Mittie W. Linstromberg
August 2, 1922 – May 9, 2019
Mittie W. Linstromberg, a longtime resident of Omaha and a former teacher in the Omaha District 66 schools, passed away on May 9, 2019 in Omaha.
Mittie Rebecca Wheeler Linstromberg was born on August 2, 1922 in Cohutta, Georgia, the oldest of three children born to Clifford and Ryland (Bridges) Wheeler. After receiving a business degree from the Edmonson School of Business in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1941, Mittie worked in the cost accounting department of the Hercules Powder Company at the start of World War II. It was there that she met her beloved husband, Walter “Walt” W. Linstromberg. They were married a short time later, on July 22, 1942, and spent 69 wonderful years together before Walt preceded her in death in 2011.
Mittie and Walt moved to Omaha in 1955 when Walt joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as a chemistry professor. After receiving a degree in education from UNO, Mittie taught in the District 66 elementary schools for many years before retiring in 1975. Mittie enjoyed teaching and was liked by her colleagues and students alike. After her retirement, it always delighted her when she would encounter former students who remembered her, and she was happy to feel that she had made a difference in their lives. For all of her life, education continued to be important to Mittie. In 2007, she and Walt demonstrated their continuing commitment to education by establishing a scholarship fund for chemistry students at UNO, a fund which continues to enable many students from Nebraska and abroad to achieve their educational goals.
Mittie loved to travel, and she and Walt spent many summers traveling across Europe, the U.S., and Canada. She also enjoyed the outdoors and relished the summers she and Walt spent in the Canadian Boundary waters of Minnesota, where they built a lakeside cabin. These were some of the happiest times of their lives, enjoying lake life and the many friends they made among the other summer homeowners.
Mittie had many interests, but her deepest joy in life was her family. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and sharing in their lives. Mittie was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her husband, Mittie is predeceased by her sister, Vivian Williams and brother, James Wheeler. She is survived by her children, John Linstromberg of Britt, Minnesota, and Kathryn Greenough (Thomas) of Columbia, Maryland; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.heafeyheafey.com.
Sorry to hear about Mittie, she was a neat lady. Only met her once or twice, but I remember her well.
Mittie was a wonderful woman, an exemplar of her age and time. Always friendly, proper, supportive of her husband and family. she will be remembered fondly.
Dan, thanks so much for your kind words. They are a comfort to me, as you knew my parents so well.
I think you described my mother very well. Sincerely, Kathy
I was sorry to read of Mittie’s passing in yesterday’s Omaha World Herald obituary page. I have great memories of spending time at her house when she and Walt were hosting, and, later, after they sold their beloved Omaha home, on numerous other occasions. Her lovely graciousness always warmed those times. My thoughts and prayers are with you, her caring family; may you shape all these assorted recollections into a feast of wonderful memories.
Sarah, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. I appreciate your sharing your memories of my mother. She truly will be missed, but we do have some wonderful memories. I know she, and my Dad,
thought a lot of you and Dan. Sincerely, Kathy
We were greatly saddened to learn of Mittie’s passing. We will always remember how much Mittie and Walt helped us to acclimate to Omaha and the University when we came in 1969. They both set an example on how to treat new faculty. We will never forget those social occasions when Mittie graciously entertained us and served her delicious desserts. Her discussions of her teaching experiences and her love of teaching were always inspiring. Mittie was always concerned about our well being. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren. We will dearly miss her.
Jim and Kathy,
Thank you so much for sharing your warm thoughts and remembrances of my mother. She was an inspiration to me too, in so many ways. We miss her, but take comfort in having so many wonderful memories of her and my Dad. Thanks again, Kathy