Rosemary (Sova) Sczepaniak

Rosemary (Sova) Sczepaniak

November 16, 1951 – June 15, 2022 

Rosemary, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Rosemary, the youngest child and only daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth Sova, was born in Omaha on November 16, 1951.  Between a love of traveling and her love for family, Rosemary lived a very full life.

In addition to raising their three children, Rosemary and the love of her life, Gerald, enjoyed 26 cruises, trips to Japan, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Hawaii among many other states, and countless trips to Disney.

Her family expanded internationally when they hosted Julia, a foreign-exchange student from Spain who became their third daughter. Rosemary loved celebrating the achievements, big and small, of her children and grandchildren at every opportunity.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gerald; daughters, Heather Smith (Keith) and Amy Olson (Tom); son, Jeremy Sczepaniak (Aaron); grandchildren: Brooke, Cole (Madison), Hanna, Lainee (Lane) and Noah; brothers Frank and Jim Sova; and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Monday, June 20th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, June 21st at 10:30am, West Center Chapel. Interment: St. John Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.

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  • Tara Brooks & John Siarkowski Posted June 18, 2022 10:18 am

    In your time of sorrow, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  • Betty Latka Posted June 18, 2022 11:15 am

    So sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. Our family lived across the street from her parents, the
    Sova’s. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Steffani Jiroux Posted June 18, 2022 11:16 am

    She had the ability to brighten any and every room she walked into. Always able to make people feel like their best self in her presence, Endlessly missed yet the memory of her grace and love will carry on in my heart forever. Heaven gained a special soul.

    • Regina Lupo Posted June 20, 2022 6:07 pm

      Steffani, you have expressed my sentiments exactly as I have no words to equal what you have written. My heart is broken. Rosemary was always smiling, or laughing, and definitely loving. I worked with her at OPS and she brightened every day. She is missed by me and many. We were blessed to have an angel in our midst.

  • Tom & Lori Szalewski Posted June 18, 2022 12:47 pm

    Rose will be missed by all who knew her! Hugs and prayers to the entire family! One last kiss on the cheek!

  • Kevin Burke Posted June 19, 2022 9:49 am

    Please know that our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family

  • Janet (Szczepaniak) Sutton Posted June 20, 2022 9:37 am

    I haven’t Rosemary for so many years, but I remember well when she visited the bakery while I was working there as a young teenager. I remember her bright smile and kind works as she gathered bakery items for her family. She had a presence about her full of light and love. Thinking of your family and praying for you as you mourn the loss your beloved wife, mother, friend. May her light always shine upon you.

  • Mary Fuhrman Queen Posted June 20, 2022 3:42 pm

    Prayers to Gerald and your family

  • Tom and Deb Derrick Posted June 20, 2022 6:01 pm

    Our hearts go out to your family on the loss of a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Thinking of you.

  • Connie Wickham Posted June 20, 2022 6:28 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Rosemary at OPS. She was professional, efficient, and most of all, kind. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Connie

  • Joan Sova Posted June 21, 2022 9:59 am

    I am so sorry. Just know Rosemary was one of the sweetest souls I ever had the pleasure of meeting and being with. Take care family and may God Bless you and be with you always.

  • Carroll Smith Posted June 21, 2022 10:31 am

    Jerry. Thoughts and prayers to you and your families 🙏

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