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.
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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.