Mary Sue Riley

Mary Sue Riley

May 17, 1933 – December 20, 2019


Mary Sue Riley, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2019.

Preceded in death by husband, Edward J. Riley; and parents, Susan and Mike Sullivan.

Survived by children: Steve (Mary Jo), Vince (Lan), Sheila Turbes (Bernie), Keith (Juliann), Mary Lynn Kardell (Bob); grandchildren: Paul (Katie), Erin (Bob), Nate, Taylor, Claire, Emma, Paul, Jack, Michael, Bridget and Brian; great-grandchildren, Danika, Brennen, Bobbie Jo and Lulu; brothers and sisters, Mike Sullivan (Marilyn), John Sullivan (Susan), Kathleen Black (David), Eileen Hedberg (Carl); many loved nieces and friends.

Mary Sue was warm, loving and treated all she met as if they were family.  She was an avid supporter of all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and attended every game, recital, musical, and life event she possibly could. As recognition of all their contributions to St. Cecilia Cathedral Parish, Mary Sue and Ed were named Cathedralites of the Year for helping to start the Elizabethan Feaste, The CathedralFest (formally Octoberfest), serving on the School Board, Home and School Association and Parish Finance Committee.  For over 30 years, Mary Sue was the Executive Secretary of West Omaha Rotary becoming their first female member in 1988.

WAKE SERVICE: Friday, December 27th, 7pm at the West Center Chapel with family receiving friends from 5pm to 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, December 28th, 10am, St. Cecilia Cathedral (701 N. 40th St.)  Private Family Burial at 1PM, Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Cecilia Cathedral Grade School.




  • Marisa McClintock Posted December 22, 2019 4:44 pm

    Sheila and family,
    Thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time. I know your mother was so special to you. I’m so thankful for the impact she had on the lives of others.

  • Kelly Adams Posted December 22, 2019 9:15 pm

    Sheila, I’m so sorry for your loss. I got to know your mom through all of your wonderful posts. What a great daughter you are! May your mother’s memory be eternal.

  • Arva Herman Posted December 23, 2019 8:35 pm

    My husband, Jim (deceased) and I first met Mary Sue and Ed through the Schroens in anticipation of joining the Cathedral Bridge Club. All were very warm and congenial. We shared many good evenings of bridge and lots of laughs. They will remain forever in my heart. My sincere condolences to all. –Arva Herman

  • Penny Shaul Posted December 26, 2019 4:15 pm

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. We hope that the wonderful memories you have of your mom help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you Mary Lynn and family.

  • Chris Guardiola Posted December 27, 2019 8:18 pm

    Sheila, your and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, always!

  • Teri Hamburger Posted January 25, 2020 10:46 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was so sorry to read in the Catholic Voice Mary Sue had passed away. I met Mary Sue more than 35 years ago through her association with West Omaha Rotary. Over the years I would bump into her at Cathedral often and always enjoyed visiting with your kind warm mother. She was a lovely person and a very proud mother. I will cherish my memories of your mom.

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