Maureen R. “Mikki” (Hinze) Bouchard
November 3, 1948 – January 10, 2020
Mikki (Hinze) Bouchard age 71 of Omaha passed away in her home January 10, 2020 with her children and sisters by her side after a battle with cancer.
She was born November 3, 1948 in Denison, IA to Jeff and Evelyn Hinze. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. After her youngest sister Kathy was a year old, her family moved to Clearwater, NE. There she was confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church in 1963. She graduated from Clearwater Public School with the class 1967. During her high school years Mikki participated in volleyball, band, choir and school plays.
She was a second mother to her younger sisters as her parents owned and operated Clearwater Lanes where she also earned a wage at setting pins for 10 cents a game.
Her first husband was Charles “Charlie” H. Cook, III whom she married in February of 1973. Their children were Charles “Chad” H. Cook, IV who passed away in 1983, Charles “Chance” H. Cook, V, his wife Heather and their children, Celeste, Charles H. Cook, VI -“Chael” and Chellie and her husband Nate Ruckman. She then married her late husband, Mike Bouchard in August 1997. Her sisters are Carla (Hinze) Jacob and her husband Eli of Clearwater, NE, as well as Kathy (Hinze) Hemenway Kallhoff and her husband Marv of Gainesville, TX.
Mikki graduated with an associates degree in accounting from CE School of Commerce with additional classes studied at UNO for accounting and computer science. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE from the accounts payable department March 2018.
If there was a garage sale a mile away Mikki could definitely spot it. She enjoyed antiquing and finding the most unusual and unique finds at sales. She had a love for collecting, most notably her Kewpie collection, if she had 1 she has 100’s. Family was very important to her, on her worse days she managed to ask how things were going with us.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Jeff and Evelyn Hinze; son, Chad at age 6; husband, Mike; and brother-in-law, Dan Hemenway.
She is survived by her two children, Chance Cook (Heather) and Chellie Ruckman (Nate); two grandchildren, Celeste and Chael Cook; two sisters, Carla Jacob (Eli) and Kathy (Hemenway) Kallhoff (Marv); many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, January 15th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, January 16th, 1pm, West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.