Redberg, Jean Sylvia (Schmit)
Died on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at her home in Elkhorn, NE, with her family by her side. After her valiant fight as a three-time cancer survivor, Jean's battle resumed in June 2013 with Stage 4 Neuroendocrine Cancer that spread throughout her body. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through two more months.
Jean was born on July 14, 1937 in Hallock, MN, to John and Vivian (Sanders) Schmit. She grew up in Hallock, where she graduated from High School in 1955. As a young girl, Jean was very active in school activities, including class officer, and was voted Homecoming Queen. She participated in Journalism, Yearbook, Drama Club, Glee Club, Mixed Chorus, and Pep Club. Jean served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1958.
Jean married James N. Redberg on June 6, 1959 at the St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church in Lindstrom, MN, and they were blessed with five children: Lisa, Laura, John, Mary and Christine. Jim's career brought the family to many states before they finally settled in Elkhorn in 1977. Jean was a stay-at-home mom until the children were grown, when she returned to work for UFCW District Union Local #271, and UFCW District Union Health and Welfare Fund. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, bowling, knitting, crochet, and cross stitch. Jean and Jim loved to travel, with destinations including Europe and Mexico. Jean was a proud, intelligent, loving, respected woman. Her devotion to seeking knowledge was unparalleled. Jean was an avid Nebraska Football fan, and looked forward to prime rib and shrimp cocktail at Brother Sebastian's.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, John and Vivian (Sanders) Schmit. Her surviving family members include her husband of 54 years, James N. Redberg; their five children and their partners, Lisa Plambeck of Omaha, Laura Rohwer of Glenwood, IA, John Redberg of Nuremberg, Germany, Mary and Michael Moore of Carlsbad, CA, and Christine and Wade Behlen of Elkhorn; she was grandmother to thirteen, Michael Rohwer, Jarrod Rohwer, Robert Plambeck, Stephen Redberg, Jordan Rohwer, Justin Rohwer, Kira Redberg, Danielle Plambeck, Weston Behlen, Lauren Redberg, Michael Moore, Jr., Wyatt Behlen, and Joel Redberg; she was great grandmother to two, Maddox and Harper Rohwer; and her sisters, Janice Skoog of Lindstrom, MN, Janet Schmit-Lacy of Jacksonville, FL, and Kathy Lee and Al Plaisted of White Bear Lake, MN.
VISITATION Wednesday 12Noon-7pm, with WAKE SERVICE at 7pm at the Funeral Home. FUNERAL MASS Thursday 11am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn. Interment, Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to: Breast Cancer Awareness; DAV; or Arbor Society. www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com REICHMUTH FUNERAL HOME
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This obituary was originally published in the Omaha World-Herald.