Shirley Van Wagenen

Shirley Van Wagenen

Nov 25, 1925 – Feb 3, 2018

Passed away at age 93 on Saturday, February 3rd at Brighton Gardens in Omaha.  Her husband, Jon L. Van Wagenen; brother, James Nickerson; and parents, Edna and James Drexel, preceded her in death.  She is survived by sons, Jon R. “Duke” Van Wagenen (Barbara Menzel)) and Richard K. Van Wagenen; nephews, James Nickerson and David Nickerson; and numerous grandchildren.

Shirley was born Shirley Lucille Nickerson in Omaha on November 25, 1925.  She graduated from Omaha Technical High School and worked for the Retail Credit Association in Omaha prior to her marriage to Jon Van Wagenen in Hiawatha, Kansas on April 28, 1947.  She was a sports enthusiast and avid Cubs Baseball Fan.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL SERVICE.  Interment, Forest Lawn.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army at




  • Heather Posted February 20, 2018 11:51 am

    Aunt Shirley was an amazing woman and I love her very much! She had such a unique, fun personality with sass. I miss her everyday, but am grateful she was in my life. I am very sorry for your loss, Duke and Rich. Much love to both of you.

  • Laura Abatangle Owens Posted February 20, 2018 8:52 pm

    Our sympathies to your family. I know how much Aunt Shirley was loved and appreciated by you. She lived a long and valuable life and I will remember her fondly. Long distance hugs!

  • Lynn Abatangle Bell Posted February 21, 2018 3:26 pm

    My family always kept in contact with “Aunt Shirley” …really a cousin for us. We enjoyed hearing about her through Duke. Glad she was part of our extended Nugent family. Condolences to Duke and Richard and families from the California cousins.

  • Skip Sweeney Posted February 23, 2018 3:07 pm

    Duke & Rich,
    Our condolences on the death of your mother. You were lucky to have her for as long as you did, and we know you both will miss her. Cherish your many memories as they will continue to sustain you in the coming days. Wish we could have delivered this message in person, and been there for your Mom’s memorial service.

    Skip & Wendy

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