Marilyn J. Kreifels

Kreifels, Marilyn J.

May 2, 1933 – June 12, 2020

Preceded in death by husband, Leonard “Dan” Kreifels; son, Scott Alan Kreifels.  Survived by daughter, Cheryl Adamski (Joe); son, John Kreifels (Deb); sister, Janet Taborsky; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

PRIVATE FAMILY MASS: Friday, June 19th at 1pm at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please go to and click the “view live-cast” button or click on service link below.

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  • Sally Schreiber-Cohn & Dr., Herb Cohn Posted June 13, 2020 2:27 pm

    Dear Family,
    We grieve the loss of dear Marilyn who had given joy to many, and had challenges that she endured.
    May gracious Peace be with her.
    All our love,
    Cousin Sally and Herb

  • Sally Schreiber-Cohn & Herb Cohn Posted June 18, 2020 11:00 am

    From Cousin Sally Schreiber-Cohn and Herb Cohn

    Dear Family and Friends of Marilyn,

    Marilyn was my first cousin.
    Her mother Mildred was the next oldest sister after my mother Marie in a family of seven children. My mother had told me that after Mildred met and dated Gus, who would be Marilyn’s dad, my mother had given Mildred her opinion that Gus was a good man and that she supported Mildred’s marrying him.

    My very first memory in life was of being in Eustis, Nebraska at the home of Mildred, Gus and their two girls, Marilyn and Janet. I was small and was put in a baby bed to take a nap. I remember an impression of these two girls who would have been 9 and 8 years old.

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  • Sally Schreiber-Cohn & Herb Cohn Posted June 18, 2020 11:07 am

    [Continuing from previous Condolence}
    After Marilyn and her family moved back to Omaha, I would see them at their house and on Sundays and Holidays at our grandmother Koterba’s home. These family gatherings were noisy and fun. Since I was so much younger than Marilyn and Janet, we didn’t play together, yet were part of the hullabaloo. When I was older, I remember being at grandma’s for Easter. There had been what was called an Easter Egg Hunt for children at a nearby park, and my family took my brother Fritz and I there to hunt eggs. We found no eggs because the older neighborhood children had quickly found all of them. When we got back to grandma’s house, Marilyn and Janet took sympathy on Fritz and me and took their own eggs and re-hid them in grandma’s yard for Fritz and me to find. Marilyn and Janet had made it so that we got Something. And these were very pretty eggs, after our earlier disappointment.

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  • Sally Schreiber-Cohn & Herb Cohn Posted June 18, 2020 11:11 am

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    As we all grew up, I heard that Marilyn, after completing school, had started working at a major business in town, Mutual of Omaha. Then I heard she’d met and dated someone who also had been working there. That was Dan Kreifels. I remember their wedding. It was the first wedding I’d ever been to. I remember being in the pews and my mother and aunts saying that during the wedding service, because Marilyn really wanted to ask for a blessing from Mother Mary, she would walk to that niche. When she did this in her beautiful white dress, her devotion touched something in my heart. She returned to the alter for vows, and the blessed wedding couple walking joyously into their new life together.

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  • Sally Schreiber-Cohn & Herb Cohn Posted June 18, 2020 11:13 am

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    Much later in our lives, now with Kreifels kids John, Cheri and Scott growing up, Marilyn and Dan invited all the family to party outside on their new back yard deck. It was joyous and an echo of earlier family gatherings at grandma’s house.

    Still later, I was surprised by Marilyn’s mentioning a taste bud preference. Herb and I had married in the Boston area and were having an Omaha wedding reception at my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Bellevue. For this special occasion, I’d transported fresh lobster meat in dry ice from New England. Among all the goodies Fritz, Joanne and others provided, I’d prepared an after-thought dish, in case there wasn’t enough lobster salad. That was Party Herring. After lunch, when I chatted with Marilyn, I asked her if she’d tried the lobster salad. She said, “Yes. I tasted it. What I really loved and went back for again and again was that herring!”

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  • Sally Schreiber-Cohn & Herb Cohn Posted June 18, 2020 11:15 am

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    I’ll miss my cousin Marilyn who has been a part of my life since I was born.
    When we would meet over the years, she – with her lyrical voice and up-beat tone – would shine her smile. We’d always have some fun things to chuckle about. I’ll really miss her. I know the latter part of her life had been challenging for her. She managed after dear Dan’s passing. Then she had to manage her medical and pain issues. Plus recently she had to confront the loss of her dear youngest, Scott. You all, her immediate family, have been wonderful to her as you’ve supported her caringly through all of this.

    May the new-found freedom of her soul bring her beautiful smile to the heavens. Peacefulness and luminous joy to you, dear cousin. May your soul be with the ones you love. May your peaceful rest carry you to the eternal loving light of God.

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  • Debbie Zink Posted June 19, 2020 9:00 am

    Mrs. Kreifels,
    It has been years since I last saw you or spoke to you. I feel like I semi grew up in your home. Cheryl was my best friend from the fourth grade on. I remember the many hours I spent in your home. You were always so sweet, kind, and loving to me. Thank you for raising such an amazing daughter in Cheryl. Yes, all her friends called her Cheryl, not Cheri. Sorry Cheryl. I just want to say thank you for being so wonderful to me. You made a positive difference in my life. You were a blessed woman. Cheryl…I will always love and treasure you.
    Knowing you and your family made me a better person.
    Love you.
    Debbie Zink (Pinkes)

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