Mary Pitterman Barnhart

Mary Pitterman Barnhart             

December 31, 1929- August 1, 2023

Mary Barnhart, 93, passed away August 1, 2023, due to complications from COPD.

Mary Pitterman was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 31, 1929. She grew up during the Great Depression and later graduated high school in Cleveland, OH. Following in her brothers’ footsteps, she moved to Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta. While attending the University, she met her future husband, Jack Barnhart. Following graduation, they moved to Omaha and married. Mary taught first grade at Lothrup Elementary School and Jack continued in the family business at Barnhart Press.

Mary was highly involved in the Omaha Community. As a lifetime member of the Salvation Army, she devoted many hours volunteering and fundraising for the organization. She was also active with the Nebraska Medical Center, the UNMC Whistle Stop Store, and she supported Lauritzen Gardens and many other local organizations. She is remembered by her grandchildren for her many colorful stories and her infectious laughter. She had many hobbies including: sewing, reading, cooking, and school involvement, and was known as a devoted friend to many.

Mary was preceded in death by husband, John C. “Jack” Barnhart; brother, Richard Heiny; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard, and Elise Barnhart. She is survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet, and Richard Caulk; sons, John Barnhart, and William Barnhart; daughters-in-law, Danna Barnhart, and Christ Barnhart; grandchildren, Dane Barnhart, Alexa Wilson (Jack), Drew Barnhart, Chandler Barnhart, Nicole Golyar (Nicholas), and Chiara Torres (Daniel); great-grandchildren, Ruby Golyar, Iris Golyar, Cashel Golyar, Xander Torres, Zane Torres, Isreal Torres, and Adora Torres; her BELOVED dog, Cricket.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, August 14,2023, from 5pm-7pm at the West Center Chapel. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 15,2023, 11am, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo St. Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials in Mary’s name have been established at the Salvation Army of Omaha, 10755 Burt St., Omaha, NE 68114, and Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St., Omaha, NE 68108.



  • Greg J Daake Posted August 10, 2023 1:19 pm

    The Barnhart family is one in a billion. Sending our thoughts your way.

  • Dan Walsh Posted August 14, 2023 1:21 pm

    Mary Barnhart and the entire Barnhart family were so kind and generous to so many people. She had a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. I remember that she kindly provided snacks (and encouragement) to a group of high school kids who were studying physics in her basement. She knew that no high school kid could comprehend physics on an empty stomach. Thank you, Mary, for all the kindness (and the snacks).

  • Bonnie Tomek (for Kay Tomek) Posted August 15, 2023 1:46 am

    Sending our condolences from the Tomek’s, particularly my mother Kay Tomek. She and Mary talked and have known each other from “The Woods” and other mutual friends.. We were very saddened to hear of her passing.and sending our sympathy to all of your family. While here these past years helping Mom, I saw Mary at her front door one day while I was walking. We had the most delighful conversation and Mom appreciated hermutual efforts to stay in touch through the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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