Nathan "Nate" LaFave
LaFave, Nathan "Nate"
Age 15

Omaha NE. Died Friday, October 11, 2013. A sophomore at Mount Michael High School, Nate was a member of the Cross Country and Soccer teams. An accomplished student, his future ambitions were to become a Navy SEAL and then a teacher. He loved music and played guitar. Nate enjoyed the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman. A loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend; he was preceded in death by grandfather Bob Sylvester. Survived by his parents, Dave Jr. and Beth LaFave; brothers, Nick and Chris LaFave; grandparents, Dave Sr. and Liz LaFave; grandmother Barb Sylvester of York, NE; aunts; uncles; cousins; and countless friends.
MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am Wednesday at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 'S' St., Omaha. VISITATION with the family Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm, with WAKE SERVICE at 7:30pm at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. Interment, Mount Michael in Elkhorn, NE. The family has asked that Memorials be sent to: the Nate LaFave Memorial Fund at Mount Michael High School and Abbey. BRAMAN MORTUARY
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Published by Omaha World-Herald from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2013.
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RIP sweet Angel. You have left a wonderful legacy for those you left behind. You will always be remembered and loved.
Karla Terasinski
Friend
October 8, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Allison & Matt
November 8, 2013
We cannot imagine the pain you are going through. You are in our prayers. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow. Jason Tadlock and parents...
Dave & Tammy Tadlock
October 28, 2013
Dear LaFave family,
We have been praying for your family in our home and with our Parish family @ St Stephen the Martyr. Today at Mass we lifted you again in prayer (& heard prayer request for you today on Catholic Radio 102.7 this morning).
At Mass something a priest told our family after my own brother-in-law (Creighton Prep student) was killed in a traffic accident at 18 came to mind during the Responsorial Psalm. He said, "We would all like Heaven to look more like a senior citizen home" (ie after a long full life on earth, we'd get to go to Heaven), "but God is not like that. He loves people of all ages, babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors." I've never forgotten that...and today Psalm 143 said "His is a Kingdom of all ages." After hearing about your amazing son, it's no wonder God would want him with Him. Now your son lives to intercede for us. Thank you Saint Nathan! Save us a seat at Jesus' feet! And tell my brother-in-law, Mike, "Hello!"
Wendy Synowicki
October 18, 2013
I can' t go one more day without expressing my deep condolences and sympathy to you and your entire family. You don't know me at all and that doesn't matter. What matters is that Nate's short life on this earth has touched so many people. I don't have children and I sometimes thank God for that because I can't imagine how I would handle your situation. Please know Nate was an Angel on this Earth and is a sparkling Angel in Heaven. Only God knows why he needed him right now. It appears you have raised an excellent son. One day this all might make sense. Until then, know he is in your heart forever. I am SO sorry for your loss! Keep his memory strong and be proud of who you have raised and his impact on this community. God Bless all of you!
M M
October 17, 2013
I am Sister Barbara and I taught at St. Joe's in York with Sr. Lorraine. We knew your parents Bob and Barb. Just wanted to let you know that the prayers of the sisters at the monastery are for you at this time of great loss. Blessings!! Sister Barbara
October 17, 2013
Liz
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Dave during this difficult time.
Valarie Smith
October 16, 2013
We are sorry for your loss and continue to pray for you all. Paul and Joel were camp counselors for Nate while Alex was a camper with him. They all spoke so highly of him and loved having Nate as a camper. With deepest sympathy and many prayers. Marguerite and Steve Hotovy
October 16, 2013
Hello Beth,
I worked with you many years ago at TGT. I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. I pray that God will give you comfort and peace as you grieve this loss.
Ruth Belmont
Ruth Belmont
October 16, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort.
Kallie Mendenhall
October 16, 2013
Liz and family, We were truly saddened to hear of your loss. Although we did not know your grandson, he sounds like he was a wonderful person. May those memories comfort you at this time. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Your cousin, Jimmy Saroka and Terry Saroka
October 16, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless and if you need anything please let us know.
Quinn Jones
October 16, 2013
Liz,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandson. My heart hurts for you and your family. Please know that you are loved and prayed for.
Sally McCarney
October 16, 2013
Beth, Dave and family,
I pray the Lord gives you comfort and strength during this most sorrowful time. With deepest sympathy, Ricki Otten
October 16, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nate's family, friends, and the Mt Michael community. We hold you in our hearts and your pain is our pain - Mercy High School Sophomore parent, Janet Melchior-Kopp
October 16, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss Dave and family. Matt and I are keeping your family in our thoughts today. Love.
Cindy DeVore
October 16, 2013
Dave, Beth and Family - It was my pleasure and honor to have Nate as a student in my 5th grade class. He will be missed by so many. I offer my prayers and thoughts to you and your family during this time. Nate was a great person. I was the lucky one to have known him. Rohwer Elementary
Julie Schneider
October 16, 2013
Dear LaFave Family,

My daughter knew of Nate from friends, and said she had never met him but had always heard many good things about him. From all I have heard and read, Nate was truly a beautiful, inspirational soul. It is a loss that he is gone but he has left inspiration and love with many. May you find strength and comfort, God be with you always.
Stephanie
October 16, 2013
With prayers.
A
October 15, 2013
All the young men at the Mount are remarkable but the sad, sad thing now is that one of these GREAT kids is missing.While working the Fall Festival last month I ran into Nate I was coming out a door with my hands full and Nate ran over to hold the door for me and after I had thank him Nate looked at me and said Your Welcome Sir... WOW ! RIP (Sir) Nate.
Michael Terasinski
October 15, 2013
My deepest symphony to the LaFave family. I worked for your father years ago, so you would not remember me. May the Lord help all of you during this time of sorrow. I pray that all of your family will find comfort in the Lord. Terry (Harmsen) Talbott.
October 15, 2013
Dave, Beth, Nick & Chris, we are truly sorry about Nate. He was an exceptional young man and he touched plenty of hearts. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. I will always cherish the times I've spent coaching him and remember him as the honest and loving young man who never knew failure whether in sports and in school. You should both be proud you raised a fine son. Farewell Nate and Godbless! Ia manuia Lou Malaga Nate ma ia e fa'atasi ma le Tama I le Lagi. Tofa soifua Nate!
Eliu Paopao
October 15, 2013
Thank you for raising such a fine young man who was dearly loved by all who had the privilege to meet him. Lifting you all in prayer without ceasing until your family is reunited at Jesus' feet on a day that never ends~
Wendy Synowicki
October 15, 2013
Dave, Beth and family,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss of your son Nate.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
~The Griess Family
October 15, 2013
Beth and family,
I was very sorry to hear about Nate's tragic accident. May God be with you at this very sad time!
Jan Melton
October 15, 2013
Dan, Pat & the family of Nate; please accept my condolences and prayers for your tragic loss.
Tim Andrews, MM, '84
October 15, 2013
Dave, Beth and family, we are saddened to hear of your loss. In reading the articles about Nate, you raised a fine young man and the world is less brighter without him. We grieve with you.
Scott & Cindy Naber
October 15, 2013
Dave, Beth and family,
Our hearts were so saddened by the news of your loss. Nate was such a wonderful young man who brought a positive force to many people's lives. He will be mourned and missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you go through this trying time. May you find comfort and strength in the warmth of friends and family surrounding you.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Tony, Trish & Paige
The Cody Family
October 15, 2013
My sympathies and prayers for all Lafave Family. Please read the beautiful tribute to Nate here: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/2013/10/15/book-club-draft
In Christ
October 15, 2013
Dave, Beth, Nick and Chris
Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. We are thinking of you and praying for you at this difficult time. May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort knowing Nate touched so many lives during his short time with us.
With thoughts of peace and courage for you,
Chuck, Julie, Morgan, Maddie and Kenzie
The Lambert family
October 15, 2013
We are sorry for the loss of your son, Nate. He was so special to everyone who knew him. He was an inspiration to everyone around him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.
Teresa & Matt Clark
October 15, 2013
Beth and family,
With deep sympathy and heartfelt prayers for all of you.
Deb Acers
October 15, 2013
Dear Mr&Mrs.Lafave,
We met only this September. I am the Catholic Chaplain for the New York Giants. The loss of your son Nate is simply heartbreaking. I belive this is not from the Lord, rather he sent your wonderful son to you and to all who knew him in his all too brief life. This is not God's plan that parents should bury their children. I believe deeply that God weeps with you and will embrace you with His Love. I'm sure Nate brought much light and goodness to others while he was here with you. I am honored that I met him and I will keep him and you in my prayers at Mass. Blessings and Prayers, Fr. Bill Dowd, Chaplain NY Giants
Fr. Bill Dowd
October 14, 2013
LaFave Family and all of Mt. Michael,
You are in our prayers! We feel for you and will support you through this tough time.
Duchesne XC Team
Duchesne Cross Country Team
October 14, 2013
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October 14, 2013
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son, Nate. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my love to all of you. May God give you strength during your time of need. Love from your cousin Jennifer and family
Jennifer Smith
October 14, 2013
Dave and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
The Ramaekers,Suzy Ramaekers Bathel
Jerry Ramaekers
October 14, 2013
Beth and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. My the Lord embrace you to carry you through this time of sadness.

Sincerely,
Laura
Laura Bryan
October 14, 2013
Dave and Beth and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Sean and Colleen Busch and family
Sean Busch
October 14, 2013
Dave, Beth & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Gary & Cheryl Reetz
October 14, 2013
We fondly remember our boys playing little league baseball together at KWAA. We enjoyed getting to know your family very much. Nate was a bright light and a great kid. He showed up to play a neighborhood wiffle ball game in our back yard not so long ago and we were thrilled to cross paths with "Nate The Great" once again. Your entire family will continue be in our prayers for healing and peace.
Amy, Joe, Jackson, Sam and Henry Polsley
October 14, 2013
Liz, Dave and family. I was shocked as I can't even imagine that you were too. I know how you feel about all your grandchildren and your hearts have to be broken. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the warm embrace of those near, hold you tight thru these most difficult times. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to call. Deepest sympathy. Julie Tartaglia
October 14, 2013
Beth & family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. May God give you strength during this time. Cheryl
Cheryl Dunaway
October 14, 2013
To my Beloved Extended family! I grieve with you! There are no words to express adequately the loss that I am feeling with you.
God's Peace to all of You!
Father Barry Horn
October 14, 2013
Beth and Dave we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We were blessed to have known Nate when our son played flag football with him such great memories.
Sheila, Clarence, and Keyshon Brown
October 14, 2013
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We here at RDG Dahlquist Art Studio will keep you in our thoughts.
Don Scandrett
October 14, 2013
Beth, Dave & family,
So sorry to hear about Nate. I can't imagine what you are going through, but please know that our hearts go out to you and we are praying for you and your entire family.
Terry & Sue Nienhueser
October 14, 2013
Beth - I know that I have no idea of the pain you are in but believe in your faith and lean on your friends and family to get you through this most tragic time. Our love goes out to you and yours.
Cindy Sutton
October 14, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mary Anne Doner
October 14, 2013
Liz,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Father of mercies and God of all comfort be with you and your family during this difficult time. (II Cor 1:3,4)
Stephen Revel
October 14, 2013
The loss of a young person with dreams to fulfill is especially hard. You are not alone in your suffering and many people care about you and their hearts go out to you. Please know that you are all in our prayers and we mourn with you the loss of such a bright light.
Lynn & Jim Svoboda
October 14, 2013
Dear Beth and Dave, my deepest condolences to you. May God be with you during the most difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Jeanne Filbey
October 14, 2013
Liz - I am so sorry about the loss of your grandson. This is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent and grandparent. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Dave, and Dave Jr. and the rest of your family through this sad time. I truly know how this feels.
Pam Fitzgearld
October 14, 2013
Beth, Dave, and family....
There are no words to convey my sorrow for your loss. I have been praying for all of you this weekend that you will receive strength and peace.
Nate will always be in your hearts.

with love and sympathy
Dianne Kelly
October 14, 2013
Liz,

My most sorrowful condolensces go out to you and all of Nate's family. This is a terrible tragedy and the world will be a lesser place not having this wonderful young man grow up and accomplish all that he was going to achieve. He will live on in your hearts as a bright spirit helping to guide you on your way. My most sincere wishes go out to all of you in your time of immense loss and sadness.
Joseph Schaaf
October 14, 2013
Dave and Beth, Such a loss for everyone who had the privilege of knowing Nate. So many thoughts and prayers coming from your Rohwer family at this most difficult time. Although you know he has gone to a better place, it doesn't take away the hurt and loss of losing someone so special. We will not forget him!
Sandi Dawson
October 14, 2013
Liz, I am so very sorry for your loss. Standing in prayer for you and your family. Schentrell and family
October 14, 2013
Liz & Dave, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know you will miss Nate dearly. -Paul Albrecht
Paul Albrecht
October 14, 2013
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. May God embrace you in his loving arms and give you comfort.
Anita Young
October 14, 2013
Dave - Beth and Family - Thought and prayers are with you during this time - Keep your faith it will help you get through!!
Kenny & Diane Struble
October 14, 2013
We will forever remember what a fun spirited, hard working kid Nate was. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. God Bless. Chris, Jen, Hanna, Alyssa Hopkins and Drew Sliva
Jen Hopkins
October 14, 2013
So very sad to hear about your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris Cox
October 14, 2013
On behalf of the Mount Michael journalism team, we spent a lot of time in class today talking about what meant to us and his impact on everyone's lives. We will miss him as we move forward as a team. Always remembering him. May he rest in peace.
Journalism Team Mount Michael
October 14, 2013
We will forever remember Nate's wonderful smile and personality. He was always a welcome guest when he and the boys would get together.
May you find comfort in the love of God, family and friends.
Dan, Lori, Will & Truman Bruckner
October 14, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God be with you during this tragic time.
Dave, Melinda, and Cole Plendl
Melinda Plendl
October 14, 2013
I am so sad to hear about Nate's death. I remember him as such a great kid. God be with all of you at this time - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane Petersen
Rohwer Elementary
October 14, 2013
Our prayers are with you and your family. Nate was an amazing young man.
Kevin and Gina Nelson
October 14, 2013
Sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. John, Monique, Davis and Annalise Anderson
John Anderson
October 14, 2013
Dave, Beth and family,
We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of you son Nathan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. May God bless you during this difficult time.
Randy & Mary Palandri
October 14, 2013
We are so saddened to hear of your loss of Nate. He will be missed but never forgotten. May God and His angels wrap their arms around you now and forever.
Steve, Kim, Morgan & Jacee Christian
October 14, 2013
We are so saddened to hear of Nate's passing. He will be missed, but never forgotten. May angels watch over you and God bless you during this difficult time.
Steve, Kim, Morgan & Jacee Christian
October 14, 2013
Dear Beth and family,

I am so sad for you. I fumble for the right words to say. Please know I am offering prayers for Nate, you and all involved.

Judy Jesz and family
October 14, 2013
Dave & Beth
Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May you find peace in the arms of Jesus.
Doug & Rhonda Winkler - York
October 14, 2013
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of Nate's family and friends.

The Harper Family
Gretna, Nebraska
October 14, 2013
Dave, Beth and Family,
We are sad to hear about the loss of Nathan. Joe III and I have fond memories of the time we spent with Dave and Nate.You continue to be in our prayers.
Joe and Denise Saniuk
October 14, 2013
Dave & Beth,
Nate will be dearly missed. He was a good friend to my son Jake. I had hopes and dreams that Nate and Jake would be life long friends. I always liked it when Nate came over to play army. He was sweet, kind and always well behaved. Just know my heart grieves with you. Nate was very special person and I will never forget him.
Trish Muhle
October 14, 2013
Dave & Beth,

We send our sympathy and prayers to your family. We pray that God will bring you comfort and strength in the coming days.

Doug & Barb Washburn
October 14, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss of Nat. He was a very giving and selfless young man. I met him when he was younger through my daughter Dawn Dunn, who always spoke very highly of him. He was a great role model for other teens. He will be very much missed by all.
Dalene Worthington
October 14, 2013
Dave & Beth,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Nathan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Todd & Carol Faller
Logan & Nick Faller
Carol Faller
October 14, 2013
Beth,
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you, and your whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember all of the stories you would tell us about Nate. He was a beautiful blessing in your life.
Hugs and love to you,
Tracy Koenig
October 14, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of Nate. I recall him so well when I was his 8th grade administrator at Russell Middle School. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. The angels have taken him to paradise. He will rest in peace.
Leonard Sagenbrecht
October 14, 2013
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Nate.
Karla Terasinski
October 14, 2013