Wendy Anne Koontz

Wendy Anne Koontz

Jan 17, 1974 – Feb 20, 2017

Wendy Anne Koontz, age 43, of Omaha left this life on February 20, 2017. She spent her last days surrounded by her family who love her beyond all measure. A MEMORIAL SERVICE to celebrate her many gifts given freely over the years to her family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 1pm at the Bel Air Chapel. Rev. Dr. Sue Coller of First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln will officiate.

Wendy was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Jan. 17, 1974. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Council Bluffs, graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1992. She went on to major in Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1995, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2003.

Wendy’s professional employment began with a job at the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs, followed by experience as a caseworker for Child Protective Services and as a Juvenile Parole Tracker for Family Services in Omaha. She went on to serve for several years as an Alternative Education Specialist with the Omaha Public Schools. In 2006 she became a Federal Probation Officer, the job she always said was her dream. No one was surprised that she turned that dream into reality.

In 2013 Wendy married the love of her life, Dr. William James Higgins III. Wendy’s and Billy’s love was visible to everyone around them. They laughed together, gave strength to each other, and cried together as it became clear that Wendy’s time with us would be cut short. In January of 2016 the little person that Wendy described as her highest achievement, William James Higgins IV, was born. She adored him with her whole heart and delighted in each of his accomplishments. She held him, read to him, played with him, laughed when he laughed, and kissed him endlessly. Her eyes sparkled each time she looked at him. Billy’s and William’s love for Wendy made the past year bearable for her.

Wendy was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Harold and Lila Frazier of McCook, NE, and by a maternal uncle, Lawrence A. Frazier of Lincoln. She is survived by her husband, William James Higgins III of Omaha; her infant son, William James Higgins IV; her parents, Rev. Dr. Peter and Mickie Frazier-Koontz of Rio Rancho, NM; her sister, Karey Olson of Seattle; aunts, Kathleen Maloney of Omaha and Anabeth Hormel Cox of Lincoln; uncles, Stephen Frazier and Ray Kolak of Albuquerque, NM; parents-in-law, Michael and Tracy Higgins and Sherry and Bill O’Malley, all of Crystal Lake, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Julie (Mark) Higgins Schmidt of Edina, MN and Arron (Jamie) Navan of Southampton, NY; nephews and nieces: Connor and James Navan, Evie and Anja Schmidt; cousins: Justice Stephanie Frazier Stacy and Julia Frazier Yank of Lincoln and Andrea Frazier Murphy of West Des Moines, IA; legions of friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an educational fund for William James Higgins IV in care of the funeral home.




  • Jennifer Brock Posted February 21, 2017 5:37 pm

    Please accept our sincerest condolences to the entire circle of friends and family. It seems as though Billy and Wendy were a perfect match as they both have touched so many lives and inspired endlessly. We promise to remember Wendy. Always with love and admiration and to assist keeping her loved ones cared for and supported. The world is a better place because of Wendy and her many gifts to the world including her love for her career and family. Love to you all.
    Jennifer Brock and family

  • Ward family Posted February 22, 2017 5:44 am

    “Please accept my condolence at your loss of Mrs. Koontz, This must be difficult for you. We mourn because our God put eternity into our hearts, (Ecclesiastes 3:11). I pray your meditation on the message of Hope I His Holy Word will ease the pain of this sad reality we all face, and give you strength to cope. You are in my prayers for peace, and I pray these passages will give a bit of solace.” Isaiah 33:24, Revelation 21:3,4,
    Mark 10:27,

  • john (Johnny) Ray Posted February 22, 2017 11:02 am

    Peter and Mickie, I am heartbroken over reading about the loss of your precious Wendy. No one wants to go to the gravesite of their children. I cannot put into words the grief that each of you must be going through. I am asking our God to give you comfort as she is in the bosom of her Lord in Heaven…where she is meeting relatives and people she never knew, like my parents and my older brother Michael who was still born. With much, much love and sincere condolences, Johnny Ray, Schertz, TX

  • Mike Lyons Posted February 22, 2017 12:10 pm

    Wendy was one of the most special people I have ever met, and was always such a positive influence in my life. I have no words adequate to express this grief or provide comfort. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.

  • Jeffery Skinner Posted February 22, 2017 12:17 pm

    I was so shocked and sad to read this today. I worked with Wendy at OPS at the Alternative school. I always enjoyed talking to her and was so excited when she got her job as a Federal Probation Officer. After that I lost touch with her but thought of my friend often. Now the pieces are filled in, but the end is not one that I expected. So glad she had her Husband and Son that she adored and was happy during her short time here with us. I am praying for her Family and friends and I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Robin Lyons Posted February 22, 2017 1:38 pm

    Our family is so sorry for the loss of a beautiful person. Heaven just received a superstar. Wendy will always hold a special place in our heart. To her family – you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Bob Whitehouse Posted February 22, 2017 5:51 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Wendy. Although I had not seen her for several years, I can not forget her leadership desires and willingness to learn while we both served at the alternative school a dozen years ago. Wendy supported my campaign when I ran for Board of Regents. . I considered her a friend and an up-and-coming professional. No doubt she’ll be missed by all who knew her.

  • Brittney Gunderson Posted February 23, 2017 8:44 pm

    My heart goes out to Wendy’s family. I have fond memories of working with her during our high school years. She was always smart and uplifting. I can’t remember anything but her smile and fun loving spirit. Prayers for her family and precious baby boy.

  • Mary Buckley Posted February 23, 2017 9:49 pm

    I did not know Wendy well, but I knew her from work at the U.S. District Court. To say I am sorry for your loss seems inadequate, but there are no words to express the shock and sorrow I feel when reading your the story of your brief time together as a family. My thoughts go out to you.

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