Viola M. Bibow

Viola M. Bibow

February 21, 1928 – November 7, 2020


Viola M. Bibow, 92, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Vi was born on February 21, 1928 in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, to Peter H. Knuth and Minnie (Jurgens) Knuth.  She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran church.  Vi attended rural District 34 southwest of Cedar Bluffs and was a graduate of Cedar Bluffs High School.

After graduation, she worked for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company and resided in Omaha.  While Vi was working in Omaha, she took instructions in the Catholic faith and received her First Communion on Christmas Eve in 1947.  On a visit to her hometown, Cedar Bluffs, Vi met her future husband, Francis Bibow, who was in partnership with his brother-in-law, Harper Hemenway, in a hardware business.  Francis and Viola were united in marriage in St. Mary’s Church in Cedar Bluffs on January 24, 1948.

As a married couple, they enjoyed dancing in the many ballrooms in the area, traveling, fishing, playing cards and entertaining.  Viola worked actively in the hardware store for many years after Francis bought out his partner to become sole owner.  She developed a gift area and custom paint mixing service within the store.

In later years, Vi owned and operated Cedar Lakes Tavern and lived near the small lakes on the property.  She enjoyed creating an atmosphere where people from the area could socialize, listen to music and enjoy a meal.

During her work career, Vi was also employed by Hartford Sand and Gravel in Fremont, Ward’s in Omaha, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Law, OB-GYN, University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Data Security, Inc., all of Lincoln.

Vi loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately referred to her as “Nema.”  For many years, she stayed close to her brothers and sisters across the country with letters and phone calls.  They all shared a quick wit and keen sense of humor.  She enjoyed baking and sharing her trademark “fudge brownies,” gardening, reading, travel, sewing, church and community service.

When Vi was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she was a past president and auditor in the parish and area women’s groups.  She served as national director of the church women’s group for three years and was a member of Catholic Daughters.  She was a parishioner in St. Pius X in Omaha for the last 17 years.

Vi was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 60 years and served as president and vice-president at the unit, county and state level.  The development of youth leadership and support for children and veterans was at the heart of her service.  She was a Junior Auxiliary leader, Girl’s State Vice President, and Girl’s State Counselor.  Vi as State President Chapeau of Eight and Forty.  She spent many hours volunteering at the Omaha and Lincoln Veteran’s Hospitals.  Vi was a past member of the Fremont Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Viola is survived by her daughters, Barb (Cary) Gray of Lincoln and Jane (Bill) Krajicek of Omaha; grandchildren: Jason (Amy) Gray of New Orleans, LA; Amy (Mike) Zeleny and Ryan Gray of Lincoln; Jeff (Quinn) Krajicek and Lisa (Lonny) Sund of Omaha; great-grandchildren: Claire, Katherine, John and Lauren Zeleny; Alexis Gray; Ella Penelope and Layla Krajicek and many nieces and nephews.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Arvilla (Glen) Hansen and Irma (Jack) Dinnell; brothers: Duane (Mary Ann) Knuth, Chester (Agnes) Knuth, Glen Arthur “Pete” (Joan) Knuth; and great-grandchild, Joshua J. Sund.

ROSARY Recitation: Friday, November 13th at 10:30am, at St. Pius X Catholic Church (6905 Blondo St.) followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am.  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Friday, 2pm, Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska.  Memorials are suggested to  Vi’s parish, St. Pius X Catholic Church or a charity of the family’s choice.

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  • Dawn Malene Posted November 10, 2020 11:18 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Vi’s passing. Condolences to your entire family, Jane. She always had such a gift of making me laugh. God Bless, Dawn Malene

  • geri Anthony Posted November 10, 2020 11:24 am

    Dear Vi’s Family,
    Pease except our sincerest sympathies..Vi was quite the fun person back in the day, we had some great times out on the river and the sandbar out front of our place! Some super times at Cead Lakes when she owned it..our prayers are with you, God bless you all.
    Myron and Geri Anthony

  • Dan Vogel Posted November 10, 2020 7:28 pm

    Jane and family, Mary and I will keep your family in our prayers at this time of loss. Your mom had a great sense of humor and I always enjoyed our talks after snow blowing her driveway. She would always invite me in for a glass of water and if she was baking cookies she would always make sure I would go home with some. She also insisted that she dry my wet gloves in her stove! She always spoke highly of you and Bill and the grandkids. May she rest in peace and in God’s hands. Dan and Mary Vogel

  • Daniel Dinnell Posted November 11, 2020 9:36 am

    Jane, I send my love and prayers for you and your family. Though your mothers loss is an occasion for mourning, for me it has always been a joy to have known my Aunt Viola and my mom’s sister. I loved that they looked so much alike. I know that death is not the end, for there is a plan for all of us. Viola is now enjoying a reunion with loved ones in paradise, including my mom.. Love, Dan, Cheryl and Eric

  • Margaret Knuth Sudik Posted November 11, 2020 12:34 pm

    Dearest Barb, Jane, Cary and Bill, my heartfelt sympathies for each of you and your families. I will never forget your Mother, my Aunt Vi. She had a gusto for living that was unforgetable and was always welcoming with a quick humor. She gave me my first overnighter in your house in Cedar Bluffs and a wedding shower that had great food and games. She deserves to rest now for a while. Peace be with her and all of you.

  • Jean Knuth Peacock Posted November 11, 2020 4:11 pm

    I’’ll never forget Aunti Vi!!! Her tell it like it attitude was the best!!!! I always loved that and it made me laugh. I loved how she and dad kept in touch. Calling each other weekly to check up on one another.
    Let’s keep that going Cuzs. I love you.

  • Susan Clinkenbeard Posted November 11, 2020 8:32 pm

    My condolences to you and your family Jane. Vi was always the bright spot in a conversation. We last saw her at dad’s funeral.

  • Trish Trofholz Posted November 11, 2020 9:47 pm

    Jane and Family,
    So very sorry to hear about your Mom. Doesn’t matter how old we get, Mom is always Mom. You will miss her but hold real tight to the years of memories you have. She will always be in your heart and with you always.
    Trish Trofholz

  • Harold Sawtelle Posted November 12, 2020 5:42 pm

    So sorry for your loss, May She Rest in Peace!
    Deacon Harold Sawtelle

  • Mike and Mary Meysenburg Posted November 14, 2020 7:32 am

    Dear Jane and Bill – We were saddened to hear about your mother. She lived a very full life – I bet she had some great stories! May she rest in peace.

  • Bob Knuth Posted November 15, 2020 9:26 pm

    Dear Barb, Jane and families,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Auntie Vi always had the first and best most boisterous laugh of anyone in any room she entered. Blessings on her and on you during this difficult week and beyond.

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