Mary Lynda Hart

Mary Lynda Hart

May 30, 1942 – January 31, 2022

Survived by husband, Eugene Hart; sons: Gene Hart (Mary), Brian Hart (Amy), Greg Hart; six grandchildren: Jared, Shannon, Jeffrey, Mikey, Matthew, Emmy.

VISITATION: Monday, February 7th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, February 8th at 10:30am at St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific Street.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Stephen Center.

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Mary Lynda Hart, aged 79.  Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend.  She was an incredibly upbeat, joyous person who enriched the lives of all who knew her.  Mary centered her life around her family, faith, teaching, and embracing all that life had to offer.

She was preceded in death by father, Jacob Epler; mother, Velma Epler; sister-in-law, Pat Fiore; brothers-in-law, Joe Fiore and Kenny Hart.  She is survived by husband, Gene; sons: Gene (Mary), Brian (Amy), and Greg; grandchildren: Jared, Shannon, Jeffrey, Mikey, Matthew and Emmy; niece, Keri DeAngelo (Michael).

Mary Lynda Hart was born on May 30, 1942, to Jacob and Velma (Shrewsbury) Epler in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  She grew up in Julian, Nebraska, a bustling town with a population of 80, working in the grocery store and butcher shop owned by her parents and attending elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse.  Mary later moved on to Brock High School where she graduated second in her class in 1960.

She attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Nebraska where she was active in the Delta Zeta Sorority.  At Nebraska Wesleyan Mary participated in the university marching band as a clarinet player where, in addition to other performances, she marched at halftime at Soldier Field at a Chicago Bears game.  She graduated in 1963 with a degree in education.

After graduation Mary moved to New York City (the Julian of New York) to pursue a career in teaching.  She was a junior high school English teacher and private tutor during her time in New York.   

While living in New York, she met her beloved partner in life, Gene.  They were married on August 26, 1967, in Paul, Nebraska.  Mary and Gene remained in New York where she continued her teaching career and completed her Master’s Degree in 19th Century American Literature at St. John’s University.  It was also here that they welcomed their first child, Gene, on August 13, 1969.

In 1972 the family relocated from New York to Omaha, NE (they traded Wall Street for Dodge Street).  It was here that they welcomed their second child, Brian, on August 9, 1973, and their third child, Greg, on May 15, 1976.  During this time in Omaha, Mary was a devoted wife and mother yet still found time for part-time and substitute teaching, volunteer work notably at the Stephen Center and the YWCA Crisis Line and became an avid bowler and golfer, even recording a hole-in-one which she struck with “my driver of course.”

In 2003 Gene and Mary retired, purchasing a home in Homosassa, Florida where they spent winters playing golf and hosting family and friends.  During this time, they enjoyed travel all around the world, attending their grandkids events, visiting relatives around the country, and enjoying sporting events including Nebraska football and the College World Series.

Starting in the summer of 2021, Mary was battling to get healthy enough to undergo an operation.  She endured weeks of hospital stays, and months of grueling physical and occupational therapy and many medical treatments.  Sadly, that battle ended on January 31, 2022, and she went on to be with her Lord.  Those who knew her as Mary Lynda, Ep, Mary, Farmer, Mom, Grandma, or Brat Doll will miss her greatly but take comfort knowing she is in a better place resting in peace.




  • Dale and Darlene Duhon Posted February 3, 2022 9:50 am

    Prayers to you and your family in these difficult times.

  • Dan Tefft Posted February 3, 2022 11:07 am

    So very sorry to hear of this. Your house was a second home to all of the Tefft kids growing up. This saddens me greatly and I hope the entire Hart family is as well as possible during this time.

  • Nelson & Cathy Wright Posted February 3, 2022 2:04 pm

    Our condolences to the Hart family. Mary always had a smile on her face. She was great at telling stories, and family was precious to her. Rest in peace dear sweet Mary

  • Deborah (Debbie) Grether Condie Posted February 4, 2022 5:55 pm

    What a lovely lady and friend Mary was. I am so sorry for your loss. I have kept in touch with Mary for 57 years. She was my 9th grade Spanish teacher and a lifelong friend and one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever knwon. May the Lord bless and comfort your family and friends. I look forward to seeing her in heaven. Love, Debbie Condie

  • Carol Johnstone-Hornig Posted February 4, 2022 9:21 pm

    So sorry to hear of. Mary’s passing. Lots of wonderful memories, Mary and Gene’s wedding in Paul, NE, golfing together, with Mary using her Spark Plug putter, family picnics with homemade ice cream in Julian. Great lady and friend, always very positive. Keeping Gene and the boys and families in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob & Kiki Briedis Posted February 6, 2022 12:03 pm

    We had the pleasure of knowing Mary for over 50 years. Living in California, our visits with the Harts were sometimes infrequent, but whenever we got together, we always picked up where we left off. Mary was a wonderful hostess when we visited in Omaha and later in Florida and we always felt right at home. It was sad when a visit ended. Mary had interesting and funny stories to tell, and we enjoyed sharing her love of golf. We have lost a very dear friend. Our deepest sympathy to Gene, Eugene P and Mary, Brian and Amy, Greg, Jared, Shannon, Jeffrey, Mikey, Matthew and Emy for the loss of the best wife, mom, and grandma anyone could ever hope to have. Love. Kiki and Bob

  • Tony and Jeanne Maids Posted February 6, 2022 5:42 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was such a nice person and a great friend to my sister. May she Rest In Peace. Sending our deepest sympathies. Tony and Jeanne Maida

  • Gary Shelton Posted February 7, 2022 2:58 pm

    My condolences to Gene Sr. and all the Hart Family. I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Mary when her and Gene Sr. came to Texas for him to participate with younger Gene in the Dallas Athletic Club Tradition (Member-Guest Golf Tournament). She had a beautiful smile and quick wit and we thoroughly enjoyed her. The lost of a matriarch is hard on all the kids and grandkids. You never forget the influence she had on you. Rest easy knowing that she is no longer in pain. We all will miss seeing her. My prayers and best wishes for you all.

  • DENNIS J. HART Posted February 7, 2022 5:19 pm

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Mary was always such an upbeat, positive person who always seemed to have a smile on her face. Both mom and dad were crazy about her and always happy that you found your life partner. God bless the times and many great memories that you guys have as a family! God bless you!!!

  • Mercedes Hart Posted February 7, 2022 5:30 pm

    Mary was a very special and beautiful soul, may she rest in peace and may peace be with you all.

  • Luis Pérez and Eileen Hart de Pérez Posted February 7, 2022 5:38 pm

    We are sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was very special. Dear cousin. Gene , Eugene, Brian and Gregg and family we have you all in our prayers and thoughts. May she rest In Peace

  • Luis Pérez and Eileen M Hart de Pérez Posted February 7, 2022 5:40 pm

    We are sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was very special. Dear cousin. Gene , Eugene, Brian and Gregg and family we have you all in our prayers and thoughts. May she rest In Peace

  • Bob Quitter Posted February 9, 2022 7:02 pm

    Met Mary and Gene on Ireland tour 2001. A very gracious, good humored, intelligent and charitable lady. My thoughts and prayers are of and to her and her family

  • Janis Grimes-Julian,Ne Posted February 10, 2022 9:03 am

    I have lived in Julian for many years and have known Mary Lynda since her birth to Jake & Velma Epler.
    She was always upbeat and had a cheerful personality.
    All of the members of the Julian Preservation Committee send our thoughts and prayers to her family.
    May she Rest In Peace’

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