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Dr. D.J. McCabe

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April 29, 1927 — November 24, 2020

Jim McCabe was born Darrell James McCabe in Mondamin, Iowa to David and Daisy (Pippitt) McCabe on April 29, 1927. At a very early age he realized he was not bound to the life he’d inherited, and his instinctive curiosity led Jim on a remarkable journey that ended with his passing in Lincoln, Nebraska of natural causes on November 24 at the age of 93.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the occupying force in Belgium and Germany, where he parlayed his GI rations into gifts for refugee children. Jim returned to the States and enlisted the GI Bill to become the first in his family to attend college. Alphabetical order sat Jim McCabe next to Marla Marx at a freshman survey class at the University of Nebraska, and they went on to be married for 66 years.

The Marx’s helped Jim pursue a degree and career in dentistry. As he prepared to raise a family, Jim decided he needed the reliability of a paycheck and left private practice to become a professor of dentistry at UNL’s Dental College. He would later confess he had no idea what he was doing the first day he stood before a class, but it turned out teaching was his natural calling. He would teach his dental students about more than dentistry, and went on to become both a student and teacher of many subjects. Dr. McCabe became legendary for his class Alternative Ways of Feeling Better offered through UNL’s innovative Centennial College in the late 1970s. He continued practicing dentistry as the on-staff dentist at the Whitehall Home for Children for 30+ years, and led a staff of volunteer dentists serving the Winnebago Indian Reservation in Nebraska. In his spare time he was a freelance interior designer for Eno’s Upholstery for 30 years.

Curiosity and creative thinking also made Jim a shrewd businessman. Having discovered expensive German comfort sandals on a trip to California, Jim opened Lincoln’s Footloose & Fancy in 1975, and with Marla’s devoted salesmanship it became one of the most successful Birkenstock retailers in the country. Noticing the college town lacked a legitimate coffee house, he opened the much beloved “The Coffee House” on P Street in 1987. He showed a similar sense of foresight and opportunity when playing the stock market.

Jim was a lifelong traveler, who fell in love with the mountains as a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park, and celebrated his 50th birthday with a solo trek across India. He was also an avid and adventurous chef, who could talk about food for hours.

Known variously as Jim, DJ, Doctor McCabe or Pop, he will be remembered by many simply for fascinating conversations and loud laughter going late into the night, often at the family’s cherished lake house at South Bend.

He is survived by his wife Marla, sons Jeff and Casey (Mary Widdifield), grandchildren Olivia and Henry McCabe, cousins Janice Callahan and Nick Bean, and dog Mimi. The family asks that his memory be honored by sharing Jim’s curiosity, kindness, generosity and integrity, and that any memorial be sent as a donation to the Lincoln Humane Society.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Monarch House hospice for their kindness and professionalism.

Celebration of life to be held at a later date.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

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Frances Ellen Macke

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Loving matriarch, Frances Ellen Macke (nee Boyle) age 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 6, 2020, at Waterford at College View in Lincoln.

Frances was born on October 23, 1933, to John Michael Boyle and Beatrice Hoatson Boyle. Her beloved parents raised her and three siblings, Robert, Louise, and Catherine, on their farm in Paxton, Nebraska.

Frances attended North Platte St. Patrick’s High School and graduated in 1951, the same year that she married her husband of 63 years, Douglas Macke. She and Doug had six sons, Michael (Lynda), Timothy (Lori), Patrick, Daniel, Mark (Andrea), and Matthew, and raised their boys in Alma, Nebraska. Her boys were her pride and joy.

Frances was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She taught her family strength in faith, unconditional love, and enduring kindness. Her baked sweets and Christmas Eves were epic, and blue skies will ever remind them of her favorite color.

Family rosary and mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, private burial at Calvary Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Marjorie Mae Miller

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Marjorie Mae (Walter) Miller was born May 13, 1927, in St. Francis, KS. She was 93-years-old when she passed into the presence of the Lord on October 8, 2020, in Lincoln, NE. Her parents were Rudolph (Roy) Albert and Sophie Clara (Raile) Walter, who made their home on the farm in St. Francis, KS., with her younger brother Glenn.

Marjorie graduated from St. Francis High School. She enjoyed math, basketball, volleyball and riding her horse. She studied cosmetology in Hastings, NE, and returned to St. Francis to open her own business. On September 12, 1947, she married Robert Leland Miller also of St. Francis. They enjoyed 65 years together before his passing in 2013. She helped rear five children and fostered twin girls.

As the wife of a pastor, she had many communities to call home wherever Robert was assigned, wearing many different “hats” and making many lifelong friends through the years. She was a hard worker and was known to whistle a merry tune, even at her last home, Southlake Village. Within the home, she managed household chores, sewed many clothing items, gardened, and loved animals. Outside the home, she ironed shirts for seminary students for $.25 each, cooked at a grade school, was a receptionist for an optometrist, an EMT volunteer, an aide in a care home, bookkeeper at a pharmacy and eventually operated her own in-home infant day care. For hobbies, she sewed quilts, crocheted afghans, created many craft items for church bazaars, and immensely enjoyed reading and her flower gardens. Her children remember her love of board games, vacations, and filling their home with her laughter.

Her faith was very important to Marjorie. She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church which later merged with the Methodist Church. She had a caring heart and was a wise counselor, forgiving, non judgmental, accepting of everyone, giving endless chances as she poured out God’s love..

She is survived by her children: Ronald Lynn Miller and wife Margaret Lynn of Little Rock, AR; Sherilynn Reynolds and husband William Keith of Mountain Home, AR; Joy Ellen Sodders and husband Daniel Richard of Lawrence, KS; Lou Ann Colborn and husband Mark Douglas of Clatonia, NE; and Jon Marc Miller and wife Teresa Lynn of Lincoln, NE; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Glenn Donald Walter, her husband Robert, and her grandson Benjamin Christopher Reynolds.

A private family service was held on Monday, October 12, 2020. Inurnment will be at a later date.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Barbara Jean Martin

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4/1/1942 – 10/11/2020

Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Barbara Jean Martin of Lincoln, NE passed away early Sunday morning, October 11, 2020 at the age of 78 at Bryan Medical Center. Barb was born April 1, 1942 to Martha Ozena Reynolds – Brooks and Carl Frank Brooks in Marmaduke, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Darrell Martin, August 22nd, 2020. She is survived by brothers, Danny Brooks; and Rodney Brooks; sister, Brenda Brooks; son, Kenneth Howard; daughters, Kelly Howard; and Kaela Howard; several nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Barb worked in optics for 30 years and even long after retiring, she continued to work for Lincoln Public Schools. She was hard working, loved her family, was always happy to spend time with her great grandchildren, enjoyed making crafts and attending craft shows, and always enjoyed doing the daily cross word puzzle. She was so ecstatic over the holidays that her face lit up with every decoration that she put out. Barb lit up the room with her enlightened spirit and playful sense of humor.

At her request, no service will be held. Celebration of life at a later date.

God saw she was getting tired
and the cure was not to be.
So He put his arms around her and
whispered, “Come with me.”

With tearful hearts
we watched her fade away.
Although we loved her dearly,
we could not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.

Jeffrey Adam McCave

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Jeffrey Adam McCave passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020, after a brief battle with an aggressive form of myeloma cancer. He was 51.

Jeffrey was born on February 19, 1969, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was strong and brave throughout his entire battle.

Jeffrey is survived by his son, Nevin Murphy, his father, John McCave, Sr., his brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Charlotte McCave; his brother, John McCave, Jr., his brother James McCave and sister-in-law Jennifer Bear Eagle, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was predeceased in death by his mother, Patricia LaPoint, and his grandparents.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.