Theresa A. Holman

Theresa A. Holman

August 5, 1939 – September 28, 2020


Preceded in death by husband, Eugene A. Holman, Sr.; and parents, Ann and Joseph Spirek.  Survived by children: Eugene Holman, Jr. (Brenda), Katherine Slykerman (Myron), Carol Schmidt (Jon), Julie Ryan (Ron) and Joseph Holman (Samantha); 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and sister-in-law, Linda Acamo.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Thursday, October 1st from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, October 2nd, 10am, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church (1920 N. 102nd St.)  INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Children’s Home Society, St. Leo’s or Children’s Hospital.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.


Theresa A. Spirek was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 5, 1939 and adopted by Joseph and Ann (Murphy) Spirek when she was 2 months old. Her parents died while she was young so she moved in with an aunt and uncle who finished raising her. She graduated from Mercy High School in 1957.

That November, she met Eugene A. Holman. It was love at first sight and they married the following year on August 16, 1958. They had five children. All five of their children married and gave them a total of 15 grandchildren, as well as one great grandchild with another to be born by the end of this year.

Being a mother and raising a family was of the utmost importance to her. She counted herself blessed with each new arrival. She was a loving mother, wonderful grandmother, and incredible cook. She spent years perfecting recipes and has a few that are considered treasured family secrets.

A lifelong Catholic with a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Theresa carried a rosary with her and could be found praying in quiet hours of the day as well as in the midst of chaotic moments. She served as a reader at Mass as well as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and missed these special ministries when they came to an end.

Theresa was proud of her work as a secretary and retired from Douglas County Hospital in 2001. During the last few years, she could still read and write shorthand!

Her proudest moments included graduating from Metropolitan Community College with an associate degree. She had a deep passion for writing, was a voracious reader, loved putting puzzles together and solving crosswords. She was even been known to play word games online with her friends. These activities kept her mind sharp and her pen close at hand.

In her retirement, she found making quilts to be rewarding and enjoyed sewing with her quilting groups and guild. She loved shopping for fabric, working on group projects, and donating the quilts to others in need. It was another way for her giving and caring heart to share with others.

During the last couple of years, Theresa had developed some heart problems which really slowed her down and bothered her greatly. She longed to be more active but struggled to find the energy. In the end, her heart failed and she passed into eternity on September 28, 2020.

Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene “Gene” Holman, Sr.; parents, Joseph P. and Ann Spirek; brothers: Richard, Joseph (Mae Shade), and John Acamo; brothers and sisters-in-law: Jane and Anthony Bruckner, Joseph and Eleanor Holman, Dorothy and William Harden, George and Patricia Holman. She is survived by her children: Eugene Jr. and Brenda, Katherine and Myron Slykerman, Carol and Andy Schmidt, Julie and Deacon Ron Ryan, Joseph and Samantha; grandchildren: Matthew, Lucas and Benjamin Slykerman, Hannah (Andrew) Hettinger, Rebecca (Dominic) Castello, Nicholas, Zachary, Nathaniel and Madison Schmidt, Jacob and Daniel Ryan; Kylie (Spencer) Robinson, Christian, Kennedy and Colby Holman; great grandchildren, Sawyer Castello and Henry Hettinger; sister-in-law, Linda Acamo; nieces and nephews.



  • Ken Holmstrom Posted September 30, 2020 9:31 am

    Kathy, Gene, Carol, Julie, Joe, Lisa and I are so very sorry for the loss if your Mom. I know from our Facebook chats she missed your dad a lot so now she is with him. Sending prayers to all of you during this difficult time if there is anything we can do please don’t hesitate to ask. God Bless all of you.

  • Jane Halstead Posted September 30, 2020 7:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Now she is reunited with your dad but I know she will be greatly missed.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Marilyn White Posted October 1, 2020 12:16 pm

    I often thought about both Theresa and Gene throughout the years…they were such good people. Her laugh is not something you forget. This world was a better place with her in it..

  • Mary Darby Posted October 1, 2020 2:17 pm

    Theresa and I were classmates at Mercy High School. Our paths separated when we got married and raised our children. We got together with other classmates for lunch until the COVID virus separated us.. Will carry many memories of our motherly lives shared after days at school. May she rest finally in the Sacred Hearts arms with her mother Mary, also. Mary Theresa (Terri) Clemens Darby

  • Stephanie Richard Posted October 1, 2020 4:27 pm

    To Teresa’s family I pray you are comforted by the presence of God and wonderful memories. I sewed with your mom at Helping Hands and always enjoyed her company and and appreciated her kindness.
    Good bye sweet friend. Save me a seat in Heaven’s quilting corner. SR

  • ANGELINA V Reed Posted October 1, 2020 4:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing your mom with me. I will miss are bus trips to by fabric. I will miss are rides to Wendy’s to buy malts. I will miss love conversations. Listening to her life stories.. Can not say it enough. Theresa loved her family. will miss Theresa at yearly xmas party and sew in. I can not say it enough. Theresa was a great help to me with Omaha Quilters Guild Helping Hands . Charity part of the guild.
    love and miss my friend. but i have my memories. and pictures.

  • ANGELINA V Reed Posted October 1, 2020 5:12 pm

    thank you for sharing Theresa with me and the quilting world. I love you and miss you my Theresa. .I will miss the stories . I will miss partner in crime. Theresa loved her family.

  • Jeanette podwinski Posted October 1, 2020 5:14 pm

    so sorry to hear about your lost. She is helping with the great quilt in heaven. I am sure she’s giving them many a creative advice. I have missed her at helping hands. God speed on her new adventure.

  • ANGELINA V Reed Posted October 1, 2020 7:12 pm

    everyone is in my prayers

  • Mr. Eugene H. Wahl Mrs. Sharon Wahl Posted October 1, 2020 7:15 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Theresa’s passing. Gene & I so enjoyed the time we spent with her & Gene. God took home one of his angels. Gene & Brenda you have our sincere sympathies & please extend these to your loved ones.

  • Dan Wilcox Posted October 2, 2020 10:04 am

    Gene, Kathy, Carol, Julie, Joe,
    Very sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. While it has been many years since I was close to you and your parents, I have never forgotten those friendships. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Gene Holman Posted October 2, 2020 9:00 pm

      We thank you all for thinking of us and our mom at this time. From those who knew her later in her life to those who knew her many years ago. I know she remembered everyone!

      Gene Jr.

  • Andrea Chakravarti Posted January 5, 2021 8:16 pm

    I knew Theresa through Omaha Quilters Guild and enjoyed visiting with her during our meetings. She was dedicated to her craft. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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