Phyllis J. Lueninghoener

Phyllis J. Lueninghoener

August 27, 1950 – March 29, 2021

Preceded in death by infant son, William Edward Lueninghoener; siblings, Jack Ryan, Mary Maurice, Sr. Loretta Ryan.  Survived by husband, Edward Lueninghoener; children: Ryan Lueninghoener (Alisha), Cory Lueninghoener (Lisabeth), Quentin Lueninghoener (Elizabeth), Kelcey Lueninghoener (Alicia); three grandchildren: Madeline, Emily, and Timothy; siblings: Theresa Sherman (Tom), Bernie Culver (Mike), Ann Peterson (George), Frank Ryan, Bill Ryan, (Sheryl), Rita Ryan; nieces and nephews.

VISITATION with CDC guidelines:  Sunday, April 4th from 5pm to 7 pm at the West Center Chapel with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, April 5th at 10:30am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge Street.  Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Bethlehem House.

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Phyllis (Ryan) Lueninghoener, age 70, passed away on the night of March 28, 2021, surrounded by her family.  Phyllis was born in Red Oak, Iowa on August 27, 1950, the ninth of ten children and the first to be born in a hospital.  She grew up on her family’s farm near Corning, Iowa.  During high school and college, Phyllis spent time living with her cousin in Omaha, Nebraska.  It was also in Omaha that she met her husband, Edward Lueninghoener, picking him up off the floor of the Golden Buda Lounge.

Ed and Phyllis were married on January 6, 1973, and lived in a few cities around the country before settling back in Omaha.  Phyllis was active in her children’s school lives, taking the occasional baked goods and daiquiris to teachers during parent-teacher conferences, leading Cub Scout and Girl Scout meetings, and attending any activity that the kids were part of to show her support.  She was also an active member of Saint Margaret Mary   Catholic Church Parish for more than 30 years.  She loved spending time with her friends, amazing neighbors, large extended family, staying up late into the night having backyard bonfires, getting smarter with each rum and Coke, and laughing about all manner of things.  

In recent years, she looked forward each year to her spring break trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia, where she would spend a week eating shrimp and wiggling her toes in the sand at one of her favorite places in the country with some of her favorite people.  During the rest of the year, she actively looked for new recipes, new gardening ideas, cat pictures, and memes.  She was also known to send the occasional inappropriate joke to anyone she was reminded of.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edward; her children: Ryan (Alisha), Cory (Lisabeth), Quentin (Elizabeth), and Kelcey (Alicia); her grandchildren: Madeline, Emily, and Timothy; her siblings: Rita, Frank, Bill, Bernie, Ann, and Theresa, numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Helen; her infant son, William; and her siblings Mary, Jack, and Sr. Loretta.

She lived her Irish heritage every day, happy to bestow her favorite Irish blessing to anyone: “May your birds always be on top, your foods never touching, and your water as icy cold as it can be”.

Donations in Phyllis’s memory can be made to Bethlehem House in Omaha, Nebraska, one of her favorite organizations to support.





  • Dave Morton Posted April 1, 2021 2:44 pm

    My thoughts and condolences to all of the Lueninghoener family from a LANL co-worker. Dave Morton

  • Mindy Pankers Posted April 1, 2021 4:20 pm

    Kelcey and family you all in my thoughts. I have fond memories of the occasional times I made it for game night in high school. Phyllis was always so warm and welcoming, such a sweet person that left a lasting impact.

  • Don and Sharyl Jump Posted April 1, 2021 6:04 pm

    So sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing. She will be missed by her children, grandchildren and family….a great mother, grandmother, sister and wife….. hugs and prayers to all of her family and friends.

  • Don Jump Posted April 1, 2021 6:05 pm

    Phylis will be missed

  • Jody Monahan Posted April 1, 2021 6:57 pm

    I am so sad to hear of the loss of Phyllis. She was a great neighbor! I will miss seeing her at Baker’s on Saddlecreek where she would go for an occasional smoke in her PT Cruiser! May God bless her family and friends, I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers! See you on the other side, Phyllis!

  • Arnold Leonard Posted April 1, 2021 7:16 pm

    Sorry for your loss to the family, We were neighbor when she was a. Young living on the farm south of Corning . Rember and good friends to Bill and Helen..

  • Judith Mascolo Posted April 1, 2021 7:44 pm

    So sorry for the loss your sibling ..

  • Becky Heidger Posted April 1, 2021 7:45 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I live next door to Ann Peterson and was so sadden, to hear of her and your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Regina Grimsley Posted April 1, 2021 7:45 pm

    I am so sorry for your little sis’s death!

  • Vera Lúcia Ryan Posted April 1, 2021 7:51 pm

    Those who leave are homesick and memories of that past, so they never completely disappear. Receive my condolences.

  • Nancy Carson Posted April 2, 2021 8:29 am

    Ed I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Phyllis sounds like she was such a fun and loving person to have had in your life. I am send love and prayers your way.

  • Ned Holmes Posted April 2, 2021 8:34 am

    May Ed and family be comforted abundantly knowing this dear lady lived life to the fullest and will remain with each family member because of their faith journey together. In love and understanding.
    Ned and Linda Holmes

  • Jeffrey Cook Posted April 2, 2021 9:27 am

    Ed, Phyllis was an amazing woman and friend. I am SO SORRY. My thoughts and prayers are with you..May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family.

    Jeffrey Cook (Brother of Jim Cook – Corning High School Class of 1968)
    CHS Class of 1976

  • Roger and Liz Rea Posted April 2, 2021 3:08 pm

    Liz and I wee saddened to learn about Phyllis. We remember her laughter and wry sense of humor. I recall my only visit to Jekyll Island, GA, with Ed and Phyllis before they had children. Ed and I stayed in a pup tent on the island — Phyllis and her sister stayed in a Holiday Inn! Many good memories!

  • Rick and Milli Davis Posted April 2, 2021 7:02 pm

    Ed, we are so sorry for your loss of Phyllis. Her obit was a too short summary of the impact she had on your family’s life as a wife, mother, grandmother. Her fun and loving nature was apparent and will provide treasured memories for you and your family. God bless y’all.

  • Terry and Suzi Carson Posted April 4, 2021 9:50 am

    Ed and family
    Sending you are condolences on the loss of your loved one.

  • Terry and Suzi Carson Posted April 4, 2021 3:34 pm

    Correction from previous message. Should have read OUR condolences. After all I took English from Mrs Wacha.

  • John Popelka Posted April 5, 2021 5:12 pm

    Ed and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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