Mary “Janet” Reisbig

Mary “Janet” Reisbig

February 19, 1944 – December 20, 2023

Mary “Janet” Reisbig was born on February 19, 1944, in Sioux City, IA, to Patricia and Robert Devoy. She passed away on December 20, 2023, after battling Lewy Body Dementia for several years.

Janet was a twin with her sister, Mary “Jean”, and the oldest of 7 children (Janet, Jean, Robert, Catherine, Patricia, Ann, Susan). She was born while her father was serving overseas in WWII and was unable to meet him until she was 3 years old.

Janet, Jean, and her mother lived with her grandmother in Bonesteel, SD, for the first few years of her life. Her family then moved from Sioux City to Omaha, and then from Omaha to O’Neill, where she did most of her schooling through high school at St. Mary’s. Her father was a pharmacist and owned the Rexall Drug Store in O’Neill.

Janet attended Duchesne Academy in Omaha for college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. She spent a few years teaching elementary school students for Omaha Public Schools but then stayed at home when she had her first son, Mike, in 1970. She returned to teaching for Millard Public Schools when her youngest child, Julie, entered high school.

While attending Duchesne, Janet met her beloved husband, Dave, who was in pharmacy school at Creighton University. They married in 1968 and created a beautiful family with 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Janet was the most loving, caring, and committed wife to Dave, and she displayed an exemplary motherly love to her children and grandchildren.

Her children give Janet credit for their athletic abilities and competitive nature, which became evident during noodle ball competitions in her memory care unit at Pacific Springs. She was her children’s number one fan, putting countless miles on the family station wagon and then the conversion van taxiing kids to activities and being on the sideline of every game. Her dedication to their sports/activities was remarkable. She also served on the parent’s board and Bash committee at Creighton Prep and volunteered at many events at Marian High School as well.

She was a huge Cornhusker Football fan and always enjoyed going to games with her husband, twin sister, children, and good friends (especially when the Huskers were actually good). She loved everything Irish and was so proud of her Irish roots. Her travels to Ireland were one of the many highlights in her life. Her Irish eyes were always smiling.

Despite being an extremely busy mother, Janet was a wonderful friend. She was thoughtful, caring, compassionate, and always made time for a phone call or a gathering with those she held dear. She was so proud to be a Duchesne “Dolly” and stayed connected to her Duchesne friends throughout the years and was involved in the Children of Mary of the Sacred Heart.

Even near the end, while suffering with dementia, Janet found ways to display her big smile and giggle. Her laugh was so contagious and may even have gotten the whole family in trouble at church a few times.

Janet’s sincere kindness and genuine concern for others, especially her family, was nothing less than admirable. Despite the effects of dementia, she continued to tell her children to “’drive safely” and “call me when you get home, ok?”  Those words that had brought some annoyance in the past, were sacred and coveted at the end. Janet took her role as a mother, wife, and Nana VERY seriously. The unconditional love, the protection, the providing, and the patience are all qualities she embodied for which her family will forever be grateful and will miss immensely. Her departure from this life to be with God has left a big hole in everyone’s hearts.

We know that Janet is at peace now, surrounded by her loved ones that have gone before her, wrapped in the comfort and love of God (and hopefully, she is drinking a Pepsi, eating some sunflower seeds, and perhaps, even smoking a cigarette or two).

Janet is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dave; her children: Mike (Beth), Greg, Mark (Marianne), Katie (Brent), and Julie (Shawn); her adored 12 grandchildren: Maddie, Maggie, Diarmuid, Jack, Declan, Ava, Aoife, Connor, Emmy, Grace, Clodagh, and Brayden; and her treasured grand-pups: Willa, Molly, Bailey, Sandy, Piper, and Ollie. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Patricia and Robert; her twin sister, Mary “Jean”; brother-in-law, Robert Bonge; several cousins and all of her aunts and uncles.

VISITATION: Friday, December 29th, 5pm Visitation and 7pm Rosary, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific St., Omaha

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, December 30th, 10:00am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart or the Nebraska Humane Society.


  • April Grant and Family Posted December 22, 2023 6:06 pm

    Sending our deepest sympathies.

  • Greg Rudersdorf Posted December 22, 2023 6:41 pm

    God blessed us with Janet. I see her Love in the eyes of her children and grandchildren ..My thoughts an prayers are with you Dave etc al.

  • Dana Roberson Posted December 22, 2023 7:21 pm

    I was a classmate of Janet’s at Duchesne. I loved reading this obit. She was just as I remember her. I know her body and soul are now a pease – released from the disease of Lewy Body at last.

  • Tom Schutte Posted December 22, 2023 10:10 pm

    God’s deepest condolences to you all in your time of sorrow and loss. May God’s peace be upon you and perpetual Light shine upon your dear mother.

  • Norma Martinez Posted December 22, 2023 11:31 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, it was a pleasure knowing your mom and getting to work with her. We are going to miss her dearly.

  • Fr John McEvoy, Irish cousin Posted December 23, 2023 2:32 am

    Deep sympathy to all the Devoy and Reisbig families. May Janet rest erernally with all the angels and saints.

  • Pat Drueke Posted December 23, 2023 9:08 am

    Dear family of Janet so many memories I have when we were great friends our high school days. Always said the class of 62 was the best.. May God give her eternal rest and peace. My sympathy and prayers for all of you.🙏🙏

  • Diane Martin Mosher Posted December 23, 2023 9:43 am

    A wonderful woman and family and neighbors. So sorry to hear of her passing. Sincere condolences.

  • Diane Anderson Posted December 23, 2023 2:48 pm

    Dear Katie and family, I am sending sincere condolences to you at the loss of your mother. My prayers and sympathy are with you.

  • Stephen & Elaine Mannion & Family Posted December 23, 2023 5:40 pm

    To Mark & all the Reisbig Family, and especially thinking of Dave at this saddest of times , our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Janet. Janet was always so kind and caring to us and our family when we visited Omaha. She was a beautiful Nanna to our nephews and nieces and a home away from home for Marianne. Janet & Dave became good friends with my parents and they had many great evenings in Omaha and in Ireland! We know how much Janet will be missed by all her family and friends. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

  • Cathy Kessler Posted December 24, 2023 7:05 am

    Dave and family,
    We are incredibly sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and mother. Your tribute to her was so touching and indeed, her smiling eyes were bright and welcoming. We appreciated all the visits with you both at Pacific Springs. May she rest in peace in the company of our loving Father. Dave, you were an incredible example of a devoted and loving husband. God bless all of you. Cathy Kessler and Karen Parriott

  • Robyn Kleidosty Posted December 24, 2023 12:07 pm

    Hugs and prayers to you and your family! May God surround you all with strength and. courage during this difficult time. I enjoyed reading Mary’s memorial, what a woman, what a life.

  • Fr. Jim Clifton, SJ Posted December 26, 2023 8:41 am

    Dear Greg, Mike, Mark, and extended family: I remember your dear parents from your years at Prep. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mother who impressed me all those years ago with her dedication to your education and all your activities… but as I read the beautiful words you all wrote about her, I realize that I only knew the smallest part of the life of a truly extraordinary person. I will remember her at Mass, and I pray that God hold all of your family close as you mourn her and celebrate the gift she was (and always will be).

  • Darin Devine Family Posted December 27, 2023 12:23 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your extended family.

  • Kathy Paulsen Posted December 29, 2023 11:57 pm

    It is with my deepest sympathy that I send for your family. Your obituary speaks volumes. God bless all of you ! Recently I saw Dave and Greg – what a pleasure!! Erica and Brooke grew up with all of you! Your parents are a treasure!! Make God give you strength in your loss.

  • Kathy Paulsen Posted December 30, 2023 12:03 am

    Erica, Brooke and I send our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to all of you. Your obituary was a true tribute to her. May God give you strength!! Kath Paulsen

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