Thomas A. Neumann
October 31, 1957 – May 10, 2023
VISITATION: Monday, May 22nd at 10am at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 1920 N. 102nd St., followed by 11am CHRISTIAN MEMORIAL MASS, 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Heart Association or to Nebraska Humane Society.
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Tom Neumann was preceded in death by parents Red and Rosemary Neumann, Brothers Joe and Mike Neumann.
Survived by wife Rosalyn, siblings Sue Sixta (Dave), John (Corkie), Pat Tworek (Frank), Dick (Pat), Lori Akers (Gene), Jan Neumann (Paul Spagnolo), Kitty Rasmussen (Tom), Duke (Dawn), sister-in-laws, Peg and Margaret, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Tom grew up with his 10 siblings in the tight knit Hanscom Park neighborhood, making lifelong friendships along the way.
Tom met Roz through his colleague, Wade Lanum, at Platteview High School where Tom and Wade coached together. After Tom started buying plane tickets to see Roz in Alexandria, VA, it was apparent she was the one! Roz’s family quickly became Tom’s family and he never failed to have fun stories about his mother-in-law, Mary Frances and father-in-law, Lefty. They traveled often with Roz’s siblings Debbie, Tony, and their families.
Tom attended St. Adalbert School, Paul VI High School, and The University of Nebraska at Omaha (BS, MS). He received his certification in Assessment Leadership from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln and obtained his National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult-Science/Physics.
At Paul VI, Tom excelled academically and played football, basketball, and baseball. At UNO, he played baseball. Like his father and brothers, Tom was an avid golfer with three holes in one. He participated in the Joe Theiler Golf League for his entire adult life. For 20 years, he was the driving force of the Red Neumann Cancer Society Golf Tournament, helping to raise awareness and thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.
He loved his pets, especially the dogs. Most were named after scientists or athletes. Three of his dogs were named after the English mathematician Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace. Additional pets were a basset hound, Wade Boggs, and a turtle, named Rod Carew after the Twins Hall of Famer. Lady, a certified therapy dog, brought joy to Millard South’s special needs students in her classroom role.
As a teacher his whole life, Tom taught high school science at Omaha Cathedral, Platteview, Millard South, and Skutt Catholic High Schools. He coached girls’ basketball at Platteview and golf at Cathedral. He was a teacher and coach to his brother, Duke at Cathedral.
Tom lived every aspect of his life as an educator, passionate about science education and guiding young minds. Many years ago, he chose to participate in the Anatomical Board of Nebraska Gift Program. His body is being donated to the students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for their research and education. When asked why he chose to do this, his answer was simply “Why wouldn’t I do that?” Even after dying, Tom continues his mission to teach.