M. Janet Fleissner

M. Janet Fleissner

August 14, 1932 – November 7, 2020


Mary Janet Staudacher Fleissner (Janet), age 88, was born to Ernst and Elizabeth Staudacher in Omaha, Nebraska and lived in the same house almost her entire childhood.  She had two older sisters, Sr. Lisa Staudacher (age 93) and Georgia Ebel (age 91) and a baby sister, Clarice, who died at age 2.  She spent all her schooling at Saint Joseph’s, a block from home.  Mom enjoyed a wonderful childhood despite the fact it started during the Great Depression.  She had loving and faithful parents and had nothing but fond memories of those years.  Mom loved school and earned excellent grades.  She participated in cheerleading and enjoyed acting in school plays.  When she was a junior in high school, she met the love of her life, Robert Fleissner, to whom she was married 65 years.  She received a scholarship for college but chose to work instead.  When she was 19, Grandpa finally allowed her to marry.  Nine months later, baby number one was born until at age 36 she was the mother of 11.  She would remember these as very happy years.  When her two youngest were in high school, Mom went to work at Creighton University where she worked until she retired at 65.  In addition to her family, Mom enjoyed waterskiing until she was 55, square dancing, playing cards with her and Dad’s friends, and gardening.  In their retirement years, Mom and Dad traveled to their home in Arizona for the winter.

Some of Mom’s finest qualities are as follows:

-Love of the Lord.  Mom was Catholic to the core and instilled in her children a deep faith.  Sunday Mass was a must even when we went camping, and in her later years she attended daily Mass with Dad.  She encouraged us to see the best in others, love of your neighbor.  And we’ll never forget her frequent admonitions of “offer it up” and “all for Jesus”. Mom lived her faith daily.

-Uncomplaining.  We don’t remember Mom complaining about the circumstances of her life. Ever!  She was so accepting and realistic about whatever life brought her.  She truly was a woman of gratitude.

-Perseverant.  Mom had so many years of dirty diapers, washing clothes, cooking meals, stretching a dollar, all the challenges of raising children, and she hung in there with extraordinary patience and grace.  She was a consistently hard worker.

-Optimistic.  Mom just was not a worrier.  The last 20 years of her life, she had slow progressing Alzheimer’s.  About the disease she would say, “At least it doesn’t hurt”.  She really never expressed fear about her diagnosis but handled it with a matter-of-fact attitude knowing that God would provide.

Mom was a great teacher, teaching more by example than words.  Although we’ll miss her dearly, we’re grateful she’s surrounded by those she loves in heaven.

Preceded in death by husband, Bob Sr.; great-granddaughter, Adora Fleissner.  Survived by daughters: Clarice Murnan (Bob), Peg Fleissner, Judy Fleissner (John Damme), Joan Clark (Paul), Mary Pote (Kevin), and Deb Schoneweis-Wilson (Greg); sons: Bob Jr. (Jolene), Jim (Kay), Rich (Joan), Bill (Fiancee, Mary Peterman), and Buz; 34 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sr. Lisa Staudacher, RSM and Georgia Ebel.

Due to Covid, there will be private family services. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association.



  • Mary Beth Hanus Posted November 10, 2020 1:00 pm

    What a beautiful testimony of your love for her! I see so many of the same qualities in her daughter Peg, my dear friend!
    With love and prayers,
    Mary Beth

  • connie fairchild Posted November 10, 2020 1:20 pm

    This was really nice to know this about her. Although we all know she couldn’t wait to get to heaven, it’s still sad to know she is no longer on this earth. God Bless you all!!

  • Sandra Markley Posted November 10, 2020 2:21 pm

    What a wonderful woman she was, that is a life well-lived! I do think Peg has inherited all of those fine qualities, which is a beautiful legacy to share.

  • Joanie drew Posted November 10, 2020 5:23 pm

    What a wonderful story of her life, God Bless to all in the family.

  • Dave dougherty Posted November 10, 2020 6:15 pm

    Sorry to hear . She was really the best . Easy to talk to and a joy to be around. I was really blessed God bless her and the family My deep and warmest thoughts

  • Kerri Doll Sorrell Posted November 11, 2020 8:18 am

    Dear Fleissner family, so many great memories of your dear, sweet mom. Thank you for sharing her with so many people. She was loved by many. I so remember her chocolate frosted Rice Krispie treats!! RIP Mrs. Fleissner!

  • stacy Neuhaus Posted November 11, 2020 12:56 pm

    I feel very blessed to have had Janet in my life. She was my friend. She was well thought of and loved from all of us at Silver Ridge. your mom was a treasure. Stacy Neuhaus

  • Elin Herrman Posted November 11, 2020 6:12 pm

    Dear Peg and Family,
    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. Janet’s grace and warmth extended to her family who so graciously welcomed me into the family when I met Terry. Your mom was a shining example of a faith-filled, selfless woman and her legacy lives on all of you. I’m sure she’s dancing with the angels now.

  • John Maliszewski Posted November 12, 2020 6:53 pm

    So sorry about the death of your mother. What a wonderful story about a amazing women. Prayers for your family in this time of sorrowf.

  • Joanna Lindberg Posted November 15, 2020 9:22 pm

    Peg shared wonderful stories about her mothers kindness and sweet nature. I can see how for Peg, the apple did not fall far from the tree! My condolences and prayers are with the Fleissner family.

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