Sarah Kathleen (Pate) Kiihne

Sarah Kathleen (Pate) Kiihne

February 12, 1971 – August 10, 2020


On Monday, August 10, 2020, Sarah Kiihne loving mother and grandmother, passed away after a short, but difficult battle with pancreatic cancer.  Sarah was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2020 and underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy that were ultimately unsuccessful.  Sarah was moved to the Josie Harper Hospice house in July 2020 where she was able to see close family and friends and received many cards and flowers from close friends and extended family.  Sarah was astounded by the abundance of support that she received and was deeply touched by these actions.

Sarah was born on February 12, 1971 in Marysville, Kansas to Jim and Sue Pate.  Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1996.  Sarah worked for Omaha Public Schools as a teacher for 23 years.  Sarah ended her career while working as the technology teacher at Spring Lake Elementary, where she worked for many years.  Sarah’s career also included teaching kindergarten and second grade.

Her passion’s included spending time with her grandchildren, children, and friends.  Sarah enjoyed playing volleyball and dart leagues.  Her other passions included reading, New York Yankee baseball and trivia games.

Sarah was preceded in death by her father, Jim Pate.  She is survived by her mother, Sue Pate; her sister, Cindy Macfarlane; her two children, Alexander and Mikayla; and two grandchildren, Liliana and Isaac as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Saturday, August 15th from 10am to 12 Noon, at the West Center Chapel followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 12 Noon.  Flowers or donations may be sent to Heafey Hoffmann.



  • Marie Hernandez Posted August 13, 2020 8:16 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Sarah’s passing. I’ve worked with Sarah the past 5 years at Spring Lake and greatly admired her as a compassionate teacher. She was so thrilled to become the technology teacher this past year. I think she had found her niche, she was good at it and she loved it. I am so glad that she had that opportunity. She was so proud of her children too and loved to share their accomplishments. Sarah will be missed at Spring Lake. Please accept my condolences.

  • jan k hansen Posted August 13, 2020 9:22 am

    Sarah was such a fun choir member at Bethel. We so miss her.

  • Kim Juranek Posted August 13, 2020 9:24 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing, but there is no more pain. May you always cherish the fond memories of your mom and grandmother in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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