Rosemary C. Salcedo

Rosemary C. Salcedo

January 14, 1943 – April 14, 2021

Preceded in death by mother, Trini Mendoza; father, Zenaido Campos; brother, Richard Campos. Survived by husband, Luis; children, Nancy Mejia (Javier) and Danny Salcedo; four granddaughters: Ashley Mejia, Brittany Smith (Eric), Monica Salcedo, and Alexis Guerrero (Jorge); three great-grandsons; Michael Mejia-Gonzales, Austin Smith, and Ryan Smith; sister, Aurora Aguilera; brothers, Joseph Campos (Chris) and Bob Campos.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, April 20th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, April 21st at 12 Noon, St. John’s Catholic Church-Creighton Campus.  Masks required and social distancing will be practiced.  Seating is limited and registration for in-person attendance is required at Interment:  Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. To view live broadcast of Services, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Rosemary Salcedo, was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
She was born on January 15, 1943 in Omaha, Nebraska, a daughter of the late Trini Mendoza and Zeniado Campos.

She attended Norte Dame Academy from 1957 to 1961. Following high school, she had a calling to become a nun and joined the convent of Notre Dame. However, after more than a year, God had different plans; she returned to lay life and started taking jobs ranging from babysitting a family of ten to working as an assistant at First National Bank.

She married Luis Salcedo in 1963 and had two children, Nancy and Danny.  While being a devoted wife and mother, she worked at Kmart Automotive department for more than 10 years. Yet again, there were other plans for her life. Rosemary accepted a position as Community Liaison at Omaha South High School–establishing the first annual Hispanic Higher Education Workshop, bringing Hispanic role models, such as Jaime Escalante and John Quinones, to speak and encourage the youth of South Omaha to attend college. Over the span of a 25-year career, her efforts brought to fruition the dreams of many students to attend college and attain a degree. To this day, many of these mentored students make a significant impact in their communities.

We cannot overlook that she also worked as a waitress at her mother’s restaurant, “El Aguila”.  She enjoyed the interaction with the customers. Her notable humor and “one liners” made her popular among the regular clients.

After retirement from the field of education, she continued to serve the public at the Willa Cather Library.

Rosemary had a passion for life and a one-of-a-kind personality, with a sense of humor that rivaled any comedian. Her life adventures included travels to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Aruba, Spain, and Italy. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish and a solidarity member of the Guadalupanas  at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. Rosemary enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing Bunko with the Bunko Babs, life long-friends from high school.

All who knew and loved her will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm and underlying love and caring for them.  Rosemary will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. 



  • Kathy Ponec Posted April 17, 2021 2:55 pm

    RIP Rosemary.

  • Cynthia A Gonzalez Posted April 17, 2021 3:20 pm

    Luis, Nancy, Danny and familia, I am so sorry to know Rosemary has left us on Earth. I am praying for you all and for strength and understanding. I always picture Rosemary organizing all those cool events for the kids at South and watching that the Latino and Spanish speaking kids were not left behind. What a spark plug. Taking charge and making things happen. The community will miss her. ♥️May your happy memories and knowing what a support she was for others help you through these tough days. – Cindy Gonzalez

  • Michael Gonzales Posted April 17, 2021 10:14 pm

    I love you grandma Omaha

  • Lori Pitman Posted April 18, 2021 7:52 am

    Heaven has gained one of the best and all there will delight in her many stories. I knew Rosemary through work at Willa Cather and it was a delight to work with her.. She will be missed by all who knew her. May her family find comfort in their memories and in the love she had for each one of them.

  • Mary Buglewicz Duffy Posted April 18, 2021 10:05 am

    Rosemary was a beautiful person, inside and out. I knew her from many years ago in South Omaha. We would see each other periodically, but in later years, especially at the Willa Cather Branch Library. Heaven has gained an angel. My sympathy to her family and all that knew her. I am sure St. Peter is welcoming her in Heaven with, “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.” RIP Rosemary. You have left an impact on this earth.

  • Brad and Mary Haeg Posted April 18, 2021 6:30 pm

    Luis and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We have such vivid memories of Rosemary and you when we lived next door to you all on 40th street in the early 90’s. The two of you impacted our family in a way that you never knew. Our sons Hugh and Howie really enjoyed playing with your grandkids in the backyard. We made a point after we moved to Colorado to always make a positive impact on those next door to us and we contribute that to the both of you. We now live in South Carolina and love our next door neighbors just like we loved you all. God has always provided such wonderful people to us and we want you to know that you are special to us. May God love and comfort you through these difficult days ahead. We love you guys.

    Brad, Mary, Hugh, and Howie Haeg

  • Pat Roelle Posted April 19, 2021 8:31 am

    In high school I remember Rosie as a very kind person to everyone. It was a joy to know her. My sympathy to all of her family.

  • Mark Miller Posted April 19, 2021 9:08 am

    I had the privilege of working with Rosemary for 15 years at South High. She was a delightful, caring person who worked tirelessly for not only our Hispanic students, but for all of our South High family. My condolences to her family.

  • Bette Norton Ball Posted April 19, 2021 6:06 pm

    Losing Rosemary is like losing a precious treasure. She made every person she came in contact with laugh or smile. Her devotion to her family and friends was unwavering. Her motto was always ” When we work, we work. When we play, we play.” She did both extremely well. Her dedication to helping students and families at South High School was always a priority. I will never forget what a true friend she has been and will hold so many memories of Rosemary Salcedo as keepsakes forever!

  • Lori Nelson Posted April 20, 2021 5:01 pm

    I knew Rosemary during two different times in my life. As a student at Omaha South I met a dynamic petite woman who knew the names of hundred of students. As a manager at Willa Cather Branch Library I met a sassy lady who always had a tall tale and a twinkle in her eye. Rosemary loved her family and bragged about her grandkids. I will miss her.

  • Susan &Jim Swanson Posted April 21, 2021 4:03 pm

    We knew Rosemary at South and will miss her. She was one of a kind and we will miss her stories. No one could tell a story like she did and make you laugh so much. Thanks for being a part of our lives. Our prayers and thoughts are with Luis and the family.

  • Maureen Miller Posted April 26, 2021 11:51 am

    Salcedo Family,
    My visits as a college rep to South High was always greeted by Rosemary with a warm and fun-loving welcome. She knew the high school students inside the school and outside with loving care and so connected to them. Some of UNK’s top scholarships were awarded to South students on Rosemary’s recommendations. I learnt so much from her of the South Omaha culture, her family and her students. She was always so inclusive of all. Rosemary’s love for her family was always a first in her life. I will always cherished her friendship and sweet fun adventures with her.

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