Zachary A. Fochek

Zachary A. Fochek

April 12, 2000 – March 30, 2023

VISITATION: Wednesday, April 5th, at 5pm, with 7pm PrayerService, West Center Chapel.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, April 6th, at 11am, St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 Q St.

INTERMENT:2:30pm, Memorial Park Cemetery, Council Bluffs.

Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Zachary Fochek, 22, of Omaha, NE, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, 2023. He was born on April 12, 2000, to Rebecca and Jason Fochek in Omaha.

Zach was a light in so many people’s lives and brought so much joy to everyone he knew. He had many friends, and anyone that met him knew how great of a person Zach was and how much love he had for everyone. Zach loved the game of soccer and spent his early childhood and teen years playing and making memories with his teammates. Zach was also an avid shoe collector who loved and adored his three kitties. He most recently started a new career in something he was passionate about, computer programming.

In 2021, Zach met the love of his life and best friend, Eden. He and Eden shared a short but beautiful life and experienced so many great things together as a couple. They got the opportunity to travel together and loved eating Sushi and Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Zach was also the rock to his mom Rebecca, with whom they shared many amazing memories throughout the years. They laughed together, cried together, and spent countless hours cheering on their favorite soccer teams together.

In the last couple of years, Jason and Zach enjoyed the grind of buying and selling on eBay together. Zach was very intelligent with technology and mechanically inclined. He could fix just about anything with little research or watching a YouTube video. During Covid, Jason and Zach even cut each other’s hair, which usually didn’t turn out the best. Zach also loved his sister Carolyn dearly, and they made so many memories together throughout their childhood. After Carolyn left for college a few years ago, they continued to keep in touch, helped support each other, and shared great milestones of what was going on in each of their lives.

Zach was preceded in death by his grandma Carol Whyte; grandpa Alan Fochek; great-grandparents: Frank and Dorthy Fochek, Carl and Joann Martens, and Norm Canaday.

He is survived by his parents: Rebecca Fochek-Kennedy, Jason Fochek and girlfriend Amanda Heiden; sister Carolyn Fochek; fiancé Eden Venteicher; grandparents Bill and Donna Whyte; aunts and uncles: Christy (Kane) Kuhn, John (Jenn) Whyte, Josue (Katie) Fochek, Amanda (Nate) Ruh; along with many cousins: Laynie and Mason Kuhn, Lexi and Alison Whyte, Noah, and Haylie and Chloe Fochek, Maci and Hadlee and Jocie Ruh.

Rest in Paradise, Zachary, until we meet again.

Sunrise on 4/12/2000 and Sunset on 3/30/2023.


  • Tony Gould Posted April 3, 2023 4:12 am

    I am praying for you and your family

  • Nancy Thiele Posted April 4, 2023 4:03 pm

    My heart is full of sorrow for all of his family And loved ones, God bless all of you and keep you in his arms for comfort .

  • Marcy Venteicher Morgaridge Dil Posted April 4, 2023 5:26 pm

    I will always be a Zach fan. He made my little girl happy and treated her well!

  • Angela and Micah Kelln and girls Posted April 5, 2023 9:32 am

    We are so sorry about Zach, our prayers are with all of you.

  • Jeff bremer Posted April 5, 2023 12:22 pm

    May God surround your hearts and minds with loving memories of Zach.

  • Lianne Hensley Posted April 5, 2023 2:37 pm

    Sending many prayers to your family. Zach always had the biggest heart for everyone around him

  • Joyce Buller Posted April 5, 2023 7:46 pm

    Rebecca and Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the precious memories you have of time spent with Zach. You are in my thoughts and I am wishing you peace at this difficult time.

  • Steve & Brandi Goldapp Posted April 6, 2023 6:16 am

    We are so sorry for the pain you and your family is feeling right now. We will always remember Zach as the amazing soccer player that he was! We are thankful for him bringing you into our life. All our prayers for God to comfort your heart!

  • Lisa Ripper Posted April 6, 2023 7:48 am

    Dear Carolyn and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. May your memories of him bring you comfort today and always.

    Lisa (Carolyn’s former research coworker at Pitt)

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