Archive of Prayer Requests - 2010
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Posted 12/27/2010:

kelli mannKali Mann, ’09, died in a car accident on Christmas eve, while driving home for Christmas.
Kali was an RA in McGloin Hall and was very active on campus.

Her funeral will be on Wednesday, Dec. 29th, at 1:00 pm,
at the Church of the Holy Family, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
(just west of Minneapolis).

There will be a memorial service on campus, after classes resume.

If you knew Kali, please visit the full obituary at the link below and leave a note for Kali’s family in the Guest Book there.


May our Lord embrace her with eternal life and may our Lord comfort her family with peace and the support of friends.


Posted 12/20/2010:

Prayers are requested for Tami Whitney whose mother who is in ICU after suffering a series of strokes. Tami is with her mother and appreciates prayers during this difficult time. Sadly, Tami also lost her father this past summer and dear husband a year ago.


Posted 12/14/2010:

Prayers are requested for freshman Kody Ingle and his family. Kody, a walk-on for Jays men’s basketball team, is returning home to the Des Moines area to be closer to his mother, Mary, who was diagnosed with cancer last December. Prayers go with Kody, his mother and family during this difficult time. The complete article can be read here.  

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Please remember in your prayers Brad Malesker (B.A.’95) who passed away Sunday, December 12. He is the brother of Mark Malesker, PharmD, Professor of Pharmacy and brother-in-law of Karla Malesker, Osteoporosis Research. Arrangements have not been finalized though services are scheduled for Friday. Please check the Omaha World Herald for complete details. Condolences can be sent to Mark at H-L Science Building, room 112, and to Karla at CUMC 4820. The family appreciates prayers, especially for his three young daughters who survive him.


Posted 12/9/2010:

Please remember in your prayer Maria Philipp (Advancement Service/University Relations) whose mother, Margaret Philipp passed away on Tuesday, December 7 at the age of 91. Maria is grateful her mother lived a long, fruitful life. Services will remain private. Condolences may be sent to the Wareham Building, room 315.


Updated on 12/2/2010:
Bette McMahon
, 86, mother of Mike McMahon (CUMC chaplain) and mother-in-law of Cindy McMahon (Marketing and Public Relations), died peacefully Tuesday evening (11/30). Visitation and a memorial service will be held Sunday and the funeral is Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church at 36th and Q Sts. More information will be available in the World-Herald. The family thanks everyone for their prayers and asks for continued prayer support.
Prayers are requested for Bette McMahon, who suffered a stroke on Thanksgiving Day. She is the mother of CUMC hospital chaplain Mike McMahon and mother-in-law of senior writer Cindy McMahon in Marketing and Public Relations. Prayers are also asked for her family as they deal with the fact that she is not expected to recover and is in hospice care.


Posted 11/30/2010:

Prayers have been requested for 14-year-old Jackson who is having surgery at the Mayo Clinic on December 1st. His mother, Cindy Paul is a second year resident in Psychiatry at Creighton School of Medicine. Cindy and her husband, Greyson Smith, and their younger son, Wyatt Smith appreciate prayers for all those involved in his surgery and follow-up care as well.


Posted 11/29/2010:

Prayers are requested for the successful hip surgery and recovery of Virginia Gigliotti, mother-in-law of Lori Gigliotti (Division of Information Technology) and grandmother of Anna Shymanski, (freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences).

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Please pray for DuRell Strathman whose brother passed away suddenly today. DuRell works in the Russell Child Development Center. No other information is available at this time.

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Please remember in your prayer, Gilbert Nesler, 98, father of Fred Nesler, who passed away on Friday, November 26 in Marshalltown, IA. Visitation is scheduled at the Kramer Funeral Home 103 Fifth Street, Dyersville, Iowa on Tuesday evening, November 30. Funeral mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.

Fred is the University Budget Director; condolences may be sent to the Budget Office in the Linn Building.


Posted 11/15/2010:

Please remember in your prayers Cathy Weiss Pedersen, whose mother, Catherine Mary Weiss passed away the morning of November 14th. Cathy works in Campus Ministry with marriage preparation and pastoral ministry.

A wake service will be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the mortuary (Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman Dworak-Cutler, West Center Chapel). A funeral mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church (7430 Hascall Street) on Thursday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. Memorials will be directed by the family. May our support, prayer, faith and care give them strength during this difficult time.


Posted 11/11/2010:

We have just received the sad news that Charlie Hickman, Department of Pathology/Creighton Medical Laboratories Marketing Specialist, passed away suddenly at approximately 5:00 a.m. this morning at Creighton University Medical Center. Please keep his family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers.

Cards and condolences can be sent to Marjel Whitmore at the Department of Pathology/CML who will pass them on to his wife, Chris Hickman.


Posted 11/09/2010:

Let us remember in prayer David J. Shanahan, who passed away on November 8th in Highland Park, IL. He is the last remaining brother and sibling of Fr. Tom Shanahan, S.J. and uncle of Maureen Crouchley (University College). Visitation will take place on Thursday, November 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home (6159 N Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL). A funeral mass will be held for family only. Condolences can be sent to Fr. Shanahan in care of the Jesuit Community at Creighton.

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Prayers are requested for Kathy Tinley Payne who died over the weekend.  She is a sister-in-law of Susan Tinley in the School of Nursing. Kathy  was a 1968 graduate of Creighton University and three of her sons were graduates of Creighton Undergrad. Matt is a graduate of Law School  and Kelly and Nicolas are graduates of the Dental School. There will be a wake service on Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. followed by visitation until 8 p.m. at Cutler, O’Neil Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (223 Harmony Street) in Council Bluffs.


Posted 11/05/2010:

Funeral services for Karen Jenkins will be held on Monday, November 8th at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Name Church (2901 Fontenelle Blvd.) with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A luncheon will be served following the service.

A memorial fund has been established at Creighton Federal Credit Union for supporting Karen’s conflict resolution work with families in the community and women in the Congo.


Posted 11/04/2010:

Prayers are requested for Larry Morgan, whose mother Viola Morgan passed away suddenly on October 29. Larry works in the Criss Buildings in facility management.

Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation is Friday, November 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home (3920 N. 24th St).
Funeral service will be Saturday, November 6 at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church (2501 Hamilton St.).

Condolences can be sent to Larry in care of Jill Dickey in Facilities Management.


Posted 11/02/2010:

Please remember in your prayers Dr. Ray Gaines, Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, who passed away on October 29. He is survived by wife Frances H. Gaines.

Throughout his 37 years of service to Creighton University Medical Center and the School of Medicine, his most significant contribution relates to the teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, medical students, surgery residents and fellow faculty. He officially ‘retired’ September 30, 2010 and planned to continue to provide leadership and education in many roles, locally and nationally.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday (Nov 3) at St. John’s Church on Creighton’s campus. Viewing is today from 3-8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home (3920 N 24th  St.).

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Prayers are requested for Donald Pearson who passed away Monday, November 1st.  He is the father of Wade Pearson, Director- Educational Opportunity Programs.  Visitation is Wednesday, November (11/3) from 5pm to 7pm at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler, 78th & West Center.  The funeral service will be on Thursday at 11:00 am at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo.  Condolences can be sent to Wade in care of EOP, Harper Center, Suite #4008.


Posted 11/01/2010:

Kelly Bivens.jpgWe have received the sad news that Kelly Bivens passed away October 30 after entering hospice care on October 22.

Kelly worked as a Customer Service Representative for Creighton Medical Associates until her recent illness.

Please remember Kelly, her family and co-workers in your prayers.

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Prayers are requested for Frank W. Roth, Jr. who passed away Friday, October 29.  He is the father of Cathy Harrahill (Human Resources).  Wake Service is Tuesday (11/2) at 7:00 PM followed by Visitation with the family at Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N 108th Street.  Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 9025 Larimore Avenue. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Omaha. Condolences can be sent to Cathy in care of Human Resources, Schneider Hall.
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Prayers are requested for the family of Mike Stiles, stepfather of Kathy Eagan, who passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010.  Kathy is an interface analyst for the electronic health record implementation.  Services were held in Omaha on Wednesday, October 27.
Condolences can be sent to Kathy Eagan c/o Wareham Building, Health & Clinical IT.


Posted 10/20/2010:

Shelly Whittaker, Training Coordinator for DoIT requests prayers for her step-grandfather who is in the hospital.  His health has taken a turn for the worse and he is scheduled to have surgery within the next couple of days.

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Prayers are requested for the family of Dr. Terry M. Guzallis, a long-time faculty member of the School of Dentistry who passed away on Monday, October 18. Dr. Guzallis was an adjunct associate professor of General Dentistry from 1979-2008. Visitation is today, Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at the West Center Chapel of Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman Dworak & Cutler. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 13271 Millard Ave. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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Prayers are requested for Karen Jenkins, who has been missing since Sunday.  Karen graduated from Creighton and taught at the Werner Institute for about a year.  As reported on last night’s news, she went to check on a property that she owns on Sunday morning and has not been seen or heard from since.  Her car was found in the parking lot of the property.   Her sister, Cynthia Jenkins, also graduated from Creighton and has worked in the Counseling Center, Psychology Department and in Multicultural Affairs.

Please keep  Karen Jenkins and her family in your prayers as they search for clues in the hopes to find Karen very soon.


Posted 10/13/2010:

We have received the news that Dr. Leo Bongers passed away Tuesday, October 12th in Manhattan, KS. Dr. Bongers was serving on the School of Dentistry Alumni Advisory Board. He graduated from Creighton Dental School in 1947 and has two sons, Barry'69 and James Bongers'81 that graduated from the dental school as well.  His grandson, Andrew Medlin is a second-year dental student at the School of Dentistry.

Services will be held at St. John's Church in Hanover, KS at 11am this Saturday Oct 16.

Dr. Leo Bongers was friends with many of the Creighton staff past and present.

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Monica Dial, daughter of Marcella and Howard Dial, underwent surgery on Thursday October 7.  She is recovering at home.  Please keep the Dial family in your prayers.  Marcella works at the Health Sciences Library.

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Please keep in your prayers, Mary Petersen, Clinic Nurse Manager, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Arbor, and her family as they grieve the passing of her brother John Skubal, 55, of West Lafayette.  John passed away Sunday, October 10th after a courageous fight with Leukemia.  Services will be held in West Lafayette on Friday. Condolences can be mailed to Mary at the Women’s Healthcare West, 2514 S 119 STREET, Omaha, NE.


Posted 10/12/2010:

Prayers are requested for the families of Tricia Sharrar J.D. (Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs) and Drs. Barbara and Gerald Brundo (Professor of Prosthodontics and Dean Emeritus in the Dental School) as they grieve the loss of Nicholas J. Mrzlak, who passed away this morning at the age of 96 years young. He is the father-in-law of Dr. Gerald Brundo and grandfather of Tricia. Arrangements are pending.

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Please remember Kelley Klahn and her family in your prayers.  Her mother-in-law, Maxine Klahn, passed away October 7, 2010.  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-8pm at the Cutler funeral home in Council Bluffs.  The funeral will be at 10 am on Thursday at Living Hope Church , 15101 Hope Lane, Council Bluffs, IA.   Kelley works in the Controller’s Office as the Accounts Payable manager and condolences can be sent to the Linn Building.


Posted 10/08/2010:

Prayers are requested for the family of Donald F. Dickson, who passed away on October 4. He is the father of Deb (Dickson) Ham, who works in the Reinert Alumni Memorial Library and a CU alum (BA ’96, MS-ITM ’04). Memorial Services are Monday at 11 a.m. at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary (441 N Washington St, Papillion). Memorials are suggested to the American Red Cross.


Posted 9/30/2010:

Kathy Eagan
requests prayers for her father, Michael Stiles, who is in Clarkson Hospital undergoing tests for a mass found on his esophagus. Kathy works in Creighton Medical Associates as an HER Interface Analyst. She would appreciate prayers for her father and all of the family.

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Please remember in your prayers Janet Cosgrove, whose mother Shirley Baird passed away last evening (September 29) after a 2 month battle with lung cancer. Janet works in the Department of Surgery (CUMC, Suite 3700). She said her mother passed without pain and had a good quality of life during her time in Hospice.
Janet is extremely grateful to her Creighton family for all of the prayers and support during this time. Services will be held in Michigan on Monday.


Posted 9/29/2010:

Diane Steele, from the Business Office, asks for prayers for her mother, Dolores Sobczyk.  She had open heart surgery on Monday, at Bergan Mercy Hospital, and experienced complications but is now recovering.  The family would appreciate prayers for her continued recovery.

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Prayers are requested for Creighton John Micek, Jr. who passed away Tuesday, September 28. He is the father-in-law of Luke Herdzina (System Administrator in DoIT) and father of Sarah (Micek) Herdzina. A graduate of Creighton Prep (class of 1970) and Creighton University (1974), he had just turned 58 on September 13th. The family would appreciate prayers for his wife, Kathy, and four children as well as 6 grandchildren and eight brothers and sisters.

Posted 9/27/2010:

Please remember in your prayers, Dr. Richert “Buzz” Taylor who passed away September 25. Dr. Taylor was an adjunct professor for the Department of OB/GYN. He taught medical school students and resident physicians as well as seeing patients and delivering babies in his private practice. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 1 from 5-7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church (654 S 86th Street). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church on Saturday, 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to American Red Cross or Creighton University.


Please remember in your prayers Melverine Hedegaard, who died on Thursday, September 23 at the age of 94 years.  Mrs. Hedegaard is the mother of Marty Wilken, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing.  A Celebration of Mel’s Life will be held on Sunday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Pella Lutheran Church (41st & Farnam). There will be a private visitation this Friday, October 1 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Braman Mortuary (1702 N 72nd St). Condolences can be sent to Marty in care of the School of Nursing.


Posted 9/22/2010:

Jennifer Kay, Learning and Development Manager Health and Clinical IT, requests prayer for her aunt, Lila Petersen.  Lila has been transitioned to hospice care as she is experiencing Congestive Heart Failure.  Your prayers for Lila’s easy transition are requested.


Posted 9/17/2010:

Prayers are requested for School of Nursing faculty member Cindy Hadenfeldt (Hastings campus). Cindy’s mom, Marolyn Formo, passed away September 17 following a lengthy illness. Plans are pending but the funeral will be held in Minnesota. Condolences can be sent to Cindy at School of Nursing, Criss II and they will get the cards to her.


Posted 9/15/2010

Prayers are requested for Tracy Johnson, whose father, Robert Pine, passed away in hospice care Monday, September 13. Tracy works in the Cath Lab at the Cardiac Center.


We have received news that former Creighton employee “Wink” Cushing passed away on September 10. During his 20 years at Creighton University, Wink worked as an Administrative Assistant and Data Center Operator. He had many duties over his years at Creighton, one being he pulled nine-pair cable through the campus. He left DoIT in 2006 but continued somewhat part time.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Chapel of Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann Dworak-Cutler (2202 Hancock St.). Please remember Wink, his wife, Paulette and children in your prayers.


Posted 9/13/2010

Please remember in your prayer, Margaret Gabuzda, mother of Rev. Rich Gabuzda who died unexpectedly, but peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 11. She had lived with Alzheimer’s disease for a long time, and the family is grateful that she is now at peace. Services will be held in Freeland, PA this week. Memorials are suggested to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Freeland, PA or to the Institute for Priestly Formation. Condolences can be sent to Rev. Richard Gabuzda in care of IPF, Campion House, Suite #6.


Renae Hohnstein requests our prayers for her husband, Mike Hohnstein who is in ICU at Lakeside and on a ventilator. Renae works in the Outpatient Clinic at the Cardiac Center. The family is asking for prayers.


Please keep in your prayers the family of Ann Jensen, whose father passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12.  Ann Jensen is a nurse at The Cardiac Center and a long time employee of Creighton.  Condolences may be sent to Ann in care of The Cardiac Center.


Posted 9/7/2010

Prayers are requested for Shane Rothermund, son of Connie and Ron Rothermund. Connie works in the Development Department in gift accounting. Shane (age 35) was in a motorcycle accident on Sunday morning.  He is in ICU at Clarkson Hospital and the family would appreciate prayers from the Creighton Community.


Please keep Michaela Paul, daughter of Fran Minear, Klutznick Chair/Kripke Center, in your thoughts and prayers as she undergoes brain surgery on Monday, September 13.


Posted 9/1/2010

Please pray for Kelly Bivens.  Kelly is hospitalized and would appreciate your prayers for her and for her family.  Kelly is on the Customer Service team at Creighton Medical Associates in the Wareham Building. 


Posted 8/31/2010

Prayers are requested for Sheila Cherney, Executive Assistant at Creighton Medical Associates.  Sheila has been hospitalized since last Wednesday with an undiagnosed medical condition.  Well wishes can be sent to Sheila c/o Laurie McNeil, Creighton Medical Associates, Wareham Building.


Please remember in your prayers Frank Penny, Sr., age 77, who passed away on August 29th. He is the father of Frank Penny, Jr. (Burt Street shuttle driver). Frank Sr. was a weekend shuttle driver for Creighton. Condolences can be sent to Shuttle Services in care of Frank Penny, Jr.


Posted 8/30/2010

Prayers are requested for Don Schimenti who passed away Sunday, August 29th. He is the father-in-law of William Naughton, associate professor in General Dentistry. Condolences can be sent to Boyne 215. Bill is certain that his wife and other family members will draw comfort from knowing that the CU family has him in their prayers.


Debi Kibbee would like to ask the Creighton Community to pray for her 25 year old son, Jeffrey Hazen who has contracted Hepatitis C. He is a boxer and that is how they think it was contracted. Debi works in the Chemistry Department in Hixson Lied, room 268.

Posted 8/27/2010

AshtonWelch2.jpgA Memorial Mass for Ashton Welch will be held this Monday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. in St. John’s Church. A respected Creighton University history professor, Ashton Wesley Welch died in his sleep on Saturday, August 14.

All members and students of the Creighton community are invited to attend. Please remember his wife, Helen Wanken in your prayer along with his colleagues, friends and the many students who were touched by his kind spirit.

For a more in depth biography, go to the Creighton News Center by clicking here.


Posted 8/26/2010

We have just learned of the death of Sally (Nathele) Marsh – mother of Patti Marsh, Office of Student Affairs and request prayers for the Marsh family. 

Arrangements have been made with Cutler-O’Neill Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, IA.  Rosary and visitation will be held starting at 6:00 Friday evening.  The funeral will be held at 11:00 Saturday also at the funeral home – 545 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA. Cards can be sent to Patti at the Office of Student Affairs, Criss III.


Posted 8/25/2010

Prayers are requested for Susan Hirschman, wife of Thomas Hirschman,( Mail Services ) whose mother Louise H. Vandereholm, passed away August 22, 2010 in Red Oak, Iowa.   Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Red Oak, IA.  Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.  Cards and letter  may be sent to the Mail Center for Susan and Tom.  Memorials to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Arthritis Association.


Posted 8/19/2010

Please pray for the family of Ann (Russman) Eyberg.  Ann was a 2000 graduate of the Creighton School of Pharmacy.  She and her husband, Jamie died over the weekend after entering a well on their acreage in Iowa and being overcome by fumes.  They leave behind 2 small children.  Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Visitation will be on Friday August 20, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Ohde Funeral Home, Coon Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 21 at Coon Rapids-Bayard High School Auditorium


Posted 8/18/2010

Respected Creighton University history professor Ashton Wesley Welch died in his sleep on Saturday, Aug. 14. He was 68.
We have been notified that a Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. in St. John’s Church. All members and students of the Creighton community are invited to attend. Please remember his wife, Helen Wanken, in your prayer along with his colleagues, friends and the many students who were touched by his kind spirit.


Posted 8/17/2010

Please pray for the family of Ann (Russman) Eyberg.  Ann was a 2000 graduate of the Creighton School of Pharmacy.  She and her husband, Jamie died over the weekend after entering a well on their acreage in Iowa and being overcome by fumes.  They leave behind 2 small children.  Funeral arrangements are pending.


Please remember in your prayers Dr. Matthew J. Severin, Jr. JD, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, who passed away  August 13. Dr. Severin has been associated with Creighton in many ways since the 1950s.  He graduated from Creighton Prep, has three degrees from Creighton University and has been on the faculty since 1968.  His career spanned the fields of clinical microbiology, public health and legal medicine.  His leadership and organizational skills led to appointments as Chief, Clinical Microbiology Laboratories and Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  Dr. Severin was a loyal and dedicated citizen of Creighton University.  He brought distinction to the School of Medicine and Creighton University with many of his contributions. Memorials may be directed to Columban Fathers or St. Mary Catholic Church in Bellevue.

Please remember in your prayers Mrs. Cheri Jackson and her family. Cheri’s Mother, Mrs. Helen Kolc, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Monday morning, August 9th.   Cheri is employed as the Information Specialist in the Creighton Career Center.  A memorial service was held on August 12 in Omaha. Condolences can be sent to Cheri Jackson in the Creighton Career Center, Harper Ctr. Suite 2015. 


Posted 8/15/2010

It is my sad duty to report the news that Ashton Welch died in his sleep Saturday evening.  I have no further details.  Ashton W. Welch was an Associate Professor of History and the Coordinator of the Program in Black Studies here at Creighton.

This outstanding teacher and colleague will be greatly missed.  Please remember his family and history and Black Studies programs.

We will send out information about services as it becomes available to us.


Posted 8/11/2010

A Memorial Service for Adam Smith will be held on Wednesday, August 18th at 6:00 p.m. Active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the service will take place at the Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State Street. The Creighton community is invited to attend. The service will include music, spiritual readings and remembrances shared by colleagues and friends of Adam and Melissa. Following the ceremony, everyone is encouraged to sign memory books to record their relationship with Adam, and any memory or picture they would like to share. The three Memory Books will be given to his sons Justin, Spencer and Carson in the future.

The Adam B. Smith Memorial Fund has been established for the family. Donations may mailed to the Greater Omaha Credit Union, Creighton University Medical Center, 601 N. 30 St., Omaha, NE 68131. They can also be dropped off at the credit union in the lobby of the medical center.


Posted 8/11/2010

It is with profound sadness that we report the death of Adam Smith, a senior Radiology Resident in the School of Medicine, who was killed in an automobile accident this morning near 126th and Harrison Street. Two sons, ages 2 and 8, were injured in the accident and taken to Creighton University Medical Center. His wife, Melissa, and their 6 month old infant were at home at the time. The boys’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, though they did suffer broken bones and contusions.

No arrangements have been finalized. Please remember and keep in your prayers Adam Smith, his family, colleagues and all of the Health Sciences community.


Posted 8/10/2010

Please pray for Patty DeGeorge and her family.  Patty’s sister, Sharon Hudson, died Monday, August 9th, following a courageous battle with cancer.  Patty is the Lead of the Insurance Follow-up team at Creighton Medical Associates.  Condolences can be sent to Patty at CMA-Wareham Building.  Arrangements are pending.


Sr. Joan Mueller requests prayers for her sister, Kay Baumann, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After surgery, it was found that the cancer is widespread. The family asks for prayers during this difficult time. Sr. Joan is Professor of Theology at Creighton and Executive Director of Project Welcome Refugee Community.


Please remember in your prayer, Rosie and Ron Volkmer, professors in the Creighton School of Law. Rosie’s mother, Bernice Squibb, passed away over the weekend. Visitation will be tonight (Tuesday) from 4-8:00 p.m. with a vigil at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lohrville, IA. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Church. The Brown Funeral Home of Lohrville is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or St. Joseph Catholic Church, 305 Ash Street, Lohrville, IA  51453-1002.


Posted 8/5/2010

Please pray for the family of Jean Adler.  Jean’s father, Edward Mumm died Tuesday, August 3rd.  Jean is a follow-up representative on the Medicare team at Creighton Medical Associates.  Condolences can be sent to Jean at CMA, Wareham Building.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation with the family will begin at 5 p.m. today with a 7 p.m. Wake Service, at Holy Name Church. Funeral Mass is Friday, August 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the Church.

Dr. John Cernech, Vice-president for Student Services, requests prayer for his good friend, Tom Scimeca of Chicago. Mr. Scimeca who is 77 years of age, tripped and fell into a patio fire pit. He is seriously burned and his condition is deteriorating. Please remember the family with your prayers during this difficult time and in the days ahead.


Posted 7/27/2010

Janet Cosgrove (Dept. of Surgery) requests prayer for her 82 year old mother, Shirley Baird, who is in the final stage of lung cancer. Though just diagnosed 5 days ago, due to her frail health, she is not expected to live long. Janet asks for prayers that she goes peacefully and without much pain. Prayers would be appreciated for Janet as she travels to Michigan to be with her mother and other family members.


Prayers are requested for the family of Leo 'Tiny' Krolikowski, who passed away on Friday, July 23 at age 91. He is the father of Sue Pitzl, who has been employed with the Creighton Cardiac Center since 1982 working in the Communications Center.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday 10:30 am at St. Thomas More Church in Omaha, with visitation on Monday at 5 pm and a 7pm Wake Service also at the church.  Condolences can be sent to Sue at The Cardiac Center.


Please keep the family of Merikay Anderson, a nurse in the Cath Lab of the Creighton Cardiac Center for over 20 years, in your thoughts and prayers.  Her sister, Becky, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 23rd.   

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held for Becky on Wednesday evening, July 28, at 7pm at Field Club of Omaha. MASS of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 10:30am at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Coleridge, NE. Inurnment St. Michaels' Cemetery in Coleridge. Memorials are preferred to the Community Alliance in Omaha.

Condolences can be sent to Merikay in care of The Cardiac Center.


Prayers are asked for the family of Timothy Rise, age 34, who passed away Sunday, July 25th from head injuries he suffered in a fall on Saturday at their home in Omaha. He is the brother-in-law of Jim Dorsey, Crime Prevention Officer in Public Safety; Timothy’s wife, Maureen, is Jim’s younger sister and they have one child, Charlotte, age 4.

Formerly of Fremont, arrangements are pending at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Condolences can be sent to Jim in care of Public Safety.


Posted 7/23/2010

Please pray for David Albert Johnson, the father of Fr. Bill Johnson, S.J., Chaplain at the ILAC Center in the Dominican Republic.  David Johnson died today in Milwaukee.  He was 88 years old and donated his body to the Medical College of Wisconsin.  The family will have a memorial service in the near future.


Posted 7/20/2010

Please remember in your prayer Dr. Marcus Balters, M.D., Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon at Creighton University’s Medical Center. 

Dr. Balters will have a kidney transplant tomorrow (Wednesday, July 21st) and would be grateful for the support of our prayer. 

This morning, the Surgery and Anesthesiology departments had a prayer service for Dr. Balters and his family.  It was a powerful sign of the love and respect of his peers which he enjoys and a wonderful symbol of a great strength of the Creighton community.

Posted 7/17/2010

Thank you for praying for our Jesuit brother, Fr. Paul Mahowald, S.J. in the last hours of his life on earth.  He was ready to return to the Lord, which he said he had prepared for all his life.

After ordination to the Priesthood, Fr. Mahowald was a high school chemistry teacher before being assigned to be the Business Manager at America magazine, the national Jesuit publication.  He served there for 12 years before serving in the business office at Creighton Prep for 10 years.  Since 1997 he has been in full-time parish ministry, first living at the Creighton U. Retreat Center, near Griswld, Iowa, and serving three rural parishes.  Most recently he has been one of the Associate Pastors at St. John’s Parish.

Those of us who knew Paul were inspired by his passion for service, sometimes in the face of great struggles with his health.  He was devoted to his C.L.C. community, to Mass and Confessions at St. John’s, helping couples individually, to being a Daily Reflections writer and to serving in a number of ways in the Jesuit community.

Since Paul donated his body to the Creighton School of Medicine, there will be a Memorial Service scheduled sometime this week.

Posted 7/16/2010

We have received word that Harriet Knowles, wife of Dr. Kenneth I.  Knowles, passed away suddenly this morning. Dr. Knowles retired recently from the School of Dentistry where he was a professor in the Department of Endodontics and former Chair of the Department.

Arrangements are still tentative but will be at Rejoice Lutheran Church (2556 S 138th Street, 334-1999) possibly Monday or Tuesday. Please consult the Omaha World Herald or online at Omaha.com for the complete obituary and funeral information.  Please remember the family in your prayers.

Posted 7/15/2010

Fr. Paul Mahowald, S.J., member of the Creighton Jesuit Community and associate Pastor at St. John’s Parish, needs our prayer as he comes to the end of his life and has entered palliative care.  He desires no visitors at this time, but would deeply appreciate the support of the prayer of the Creighton Community as he prepares for the end of his faithful service in this life.

Posted 7/13/2010

Please remember in your prayer Daryl L. Smith, who died on Monday in Midland, Texas.  Daryl is the father of Fr. David Smith, S.J., the Director of the Creighton University Retreat Center.  The funeral will be Wednesday, in Midland.

Prayers are requested for Paul Shrader, father-in-law of Ellie Shrader (Administrative Assistant in Campus Ministry), who died suddenly last evening (July 12). Ellie’s husband, Matthew, performed CPR, but his father, Paul, did not make it. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but will be shared when they become available. In the meantime, please keep Ellie and her family in your prayers.

Condolences can be sent to Ellie in care of Campus Ministry, lower level of Swanson Hall.

Posted 7/7/2010

Megan Kohles, daughter of Paula Kohles in Financial Aid,  is having her surgery today at Methodist Hospital in Rochester MN. This will be a very complicated surgery lasting 8-10 hours and the family appreciates our prayers and thoughts during this very long day. The doctors have said Megan will spend 3-4 days in the Pediatric ICU and will probably be inpatient a week to 10 days.

Posted 6/23/2010

Laura Finken requests prayers for her daughter Emma,a Associate Professor in the Psychology Department here at Creighton, she just found out that her 14yr old daughter Emma has a brain tumor and will be having surgery this Friday the 25th.  Please keep Laura, Emma and the rest of their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Paula Kohles requests prayers for her 9 year old daughter Megan, they are in Rochester, MN at Mayo Clinic undergoing chemo and radiation treatments for a relapse of Rhabdomyo-sarcoma first diagnosed in Sept. 2004. Megan has been spiking high fevers and is miserable with mouth sores from the radiation. Paula writes, “She was scheduled for a pre-surgery MRI Wednesday afternoon, which they have moved to first thing tomorrow morning.  The MRI should show if there are any signs of infection in her mouth as well as any changes to the tumor site since the last MRI in mid-May.  Hopefully, it will have continued to shrink with two more rounds of chemo and the radiation treatments. At this point, it's looking like surgery will be postponed as her mouth has to be completely healed and she needs to be off the antibiotics before that will be an option.” The family appreciates continued prayers.  

Posted 6/17/2010

Please remember in your prayers Tamora Whitney, whose father, Robert Whitney, died yesterday afternoon, June 16. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Cutler  at 78th & Center. Tami is Resident Assistant Professor in the English Department; condolences can be sent to Tami at Creighton Hall, room 135 I.

We have received news that Dr. Edward Rongone passed away on June 11, 2010 at the age of 83. Dr. Rongone was a longtime faculty member of the School of Medicine. Most of his career was spent as a Biochemistry Professor where he became chairman of the department. He also served as Director of Admissions for Creighton University Medical School. 

Let us remember his family, friends and former colleagues in prayer.

Posted 6/14/2010

It is with great sadness that we ask for prayers for Toni Ramirez (Public Safety) who passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning (June 12). Toni was the 3-11 dispatcher for Public Safety. She was a beloved member of Public Safety since 2003, but had worked at Creighton University previously.  Arrangements are pending with Korisko Larkin  & Staskiewicz Funeral Home (50th & F, 731-1234).

Condolences can be sent to Public Safety in care of Deb Ward.

Posted 6/11/2010

Please remember in your prayers Joseph “Joey” Glow, 6 year old son of Dr. Richard and Kathy Glow. Joey died Thursday, June 10 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He is the nephew of Diane Stormberg, Research and Compliance and Bob Glow, former employee in Creighton Medical Associates. His family includes many alum from Creighton University, Creighton’s nursing, dental and medical school.

Posted 6/10/2010

Please remember in your prayers, Lowell Zetterman, brother to Dr. Rowen Zetterman, who passed away Tuesday. Dr. Zetterman is the Dean of the Medical School.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (84th & Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln). Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home (Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home at 4040 A Street, Lincoln). Memorials to Doane College, Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund. A complete obituary can be found in the Lincoln Star Journal.
Condolences can be sent to Dr. Zetterman at Criss II, Room 103.

Posted 6/8/2010

Prayers are requested for Herbert Quigley, MD, who died in Minneapolis. A Memorial Service was held at St. John’s Church.
Dr. Quigley taught Pathology at Creighton’s Medical School from 1968 until his retirement in 2003, the same year he was named Professor Emeritus. In his long career, he was honored many times.  He received the Outstanding Teacher Award in Dept. of Pathology in 2003.  In 1990 he was given the Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest honor given by the faculty and students of the School of Medicine.  Dr. Quigley was also given the Medical School’s Golden Apple Award in 1978 and again in 1996 for Excellence in Teaching. 
He was also on the faculty of the Veterans Administration Medical Center for over 30 years, until his retirement from the VA in 2001.
His daughter, Amelia Quigley Svenningsen was a 1990 graduate of Creighton.

Posted 5/27/2010

We have received the news that Arthur Fishkin, Ph.D  died this morning, peacefully in his sleep on his 80th birthday.
Dr. Fishkin worked for many years as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Biomedical Sciences Department. He retired June 30, 2007 and was appointed Emeritus Associate Professor in 2008. His wife, Jane Fishkin, works in the Health Sciences Library and cards of condolence can be sent to her at the Bio Information Center.
A private interment will be held this Sunday with a public memorial Sunday evening, at 6:00 p.m. at Beth Israel Synagogue (12604 Pacific St., Omaha, 68154).

Posted 5/25/2010
Prayers are requested for Aaron Fendrick, the infant son of Cindy Fendrick of the Department of Residence Life.  Aaron has been admitted to Children's Hospital with respiratory and kidney problems and is undergoing tests to determine a course of treatment.  The family asks for no visitors at this time, but your prayers would be very much appreciated.

Please remember in your prayers Pam Flint whose mother, Virginia Stanley, age 86, passed away on May 13, 2010. Pam works in the Law School. Services were held last week in Council Bluffs.

Posted 5/17/2010

Please pray for Barb Williams and her family.  Barb’s father, Perry Russell,  died Thursday, May 13 after battling cancer.  Barb is a Business Analyst in the IT Department at Creighton Medical Associates.  Condolences can be sent to her at the Wareham Building.  Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation is today from  5:00 -7:00 p.m. at Roeder Mortuary (2727 N 108th Street). Funeral Service will be Tuesday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. also at the  Mortuary; Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sienna Francis House or Morning Star Baptist Church.

Posted 5/12/2010

Arrangements for Steve Smithberg, husband of Maureen Smithberg are as follows:
VISITATION:  Thursday 1-8 p.m. with the family 6-8 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7 p.m.,  at the Kahler-Dolce Mortuary, 441 N Washington St., Papillion, NE.
MASS of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 14 at  10 a.m. at  St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Papillion, NE. Private Interment. Memorials to the Alzhiemers Association.
Maureen is the Family Medicine Residency Coordinator. Condolences can be sent to CUMC Suite 6720. Son, Joe, was a 2003 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and is currently a student in Business Administration, Class of 2011. For the complete obituary, please visit Omaha.com 

Posted 4/28/2010

Prayers are requested for six-month old Jude Kearney, who is having a surgery today to repair his heart.  This is Jude’s third open heart surgery.  He is the son of Michelle Kearney, a patient account specialist in CMA and grandson of Bob Walker, director of Student Financial Aid.

Prayers are requested for Thomas G. Burke and his family. Thomas died Tuesday afternoon after a 2 ½ year battle with brain tumors. He and his family are very thankful for all the prayers he received during his illness.   Thomas is the brother of Marsha Schlautman from the Insurance Follow-up team at Creighton Medical Associates.  Condolences can be sent to Marsha at the Wareham building.

Lucille Mundwiler, mother-in-law of Bruce Peters, passed away in Linn, Kansas on April 27. Services are pending. Bruce is the Associate Budget Director; condolences can be sent to him in care of the Budget Office. Please keep Bruce and his wife, Nancy, in your thoughts and prayers. 

Prayers are requested for Colleen Maynard who suffered a stroke on Friday, April 23. Colleen is a Creighton University undergrad alum and ’84 CU School of Medicine alum and is an OB-GYN in Kansas City, MO. She has several sisters who graduated from Creighton University, her brother graduated from Creighton undergrad and School of Law ’91  and she is a sister-in-law to Angela Maynard, Center for Health and Counseling. Colleen’s father, Dr. Jim Maynard served as a volunteer faculty for a time as well. The Maynard family has many ties to Creighton, and would appreciate the prayers of this community for her recovery. 

Posted 4/26/2010

Please remember in prayer, Richard Loveless, and his family. Richard died on Thursday afternoon, after suffering congestive heart failure and falling into a coma. Richard was Head Custodian in Creighton Hall, much beloved by his co-workers, staff and faculty in Creighton Hall, and the Jesuit Community. He was a long time member of St. John’s Parish.
Funeral arrangements for Richard are as follows:
Visitation at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak West Center Chapel begins at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 with family in attendance at 5:00. A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Church on Creighton’s campus on Wednesday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Poor Clare Sisters.

Please remember in your prayers Joyce Pekula whose 69 year old brother, Dennis Timgren, died unexpectedly in Minnesota.  Services will be held in Minnesota with visitation at Westbrook Funeral Home on Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Funeral services at Trinity Lutheran in Westbrook at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Joyce is the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Robert P. Heaney at the Osteoporosis Research Center. Condolences can be sent to her in care of Osteoporosis Research Center, Suite 4820.

Posted 4/23/2010

Prayers are requested for Ashley Reed, who is waiting for a Kidney transplant, and is gravely ill. Ashley is the niece of Betsy Spidell-Hernandez from the Payment Posting Team at Creighton Medical Associates. Ashley is 22 years old and has already had two blood transfusions, and will be needing more while waiting for a suitable donor. Please keep Ashley and her family in your prayers.

Prayers are requested for the family of Gale Chamberlin, father-in-law of Sue Chamberlin and Grandfather of Cari (Chamberlin) Johnson a Creighton alum.  Gale passed away April 15th in Des Moines, IA.  Services will be Saturday April 24th at Park Avenue Christian Church in Des Moines, IA.  Condolences may be sent to Sue at the Health Sciences Library.

Prayers are asked for Ramon Rincon who passed away this morning from a heart attack. He is the father-in-law of Marisela Rincon who works in the OB-GYN Women’s Center at CUMC as a Spanish interpreter. Her husband is in Mexico with his family, where funeral arrangements will be held.

Posted 4/14/2010:

We have received news that Richard Loveless is gravely ill with congestive heart failure. He is at Immanuel Hospital. Richard is the lead custodian in Creighton Hall. His wife, Mary, formerly worked in custodial services as well. Please pray for Richard and his family.

Posted 3/30/2010:

Prayerss are requested for Kate Mannick, a junior in the School of Nursing, and her family, on the loss of Amy Mannick, Kate’s step-mother, who passed away in Burnsville, MN.

Funeral services were held in Savage, Minnesota at the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Posted 3/16/10:

Leslie Redelfs asks for prayers for her nephew and his wife, Arthur Redelfs, 34 and Lesley Ann Enriquez, 35 who were senselessly murdered in Juarez, Mexico. Leslie is the administrative assistant in the Office of International Programs.

The couple lived in El Paso, Texas, but Lesley, his wife, is a U.S. Consulate employee in Juarez. They were brutally murdered as they were attempting to cross back into El Paso after attending a children's birthday party in Juarez.

Art and Lesley left behind their 7-month old baby girl, Rebecca - she was in the car at the time of the shootings, but was unharmed. Lesley was also pregnant with their second child. Their baby daughter was released by Mexican authorities and is safe with one of her aunts in El Paso. Please pray for this family as they deal with this tragic loss.

Please remember in your prayers Erin Woolley, age 25, who passed away from heart failure after a courageous battle with cancer at the Dartmouth Medical Center. She is the sister of Kyle Woolley, Academic Director of the Encuentro Dominicano Program. Also survived by her parents in Bangor, Maine; funeral arrangements are pending.

Condolences may be sent to Kyle Woolley c/o CCAS Dean’s office in Creighton Hall 240

Prayers are requested for Doris Vanderboegh, mother of David Vanderboegh and mother-in-law of Maria Teresa Maenza-Vanderboegh of Modern Languages and Literatures.  Mrs. Vanderboegh is 79 and was recently diagnosed with terminal biliary duct cancer.  Her family is now gathering in St. Joseph, Michigan, to spend these last days with her.


Posted 3/11/10: Prayers are requested for Nancy Glaser and her family. Nancy’s father, Roy Hester, passed away on March 8, 2010 in Oxnard, California. He will be buried with full military honors. Nancy works in the Controller’s Office in the file room.


We have received the sad news that Dr. Katherine (Katie) Thomas passed away Wednesday (March 10) at Hospice House. Dr. Thomas was an Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University. She received her Classical Bachelor of Arts Degree from Creighton University in 1968, her Masters of Arts degree from Loyola University (Chicago) in 1971 and her Ph.D., also from Loyola, in 1974. Before coming to Creighton in 1974 she served as an Instructor of Classical Studies at the Loyola Rome Center and was a Lecturer in Classical Studies at Loyola University (Chicago).  Dr. Thomas served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Creighton from 1993 to 1996.  Dr. Thomas was the recipient of numerous fellowships and honors and received a number of grants to further her research.  For many years she led a study abroad summer program to Greece which was very popular with Creighton students.  Dr. Thomas was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time but will be communicated as they become available. Please remember and keep in your prayers Dr. Katie Thomas, her students, friends and colleagues.

Posted 3/9/10:

Please remember in your prayers Robert Dressel who passed away Monday, March 8 at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs at the age of 81. Robert is the father of Creighton Cardiac Center employee, Barb Dressel.  Wake Service is Wednesday 6pm followed by VISITATION with the family until 8pm at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home. MASS of Christian Burial is Thursday 11am at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter's Catholic Church or St. Albert Schools. Cards and well wishes may be sent to Barb at The Cardiac Center.

Posted 2/25/10:

It is with great sadness that we ask for prayers for Nina Howard, age 44, who was killed in a car accident in Bellevue yesterday. Nina was a former faculty member  in  the School of Nursing. Please remember her and her family in your prayers.

Please remember in your prayers Lucille McNary, mother of George McNary, J.D. in COBA. Mrs. McNary, is 86 years old and is gravely ill at Bergan Mercy Medical Center Intensive Care suffering from a serious infection. Prayers are appreciated as the family spends these last hours and days with her. 

Mr. McNary is an Assistant Professor of Business Law in the College of Business Administration and has been with Creighton University since 1983.line

Posted 2/16/10:
Your prayers and support are requested for the family of Kim Barnes Manning.  Kim’s father, Dr. John Barnes, has been re-admitted to the hospital with continuing heart problems.  Kim is the Assistant Vice President for Public Relations.line

Posted 2/15/10:
Prayers are requested for the family of Mary Kay Begley, mother-in-law of Margaret Begley, who passed away this morning (February 15) after a long illness. Margaret is a graduate of Creighton University. She works as a research nurse at the Osteoporosis Research Center. Arrangements are pending.

Condolences can be sent to Margaret Begley c/o Osteoporosis Research Center, Suite 4820 (located in CUMC).

Posted 2/11/10:
Prayers are needed for 4 day old twins, Anna and Lydia Troutman, granddaughters of Judy Troutman (Dean’s Office, School of Medicine). The girls were delivered 3 months early on Sunday morning; therefore are very small (2 lb 2oz and 2 lb 12oz) and will be in NICU for quite a while. Judy’s son Matt Troutman (a 2005 graduate) and Laura Reed Troutman are their parents. Being strong believers in the Power of Prayer, Judy and her family appreciate all prayers for these tiny gifts from God.


Project Welcome Refugee Community directed by Sr. Joan Mueller in the Theology Dept., has 40 registered Burmese families. With the closing of the "refugee shift" at Tyson Meatpacking Plant in Council Bluffs every family has lost their job and is facing homelessness in March or April. These families speak absolutely no English. Two of our fathers have already died from the stress of resettling--leaving six children without fathers and two widows. We ask you for your prayers for Creighton's vulnerable Burmese neighbors.


Prayers are requested for Mike McCracken, father of Michelle Kearney, Creighton Medical Associates.  Mr. McCracken will be having triple bypass surgery tomorrow, February 12th in Des Moines, IA.

Michelle is on the Payment Posting Team at Creighton Medical Associates in the Wareham Building.

Posted 2/10/10:
Prayers are requested for Connor McQuillan and Edmund Smyth of Greeley, NE who were involved in a one vehicle roll-over accident on Sunday. Both 14 year-old boys are cousins to Karen Wise (CME Division) and Janet Atwater (Creighton Medical Associates) and Connor’s older brother, Jamin, is a freshman here at Creighton. Connor blessedly came away with minor injuries but Edmund, the driver of the vehicle, is in critical but stable condition with head injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. Karen and Janet would appreciate prayers for both boys and their families.

Geri Anthony, staff supervisor at the Creighton Dental School (Boyne 221a), requests prayers upon the death of her Mother, Anna Navrkal of North Bend, Ne., who passed away February 9; she was 98 years old.

Janice Maloney’s mother, Helen Maloney, died Tuesday, February 9 following a long illness.  Jan works in the Affirmative Action Office and condolences can be sent to her at Lower Becker, Room G26.

Posted 2/9/10:

Please remember in your prayers the family of Harry F. Gundlach of Council Bluffs who passed away Saturday morning having recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is father-in-law to James Wunsch of Arts and Sciences (Political Science and International Relations).

Condolences can be sent to Professor Wunsch's office located in Creighton Hall, room 429a.


Posted 2/5/2010

Your prayers are requested for two men who were volunteering to help our Haiti Relief effort in the Dominican Republic.

John Ward & Jim Jalovec died last night (January 4) as their private helicopter went down in the mountains, as they were leaving the Dominican Republic, to return to their home in Naples, Florida.  Jalovec was a Marquette U. business grad and long-time friend of Fr. Bill Johnson, S.J., our Jesuit Chaplain at the ILAC Center.  They had spent several days, offering their helicopter and their services, shuttling supplies between the ILAC Center and the hospital in Jimani, near the Haitian border.

Obviously, this loss is a tremendous one for their families, but is deeply felt by Bill and the ILAC staff who were very grateful for their generosity and service this past week.  On top of the ongoing struggle with death, damage, disease and poverty our team has been encountering, this loss is quite difficult.

Please remember these men, their families and friends in your prayer.

Posted 2/4/2010:

Sydney Jones.jpgWith great sadness, I wanted to let the Creighton community know that Sydney Jones, a COBA senior, passed away this morning at 10 a.m.  She died peacefully at the CUMC, surrounded by her family.  The Jones family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support from the Creighton community and for the heartfelt response to their request for prayers for their Sydney in these past two days.   Many of her friends from Creighton have been at the hospital or on campus praying and supporting Sydney,  her family and one another.

Funeral arrangements are pending in Sioux Falls.

Arrangements for Sydney Jones, CU senior in COBA are as follows:
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 7th from 5-7 p.m., with family present, at St. Lambert’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD (1000 S Bahnson). Christian Wake services will be held following the visitation.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Lamberts on Monday, February 8th, at 10:00 a .m.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the:
Sydney Anne Jones Memorial Fund
Catholic Foundation of Eastern South Dakota
523 N Duluth Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

On Monday, February 1, Creighton senior, Sydney Jones, was taken to CUMC after collapsing on campus from a pulmonary embolism. She remains in intensive care and is gravely ill.

Posted 2/2/10:
Prayers are requested for Pat Mandel and her family.  Pat’s Husband, Amos Mandel died on Thursday, January 28th after a long illness.  Pat is a Staff Assistant on the Aged A/R team at Creighton Medical Associates.  Condolences can be sent to Pat at CMA, Wareham Building.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

11am, Saturday February 6, 2009
Hanscom Park United Methodist Church
4444 Frances Street
Omaha NE 68105

Memorials to :
Tabitha Hospice Care of Nebraska City, NE
Good Samaritan Home of Auburn, NE- Special Care Unit

Please offer your prayers for Peggy DuPree who passed away early Monday morning. Peggy is the mother of Ed DuPree in Purchasing and mother-in-law of Nancy DuPree in Development. The viewing will be held this Friday at Bellevue Memorial Chapel located at 2202 Hancock from 6 – 8 PM. Funeral services will held Saturday Feb 6th  10 AM at the First Baptist Church located at 23rd and Hancock in Bellevue.

Posted 2/1/10:
theresaconway.jpg We have been notified that Theresa Conway   passed away on Sunday, January 31st at Creighton University Medical Center. She collapsed while at work on January 12th and had been in intensive care at CUMC. Theresa was the Research Nurse Coordinator in the Clinical Research Department at the time of her death and touched many lives across campus in her job and personal life.

 A May 2008 graduate of Creighton’s Graduate Nursing program, she earned a Master’s Degree in CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist).  Theresa was instrumental in helping to develop the health report card for the Omaha Tribe in Macy and Walthill. She helped create and disseminate the data base to the tribe so they could electronically record annual school health screening data. She and two other faculty presented this collaborative work on the health report card project at an International Nursing Honor Society conference in Vienna Austria in 2007. This effort has resulted in a model used by other American Indian tribes.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin, and 3 children. Daughter, Brianna is a freshman at Creighton University and has two older brothers, Nick and Zack. No arrangements have been finalized;  we will send them out when they become available. Please remember Theresa and her family in your prayers.

Posted 1/22/10:
Prayers are requested for the family of Donald Dau, father of Celeste Hubbard, who passed away Thursday, January 21st. Celeste is the office manager for the Student Affairs Office in the School of Medicine. Services will be held Monday, at the Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Iowa.

Condolences may be sent to Celeste at the School of Medicine, Student Affairs Office, Criss III, RM 470A.

Please pray for Jude Kearney, infant son of Michelle and Ryan Kearney.  Baby Jude is undergoing heart surgery today (1/22/10) at Children’s Hospital.  Michelle works on the Cash Posting team at Creighton Medical Associates in the Wareham Building.
Posted 1/21/10
Prayers are requested for Megan Kohles, (almost) 9 year old daughter of Paula Kohles in the Financial Aid Office. Megan was first diagnosed with cancer in September 2004; a 1” mass at the base of her skull was discovered at her 6 month follow-up scan in January.  On Monday, she had a biopsy at UNMC and the cranial facial oncologist who did the surgery suspects it to be cancerous.  She is undergoing an MRI of the liver, CT of the chest today and a bone marrow biopsy will be done on Monday. A caring bridge web site has been established and can be viewed at:


The family is most appreciative of all prayers and support during this time.

Beth LaFave, Administrator in the OB/GYN Department asks for prayers for her niece, Ashlynn LaFave who is 10 days old and is in ICU in Denver with a serious infection.

Posted 1/20/10:
Prayers are requested for Jean-Claude Schindler who died this morning. He is the father of Isabelle Cherney from Psychology, father-in-law of Mike Cherney from Physics, and grandfather of Creighton student Sebastien Cherney. Services will be held in Switzerland.


Please remember in your prayer Fr. Gene Jakubek , S.J. a long time member of the Creighton Jesuit Community. Fr. Jakubek came to Creighton in 1997 offering a pastoral presence in Omaha ever since.

He died peacefully at the age of 87 after experiencing a great deal of medical complications. Because Fr. Jakubek donated his body to medical science, there will be a memorial service at St. John’s church on the Creighton University campus on Saturday, January 23; wake at 9:00 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.

Posted 1/13/10:
Prayers are requested for the family of Milo Alexander Sr., who passed away on Monday, January 11, 2010. Mr. Alexander is the father of Milo Alexander Jr., Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic at Creighton University School of Law. 

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 15 at First Congregational Church, U.C.C., in Fremont, NE. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time Friday at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials have been established to First Congregational Church, U.C.C., and the Dodge County Humane Society.

Condolences can be sent in care of the Dean’s Office – School of Law.


Posted 1/11/10:
Paul Circo passed away on January 9, 2010.  Paul is the father of Michelle Morrison, who works in the Office of Student Success.  According to the Omaha World Herald, Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 10am at Christ the King Church. The wake service will be held on Tuesday at 7pm Christ the King Church. Condolences can be sent to Michelle at Harper Center, 4th floor.


Prayers are requested for Frank Peak, CMA, Partnership in Health.  He was readmitted to the hospital this morning, Monday, January 11, 2010.  Greetings can be sent to Frank, c/o Partnership in Health, CMA, Wareham Building.

Posted 1/7/10:
Prayers are requested for the family of Don Stubby, father-in-law of Julie Stubby, who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, January 6. Julie works in the Dept of Medicine in the Osteoporosis Research Center. Services will be Monday in Scottsbluff, NE. Condolences can be sent to Julie in care of the Osteoporosis Research Center.

Please pray for Jenny and Cory Durham of Dallas, Texas, friends of Cindy McMahon. This young couple lost a baby early in 2009 at 22 weeks gestation, and delivered their second child on January 2 at only 23 weeks. Their daughter, Cece, made it through the first night with no problems but now has bleeding on her brain and severe brain damage. She is not expected to live. Please pray for them all at this most difficult time.

Madeline Ohlinger, mother of Judy Sampier and mother-in-law of Larry Sampier died January 3rd after a short illness.  She was 96.  Larry is a deacon and a Staff Chaplain at Creighton University Medical Center.  Please keep Madeline and the family in prayer.

Prayers are requested for Tami Thibodeau, Business and Operations Manager for the Skutt Student Center and Harper Center.  Tami’s mother, Joan Sitzmann, passed away Sunday, January 3.  Visitation is today (Monday)  at 3 PM at St. James Church in Le Mars, Iowa.  Funeral services will be tomorrow at 10:30 AM at St. James Church. 

Posted 1/04/10:
Please pray for Teresa L. Lampshire, who passed away peacefully in her sleep December 22, 2009 in Alabama.  Teresa is the sister of Tammy Slachetka, Grant Specialist, Grants Administration, Criss I, room 108.

Funeral services were held in Oklahoma January 2, 2010.
Please remember in your prayers the family of Patrick J. Bannantine, age 73, who died Saturday, December 26, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Patrick is the brother of Fr. Thomas Bannantine, SJ, Chaplain of the School of Nursing.  He is survived by his wife, Marian, 2 sons, James and John, one daughter, Anne, and 7 grandchildren. 
The funeral was held in Milwaukee at noon on December 30. Condolences may be sent to Fr. Bannantine at the School of Nursing, Criss II - RM 195B.