. Buda; parents, Joseph and Josephine Cardella; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sebastiano and Carmela Buda; brother, Blase; sister-in-law, Rose Cardella; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph A. and Carol Buda.  Survived by daughter, Gerianne Jensen (Tom); grandchildren, John Paul “J.P.” and Clare Jensen; nieces and nephews; special cousin, Marion Cimino.

Lou graduated from Central High School in 1944 and went on to secretarial work in insurance and doctors’ offices.  Lou and Al were married on April 30, 1955, at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska.  In September 1961, they welcomed their daughter, Gerianne Marie.

After Gerianne’s birth, Lou worked part-time before becoming a stay-at-home mom while Gerianne attended grade school.  When Gerianne started high school, Lou began a second career in childcare.  She worked in the nurseries at West Lanes and Ranch Bowl, then at Children’s Corner for several years, taking care of 6-week to 3-month-old babies.

After retiring, Lou and Al enjoyed many trips to Sunnyvale, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Lou and Al were married for 41 years until Al’s untimely death on November 21, 1996.

Lou enjoyed cheering on the Nebraska Cornhusker football team, monthly lunches with her business sorority, bingo, and going to the casinos in Council Bluffs.  But her greatest joy was being Nana to J.P. and Clare for the past 21 years.

Lou’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Papillion Manor for taking care of her for the past 3-1/2 years.




  • Janet Arkfeld Coy Posted February 7, 2022 8:53 am

    Gerianne and family, Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May your dear mother rest in peace.

    • Gerianne Posted February 11, 2022 11:37 pm

      Thank you, Janet, for your kind words. Hope our moms will see each other in Heaven!

  • Heather Musgrove Posted February 7, 2022 1:07 pm

    Gerianne, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. I’m so thankful to have gotten to know Lou over the past few years at Papillion Manor. She was such a joy to care for and she always made me smile and laugh. We never knew what she would say next, but she always expressed her gratitude for those who helped take care of her. She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Heather, for your kind words and for taking care of my mom. She would often say to me how happy she was at Papillion Manor and how everyone took such good care of her. I’m sure you and others will miss the “feisty little Italian.” We will miss her.

  • Colleen Devaney Posted February 7, 2022 2:06 pm

    Dear Gerianne and family –

    May the mantle of your grief be lightened when you remember her smile, all the hugs and how much she loved you. It’s hard to focus on the gains during times of loss, but she had the gift of so many years with you all. Peace be with you all.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:34 pm

      Thank you, Colleen. We are grateful for her long life, but we will miss her!

  • Antonia Cardella Posted February 7, 2022 3:39 pm

    Dear Gerianne (and family),
    I’m so sorry to hear about Lou’s passing. Sending you love and light, and wishing you many good memories to help you through this difficult time.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:39 pm

      Dear Toni Jane,
      Thank you. She was a very special mom and Nana, and we will miss her! Please extend my well wishes to your mother.

  • Rose (Sferrazzo) Campagna Posted February 7, 2022 4:42 pm

    Gerianne. Your Dad and my Dad were very good friends . (Fred Sferrazzo. ) He always told me he was there when I was born. Then later in life when your Dad worked for the wine company Fincchiaro ‘s my husband and your Dad worked together. We went to a Nebraska game in Minn . With your Mom and Dad Your Mom was so much fun . We will never forget them.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:43 pm

      Dear Rose,
      Thank you for the fond memories of my parents. I know they really enjoyed traveling to the Husker games in Minnesota. I miss my dad and will miss my mom, but I’m so happy that they have been reunited in Heaven!

  • Linda Coates Posted February 8, 2022 7:10 am

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:45 pm

      Dear Mrs. Coates,
      Thank you for the prayers. I am thankful for her long life. The kids will especially miss their Nana.

  • Mike Gentile Posted February 8, 2022 12:20 pm

    Gerianne –
    So sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Your mom and dad will always hold a special place in my heart for being such good friends to my folks and to me growing up. To me, they were Uncle Al and Aunt Lou. I remember watching them all play Tripoley and the whole room being filled with laughter. I couldn’t ask for better memories.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:49 pm

      Dear Mike,
      Thank you. My family had many good times at your mom and dad’s house which I will always remember fondly!

  • Rosemary Gentile Posted February 8, 2022 5:04 pm

    Every thought of Lou brings a smile to my face. Always fun and always so caring. Sam and I were blessed to have her and your dad in our lives. My prayers are with you and your family.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:51 pm

      Dear Rosemary,
      Thank you. She was such a good mom and Nana. As I mentioned to Mike, I will always fondly remember the times we were at your house when I was growing up. My parents always had a good time with you and Sam.

  • Amy Tarvin Posted February 8, 2022 5:13 pm

    Gerianne, may God give you comfort and strength in this time of loss. Thinking of you and praying for you.

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:54 pm

      Dear Amy,
      Thank you for stopping by the mortuary, and it was good to see you after so many years! Please give my best to your mom and your Uncle Tony.

  • Kristen Preston Posted February 11, 2022 12:28 pm

    Gerianne and Family-sending our heartfelt condolences to all of you at this time. Our prayers are with all of you

    • Gerianne Posted February 13, 2022 10:56 pm

      Thank you, Kristen, for the prayers. Please give my best to all of your family! I still miss bowling with everyone.

  • Ryan Harrison Posted February 15, 2022 8:57 pm

    You & your family in my mom my prayers. We also going St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. My mom & I know lost someone. I lost my dad back on Sunday, January 26, 2020. He fall down the 3 stairs from the kitchen on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Lost memory of my dad to call 911. Lost lost my dad’s cousin on February 5, 2022 from a heart attack. We have the funeral same day as your mom’s funeral.

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