Mary Shelledy Lueder
April 13, 1928 – December 14, 2023
Mary Shelledy Lueder of Omaha, age 95, passed away on December 14, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Lueder, her daughter, Elizabeth Karnes and son-in-law, David Karnes. She is survived by her daughters, Nan Tiedeman (John), Carrie May (Ed) all of Omaha; and son, Dr. Gregg Lueder (Cindy) of Webster Groves, Missouri. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Korey, Kalen, Kara, Laurel, John, Julie, Ben, Jeff, Gregg, Mary, Kirsten, Lizzie and Sarah; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mary was born in Milford, Iowa, on April 13, 1928, to Dr. James and Maude Shelledy. She had four older siblings and was a source of joy to her family during the difficult years of the Depression and World War II. Mary had a beautiful singing voice and during high school was one of the Harmonettes which sang regularly on KICD radio. After graduating from high school, she attended Iowa State University where she met her future husband, Bob. One of her highlights at ISU was being crowned Homecoming Queen. After they were married, Mary and Bob moved to Omaha, where she completed her degree at Omaha University and raised her family.
Mary was known to her family and many friends as “Mimi”. She was a model of kindness and gratitude. She also had a keen sense of humor and was nicknamed “Mary Maintenance” in honor of her fondness for cleanliness and order. Her grandchildren will always remember “Mimi Day” which celebrated their birthdays every year. Each grandchild spent the day with Mimi doing whatever they wanted to do. Mimi was a great sport.
Mimi also gave back to the community through her volunteer work as Chair of both the Aksarben Women’s Ball Committee and the Omaha Symphony’s Debutante Ball. She was also in the Omaha Junior League, on the board of the Omaha Community Playhouse and volunteered at many other community organizations.
Without question, her first love and priority were her husband and family. She loved them all deeply. The way she respectfully treated them and everyone she came in contact with is a model of how to lead one’s life. Thank you for everything Mimi.
The family would like to thank the Newport House staff for their compassionate care. We appreciate your kindness and love toward Mimi (and us).
Mary has donated her body to science through the Nebraska Anatomical Board. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Omaha Library Foundation.