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Thomas Edward Rinkevich

November 14, 2017

Rinkevich, ThomasThomas Edward Rinkevich was born in Grand Rapids Michigan and received his A.B. at Xavier University in Ohio in 1964, an A.M. at Ohio State University in 1966, and a Ph.D. in Classics at Ohio State in 1973. After working as a Mail Carrier for the Postal Service in 1966, he began his career in the Classics Department at University of Nebraska in 1967. He was made Assistant Professor of Classics in 1973, promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, and retired in 2015 with Emeritus of Classics, after 48 years of faithful service to countless students of Greek language and literature, Latin language and literature, and numerous other subjects, including Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Mythology. Thomas was beloved by several generations of students and colleagues, who enjoyed the depth and breadth of his knowledge and his love for wisdom, and basked in his limitless kindness and his indefatigable sense of humor.

His excellence as a teacher warranted him several nominations for the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching award, and led to his receiving the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1991. He also received three UNL Parents Association teaching awards, in 1992, 2002, and 2004, and the J. Wellington Wimpy Award in 1996, testifying to his ongoing dedication to pedagogical excellence.

In his many years of service at UNL, Thomas served on countless committees, including the Faculty Senate and the University Marshalls, and bore the responsibility of acting Chair of the department at least four times. He was an important contributor to the sustenance and growth of the Classics Department, and thereafter of the Classics and Religious Studies, always ready to teach extra courses when the students’ needs exceeded the Department’s means. After his retirement, the Department honored his dedication to service to the students with the Thomas Rinkevich Memorial Award for Exceptional Service.

He initiated an informal social group he named the “Secret Seneca Society,” membership of which was open to anyone devoted to Ancient literature and thought, which has functioned as an unofficial alumni group for his many students. Thomas was also a faithful participant in the Latin Mass in the diocese of Lincoln, and readily gave his talents as a Latinist as they were needed. He enjoyed playing the violin and piano, and enthusiastically participated in the Lincoln Shape Note Singing Society.  He had a passion for gardening, travel, and bird watching.

He married Virginia Lee Uzendoski  in 1971 and was a loving father to Xavier Thomas Rinkevich, Mary Genevieve Rinkevich, Katharine Concepción Wilson, Roseanne Magdalene (Sean Thomas) Horton. He delighted in being grandfather to Emma Rose Potter. He is predeceased by his parents, Edward Francis Rinkevich and Magdalene Barbara (Vidro) Rinkevich, James Robert, his brother, and by Xavier Thomas and Mary Genevieve, his children, and is survived by Magdalene Theresa Bumford, his younger sister.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 18, 2017 with a Rosary beginning at 9:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1145 South St in Lincoln, NE.  Burial will be at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln, NE.  In lieu of flowers the family invites contributions to the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Thomas E. Rinkevich Memorial Fund, which will be dedicated to student scholarship awards.

Richard K. Lear

November 9, 2017

Lear, RichardRichard K. Lear age 87 of Lincoln passed away November 8, 2017.  He was born May 1, 1930 in Lincoln to Clarence and Christa (Richardson) Lear.  Richard U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 and received an honorable discharge in 1952.  He worked for Burlington railroad for 40 years as a switchman.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Terry Lear of Evergreen, Colorado, son, Rick Lear of Lincoln, daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Bob Schilke of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Jerry Nobbman, Jeff Nobbman, Zach Crosby and Alyson Lear.  Great grandchildren, Elijah Nobbman and Ava Crosby.  Sister, Virginia Kiefer, Brothers-in-law, Denny Kiefer and Ron Bonebright.  Sister-in-law Frieda Harr.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Irene (Harr) Lear, his parents and siblings, Bob, Don, Gene, Vera, Faye and Vivian.

Services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 7:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Donna Mae (Barton) Lewis

November 7, 2017

Lewis, DonnaDonna Mae (Barton) Lewis was born on December 14, 1931, in Rosemont, Nebraska, to Frank and Lola (Wright) Barton.  She graduated from Roseland High School in May, 1949 and married Albert Dale Lewis in July that same year.  She and Al had three daughters, LeAnn (Clancy) Hammar, Robin (Cantu, Thiel) Lewis and Julie Lewis.  She is survived by: LeAnn and Dave Hammar; Ann, Patrick and Olivia Clancy; Heather Payden-Williams, Lucina Eid, and Derek Williams; Robin Lewis; Brandy, Nick, Sara, and Jadyn Ringheimer; Gerard Cantu Junior; Julie Lewis; Special niece Lonna Divine; and many nieces and nephews.  Her parents, six sisters and five brothers-in-law predeceased her.  She also outlived Albert Lewis, Misty Cantu (granddaughter) and M. Shonn Clancy (grandson).

She retired on her 65th birthday from HyGain/Telex, now Bosch.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and participated in the Sewing Circle, Century Guild and Supper Club.  She was also active at the Lincoln Downtown Senior Center.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, prior to the service.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to People’s City Mission, Center for People in Need, Lincoln Salvation Army or First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln.

Adan J. Teniente

November 4, 2017

Teniente, AdanAdan J. Teniente age 30 of Omaha, previously Lincoln passed away November 1, 2017.  He was born February 6, 1987 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Adan Chavez and Yolanda Teniente.  The determination to achieve any dream.  The heart that made us all feel loved.  And the smile that lit up every room.  Rest easy our beautiful angel.

Adan is survived by his mother, Yolanda of Lincoln, father, Adan of Sutton, Nebraska, Brother, Roberto Teniente, sisters Erica Ketcham, Victoria Teniente and Cynthia Guitierrez all of Lincoln.  Brother, Phillip Teniente of South Dakota.

Services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Thursday, November 9th from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with a rosary service at 7:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the family for a later designation.


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