Nancy V. Hornstein 

Nancy V. Hornstein 

June 19, 1941 – May 25, 2023 

Loving mother of three and known as “Nanny” to her four grandchildren, Nancy passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at Methodist Hospital on May 25. Preceded in death by her husband, Bennett Hornstein, and parents Sally and Abe Venger of Omaha, NE. Survived by daughters Jill Goldstein (Joe) of Omaha and their sons Jack and Alex, Beth Hornstein of Denver, CO and Joe Hornstein (Erin) of Cherry Hills Village, CO and their son Bennett and daughter Elliot and sister Enid (Steve) Wenner of Greenwood Village, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nancy was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She graduated from Central High School in Omaha and attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. After attending college, she was selected to be a princess at the Aksarben Ball. She married Bennett in 1963, and they briefly lived in Berkeley, CA while Bennett attended law school at Boalt Hall, University of California-Berkley. They then moved back to Omaha to start a family.

Nancy had a passion for community service, participating in the Junior League of Omaha, on the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee, and with the Child Savings Institute, the National Council of Jewish Women, and many more. After Bennett passed away in 1986, she began a remarkable career as a salesperson at Borsheims Jewelry Store in Omaha, where people throughout the area and country appreciated her friendly and welcoming demeanor and her boundless energy. Her myriad of clients came to rely on her expertise and honesty as she helped them celebrate their cherished milestones and joyous occasions (never revealing the pending engagements or surprise gifts).   After working at Borsheims for 33 years, she settled into a much-deserved retirement, enjoying spending time with her family and friends. Through all these years, she never met a stranger.   She was genuinely interested in and cared about everyone she knew and met.  She was a bright and energetic light and touched so many lives.   Her kindness and zest for life will be deeply missed.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 11:00am at Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Child Saving Institute, Project Harmony or the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment Fund.



  • Matt & Tracy Ritter Posted May 27, 2023 10:57 am

    Condolences to Joe and the family. Nancy was amazing!

  • Scotty Tarascio Posted May 27, 2023 11:03 am

    I love you Nancy and will forever remember you in my heart and soul.

  • Karen Jean OConnor Posted May 27, 2023 11:04 am

    Our hearts are broken today…
    Nancy was such a genuine, loving gal from her 20s to her 80s.
    She showed a genuine interest in EVERYONE she met.
    She was an icon at Borsheim’s and always took the time to stop and visit.
    Jill, Beth and Joey were very blessed to have her as their mother!! Hang on to your beautiful memories, kids!
    Her smile and good nature will be sorely missed.
    Karen and Tom OConnor

  • Tim and Marilyn Kingston Posted May 27, 2023 11:33 am

    Nancy was a true and gracious lady.
    She will be dearly missed by all who have called her FRIEND!

  • Stephanie Kielian Posted May 27, 2023 1:07 pm

    Though surrounded by beautiful sparkly things, Nancy was the true gem of Borsheim’s

  • Frank And Marji. Wintroub Posted May 27, 2023 1:53 pm

    We will miss her light and energetic and sincere personality.

  • Barbara and Gary Parker Posted May 27, 2023 2:59 pm

    We had such wonderful times getting to know Nancy while our children were growing up together. She was a truly good person.

  • Robb Gage Posted May 27, 2023 5:35 pm

    Dear Jill, Beth, Joey, and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, Nancy. I know how close you were to her, and she was a dear friend to me and so many more.

    Your mother was a wonderful woman. She was always so kind, supportive, and loving. I will always remember fondly the times she reached out just to check in. She was truly one of a kind, and she will be deeply missed.

    With love,

    Robb Gage

  • Tracy Taft Posted May 27, 2023 7:40 pm

    I feel blessed knowing such a wonderful person..I will miss her dearly

  • Resnick Dorothy Kahn Posted May 28, 2023 10:02 am

    Sending Sympathy and Love
    You are all loved by many. We are all heartbroken and share your loss of our Beloved Nancy. We all loved your Gramdmother Sally avenger. Nancy’s leg

  • Resnick Dorothy Kahn Posted May 28, 2023 10:06 am

    Sending Sympathy and Love. We are all heartbroken about the loss of our Beloved Nancy and we share your Loss. We so l loved your Grandmother Sally Venger. What a Legacy Nancy has left us All. Be well and Know that we Care and we share Your Loss
    Love Always,
    Dorothy Kahn Resnick and Family

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  • Ben Kingston Posted May 30, 2023 12:40 pm

    For me and so many of my WHS classmates, Nancy is inseparable from so many memories we have of growing up. Her kindness and the care she showed each of us is immeasurable. Nancy made each of us feel we were a pat of a larger family, and we saw her as a matriarch. Thank you for everything you did for us. We miss you Nancy. Sending love to the entire Hornstein family. Thank you for sharing your wonderful mom with us for so many years.

  • Becky Mattice Posted May 31, 2023 5:30 am

    I worked with Nancy many years ago. She was an energetic, happy, kind, considerate individual . She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. My very sincere condolences.

  • Wendy Erwin Posted June 2, 2023 12:14 am

    My memories of Nancy are indelible. At a young age (when it counted most!) her warmth, ease, good humor and mad baking skills made me feel like I had a home away from home. Her work ethic was admirable and her social prowess, second to none. I will always remember you, Nancy. Thank you. Love to Beth & the family!
    -Wendy E.

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