CasciniDr. Brett Ranford Cascini, 59, of Lincoln passed away on May 17, 2016. Born July 10, 1956 in Schenectady, NY to Dr. William and Edythe (Peden) Cascini.

Dr. Cascini was a 1974 graduate of Lincoln East High School; 1978 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.S.); member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity; 1984 graduate of University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry (D.D.S.); and a 1986 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University Orthodontic Residency program in Hackensack, NJ.

In solo private practice for 30 years, Dr. Cascini also taught at UNMC Medical Center College of Dentistry, Dept. of Orthodontics for 28 years. He instructed hundreds of dentists and orthodontists during his tenure and will be fondly remembered for his quiet, gentle manner.  He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and was an active member of the American Assoc. of Orthodontics, American Dental Assoc., Nebr. Dental Assoc., and Lincoln District Dental Assoc.

Survived by his wife Mary (Lundy); his parents; daughter Jillian (Myron) Schneider; grandchildren Paxon and Blaire Schneider all of Rothschild, WI; son, Zane of Lincoln; brother, Wade (Marcella) of Sammamish, WA; sister, Janelle (Michael) Herres; nephews, Alex and Macrae Zappala, Will (Jes) Herres; and niece, Kate (Lance) Edwards, all of Lincoln.

No Services at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: William and Edythe Peden Cascini Family Endowed Scholarship, Advancement Office,

Smith-Curtis Building Room 310, Nebraska Wesleyan Univ., 5000 St. Paul Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504; or to the UNMC College of Dentistry, Dr. Brett Cascini Memorial Donation, Orthodontic Development Fund ID#01010320 c/o The University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Condolences at


32 Responses to Dr. Brett Ranford Cascini

  1. Todd Shainholtz says:

    Sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. I knew Burt both from the Fraternity and the Dental school. I understand he had quite a lot to do with the future of the Orthodontic program there. Mary, hope to see you again some time.

  2. Christina Johnson says:

    Sending prayers to all his family and friends.

  3. Jody Cameron says:

    On behalf of the Nebraska Dental Association, please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Dr. Cascini. Dave and Jody at the NDA

  4. Rebecca (Harms) Dunn says:

    I ran across this news today and wish to send condolences your way. I know that you were close and with Brett being so young,…
    -thinking of you and your family in this difficult time!

  5. Kelsi Burney says:

    My deepest condolences to the Cascini family. Dr. Cascini was my Orthodontist for the past 10 years. He was extremely kind and gentle, he always went above and beyond for his patients. He loved to talk about his family, especially his grandchildren. The city of Lincoln has lost an incredible Doctor and genuine man.

  6. Paula Harre says:

    I was fortunate to have taught with Dr. Cascini at the dental college for 20 years and learned so much from him during that time. I always admired his practical approach to treatment and his dry sense of humor. He will be missed by the students, the staff and the faculty who respected and admired him so much.

  7. annette cserna says:

    Dear Mary and family; No words can express our sadness for your loss. We will miss him. I pray that you will feel his love for you even though he is physically not here. I pray that the fond memories that you have will help you remember the blessing he was not only to his family but to all the people who were lucky enough to know him.

  8. Lydell Otley says:

    So sorry for your loss…prayers to you and your family.

  9. Tessa Price says:

    Very sad to see this! My thoughts and prayers go to his family. He was so busy all the time we could not get in to see him until June when we didn’t schedule after my kids Ortho appt. He was also my Orthodontist. I’m wondering who we will go to now. ?

  10. Mindy & Mike McCormick says:

    So saddened by this news! Dr.Cascini is currently treating our kids and we have always LOVED his caring demeanor and dedication to his patients. Prayers to all his family,close friends and office staff.
    He will be greatly missed!!!

  11. David Fowler says:

    Janelle, so sorry for you and your family when I saw this announcement.

  12. David Fowler says:

    We are so sorry for you and your family,
    Dave and Carolyn

  13. Chantel Koerwitz says:

    Dr. Cascini provided me with ortho when I was in my 30s, so when my son needed braces a couple years ago, I knew who to call! I appreciated his gentle manner, no-frills office, and friendly staff. It was obvious to me that he cared more about people than things. To his family and friends…so sorry for your loss.

  14. Becky Raymond says:

    Mary and Janelle ~ My heart aches for you and your loved ones at Brett’s passing. May you be comforted by treasured memories as you grieve this terrible loss. Mary, when you are ready, you know I am here for you.

  15. Scott and Lisa Kasl says:

    Dear Mary, Janelle, and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Brett’s death. He was a kind person, and a wonderful orthodontist for each of our kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Kim Lawson says:

    Mary & Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I feel privileged to have gotten to know you two and had played a part in Brett’s care at Dr. Berg’s office. Hoping that your fond memories will dry your tears in the days to come. Kim

  17. Dana Fischietto says:

    Wade ~ my thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones. I hope the many fond rememberances bring you comfort in your time of sorrow. All my love.

  18. Dave Rosenbaum & Teri Perkins says:

    Dear Mary and family,

    We are so sorry to hear the sad news about Brett. We remember Brett as a Montessori parent, but also as the kind orthodontist who cared for our daughters when they had braces.

    We are sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy,
    Dave Rosenbaum and Teri Perkins

  19. Steve Leypoldt says:

    I met Brett at Wesleyan. He was a year behind me. His dad Dr. Bill Cascini taught six of us Leypoldt kids at Wesleyan. My condolences to the Cascini family.

  20. Kristin Edwards Heath says:

    I am so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Cascini! Not only was he an excellent orthodontist to my children, he and Mary used to work for my Dad back in the day of Ardan’s! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Cascini family! I pray you find peace and comfort through Him, and all who love and surround you, and knowing he is now at peace himself! God bless you!

  21. Vicki Treat says:

    Mary, Jillian, Zane, Bill, Edythe and Family
    Brett was a wonderful husband, father and son. I am so sorry for your loss.
    He was a wonderful, talented orthodontist (treated my son, who now has a beautiful smile) and such a caring person to all of his patients. I referred patients to him because I knew he was excellent at what he did. Lincoln was so lucky to have him as a resource for dental care and education–big shoes to fill.
    He was a very private person but so devoted to his family. He is missed by all who knew him.
    Our condolences to Brett’s family.
    Vicki Treat Charles Huber and Chas Huber

  22. Pam Mechtenberg says:

    Dr. Cascini was our family orthodontist. We had 3 children who needed braces. It was a joy to see his smiling face at each appointment. We have also had the pleasure of getting to know Jillian. What a nice family. So sorry for your loss…

  23. Melissa Jones says:

    We are so sorry to hear of this news. Our daughter was a client of Dr. Cascini’s. He always talked of his daughters dance and of his son. Many visits and a beautiful smile later, we will miss him dearly. Such a nice, kind hearted, ole teddy bear. His office was always kind, and easy to deal with, we appreciated him along with all of them. Our heart goes out to all of his family at this time, know you are all in our thoughts.

  24. Leona Penner says:

    Zane — I was so sorry to read of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. Sandy Rickers says:

    Mary, Jillian and Zane, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Brett touched many lives in his personal and professional life. So sorry for your loss.

  26. Kelly and Yom Senegor says:

    Wade, Yom and I send you our love and support. We hope the love you have for Brett will uplift and carry you through this tough time. We are here for you. With love, Yom and Kelly

  27. Nancy & Wayne VIdetich says:

    So sorry for your loss to all of you!! Always enjoyed him as a Dance Dad, Pyrtle parent East High sports supporter, Orthodontist for our kids and friend. Hoping his memory lives in your hearts and minds forever-he truly was a great person and will be missed.

  28. Anthony Tuttle says:

    You were a good person uncle Brett.. Goons miss you.. Peace ✌ Tony Tuttle..

  29. Diane Thornton says:

    Just heard about Dr Cascini’s passing. My condolences go out to his family. He was my son’s orthodonist. He was always very polite and had lots of patience with my son.

  30. Kevin Jensen says:

    Very sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. Will always remember his kind, quiet, gentle manner during the busy days of dental school. Prayers of peace and I will see Brett again. God Bless.

  31. Bobbie Connolly says:

    I just found out about Dr. Cascini’s passing and was truly saddened. I didn’t know him that well but when I did see him he was always so nice and easy going. I got braces in my late 50’s and couldn’t ask for a better orthodontist. I will always remember the story he shared of making horseradish from the plant. He laughed and laughed while telling it. My condolences to his entire family. There should be more like him.

  32. Vivian Luong says:

    Dr Cascini was a good man. I had the good fortune of learning with him as an orthodontic resident C/O 2012. He was kind hearted, quiet, and gentle. Dr Cascini was the best wire bender I had ever met! I will miss him dearly.

  • Pre-Planning

    Often a decision difficult to begin, our customers often talk about it being the best one they ever made. And in today’s economy, locking in costs is an ideal way to maintain your budget and alleviate future concerns.

  • Obituaries

  • News