Mary K. Bruner

Mary K. Bruner

August 6, 1943 – December 24, 2023

VISITATION: Friday, December 29, 2023, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Dr.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, December 30th, 10:30 a.m., St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery, 7710 W. Center Rd.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial, please visit and click the “LiveCast” button at the top of the home page.


Mary was preceded in death by grandparents, Paul and Margaret Traynor; parents: Anna Traynor, John and Edna Traynor; brother, John Traynor; son, Wane Bruner; husband, Arnie Bruner.

She is survived by daughter, Nicole Bruner-Eldred; sons, Scott (Kyla) Babcock and Dan (Julie) Bruner; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mary was employed for 8 years with Physicians Clinic and then 30 years with the Omaha Police Department. She was a member of the Millard American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, Omaha Police Union, and FOP Lodge 1. She sang in the choir at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.


  • Joy Harmon Posted December 26, 2023 4:48 pm

    Kathy was beautiful inside and out! She was so loved in Long Island Village in Port Isabel, Texas. She took me under her wing and introduced me around when I first move to LIV. You will be so missed!

  • Sue Bruner Posted December 26, 2023 5:06 pm

    I’m sad for your loss. I knew Aunt Kathy through my husband, Mike Bruner. She was such a special lady, she will be missed. Sue Bruner

  • Julie Bradshaw Posted December 27, 2023 9:27 am

    Another pioneer for women at the Omaha Police Department… say hi to Mom for me when you see her. We’ll miss you classy ladies forever. -Julie Bradshaw, daughter of Nancy.

  • Joyce Modeland Posted December 27, 2023 10:20 am

    Kathy was my neighbor and I am going to miss her terribly. She was always such a joy to be around. She was so good to everyone in the neighborhood. She was full of fun and would do anything for you. A beautiful, lovely lady will be missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing her.

  • NICK SPELLMAN Posted December 27, 2023 1:14 pm


  • Bonnie menks Posted December 27, 2023 1:41 pm

    I am so sad for your. Kathy loss. I knew her from water aerobics at Wellness Center at Lakeside. She was so kind to me when I loss my daughter. We exercised along each other, exchanged Christmas gifts. I so admired her career at OPD as a dectitive. I am a member in f St John Vianney church and I French smile at each other when she sang in the choir. She will be missed by t never forgotten. Love Bonnie Menks 🙏🙏💔

  • Summer Franco Posted December 27, 2023 2:55 pm

    Prayers to you Nicole, i know how hard it is to lose both parents. I hope your mom is sharing old police stories with my dad and many other that went before her. I know how she would be so happy to be reunited with your dad. Summer Franco – daughter of Bob Sklenar (OPD).

  • Phyllis Portland Posted December 27, 2023 4:44 pm

    This was a shock to me! I thought I had seen a few posts from Kathy, as we called her. I worked with her at the City of Omaha; I was civilian and she, a police sergeant. Kathy and I would walk to the Ethnic Sandwich Shop and get salads for lunch many times. She arranged for our Cancun trips. My sympathies to Nicole. Your mom will be missed by many of us!

  • Tim Salzbrenner Posted December 27, 2023 6:08 pm

    Mary was an amazing lady and I was blessed to know her.

  • Ryan Stolley and Cleo Goeckner Posted December 28, 2023 2:58 am

    We will miss cousin Kathy. We are glad she got to attend our wedding two years ago. I will miss talking to her with her always saying I look like my grandpa John. Love you cousin Kathy ❤️

  • Amy Befay-szurpicki Posted December 28, 2023 8:23 am

    Cousin was a very special I’m going to miss her smile and laughter always had a big heart ♥ going to miss her. And 🙏 for the family

  • Amy Befay-szurpicki Posted December 28, 2023 8:25 am

    So sorry for your loss she was a very special lady always had a beautiful smile praying 🙏 for the family

  • Karen and Bob Geranis Posted December 28, 2023 5:25 pm

    Kathy always had a fun and beautiful spirit. She will be missed terribly. Deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Maureen Bausch Posted December 28, 2023 5:57 pm

    I attended Marian High school with Kathy. We have been blessed to continue to connect often with our classmates. I am so grateful for the last time in the fall with 5 of us. Eating & enjoying each other.

  • Virginia Watkins Posted December 29, 2023 2:37 am

    Kathy was a sweet person all the way thur. I have such good memories of her and Arnie and my Father .She will surely be missed..

  • Michele Bang Posted December 29, 2023 6:48 am

    Mary “Ma” Bruner was a sergeant when I was a young detective and I learned so much from talking with her and working around her. She was not my direct supervisor, but she always took the time to chat. We loved her stories at the many NAWP Christmas parties she attended and she was not above stealing the best ornament! My thoughts are with her many family members and friends.

  • Jan Wintle Posted December 29, 2023 5:19 pm

    My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Kathy’s Family. I had chance meeting with Kathy in August, and we enjoyed “catching up”. She was a very special lady and highly respected in the Law Enforcement community. May she rest in peace with our God who loves her.

  • Diane and Jim Lane Posted December 29, 2023 6:28 pm

    May you rest in eternal peace, We will miss you in person and online. We always appreciated your companionship at the American Legion Club and church.

  • Kevin Hansen Sr. Posted December 29, 2023 10:33 pm

    My sister Kathy was a very caring and loving person. In my option the work she did for the child protective service for the OPD qualifies her for saint hood. She will be missed by many. RIP Till we meet again.

  • Shellee Spellman Posted December 30, 2023 6:52 pm

    Scott and Nicole (and your families). I am sorry for the loss of your beautiful, intelligent, funny, and kind-hearted mom.. Thank you to cousin Mary Ann for notifying me- I was not prepared for this sad news.
    The last time I spoke with Kathy told me that she felt very content with her life, and that she missed Arne. She loved her family with all of her heart, Ana you were all her greatest joy.

    I have always admired my cousin, and was so proud of her being a “trailblazer” as a detective and Sargent for Omaha Police Department. She put herself in danger to protect children.and dealt with people and circumstances most of us will never encounter. She possessed modesty and grace.
    Gary, Shanley and I hold you in our hearts.

  • M. Cottone Posted January 4, 2024 9:26 pm

    Bye Ma.

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