Rita Ann Karnish

Rita Ann Karnish

December 15, 1933 – November 18, 2023

VISITATION: Tuesday, November 21st from 12noon to 1pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 1pm.  Interment: St. John Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Humane Society.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


Rita went to her heavenly Father on November 18, 2023.

She was preceded in death by husband, Richard Karnish; infant son Michael; parents, Richard and Ann Crum; three brothers: Richard, Joseph and Gerald. Also preceded in death by Betty Ann Record who was like a sister to her.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kathy Karnish; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Herb Johansen; grandchildren: Aimee and husband Adam Tice, Angela Segrist, Ryan Johansen and wife Megan, Scott Karnish and wife Erin, Kelly and husband Josh Parrish; eleven great-grandchildren: Lauren, Blake, Jack, Emily, Luke, Logan, Riley, Amanda, Aurora, Aubrey and Autumn.

Rita grew up in Omaha and went to St. Joseph’s School. She married Richard Karnish and had three children. For most of her life, she lived at her home on A Street. She worked at Western Electric for many years, then opened a home day care. She loved taking care of children and became like a grandma to many of them. Her greatest joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they loved her as well. They were all an important part of her life, and she loved spending time with them. She moved to a 55-and-older apartment complex several years ago and had the time of her life. Many times, she told us she was having so much fun with her best friends, Norma and Bobbie. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, shopping, watching Husker volleyball and football games, and spending time with her family and friends.  We will miss her dearly.






  • Jane Altman Posted November 20, 2023 1:00 pm

    Thought and prayers to all of you. Rita was my godmother and a part of our extended family; I hope she and Mom find good places to go shopping together.

  • Jane Patterson Posted November 20, 2023 1:51 pm

    We enjoyed Rita’s friendship and good times at the Grand Reserve. She is missed. Rest In Peace.

  • Norma L Roland Posted November 20, 2023 2:35 pm

    Am so sorry for your loss. Now she is free from pain and has reach her final heavenly home, a place she talked about many times with me. Some day we will see her again.

  • Barb Woods Posted November 20, 2023 2:42 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Rita’s family. She was such a good friend to my mom, Betty Record, and was such an all-around fun person to be around. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of her that you hold close.

  • Janet Scigo Shafer Posted November 20, 2023 2:50 pm

    My prayers are with you all. Your Mom meant so much to me. I loved talking to her about everything from Nebraska football to our families and hearing all about her beloved grandchildren & great grandchildren. So many good memories that I shall cherish forever. Rest in Paradise Rita. I Love You!

  • Matt and Diane Andress Posted November 21, 2023 7:19 am

    Rick and Kathy we are so sorry for your loss but, oh what a wonderful life she had! I remember all the fun and crazy things her and Rich were into back in the Oal/Elm Street days. It’s nice to know they are together again❤️

  • John Reeh Posted November 21, 2023 5:58 pm

    Remembering Rita today! Her and Rich used to come down to my grandparents house to visit. She was always the most elegant woman in the room. It was my pleasure to have had the honor of knowing such a beautiful woman. My condolences go out to the family during this difficult time.

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