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Obituary

Elizabeth “Lynn” Helen (Stoesz) Wickham

June 15, 1930 - December 15, 2021

Elizabeth “Lynn” Helen (Stoesz) Wickham passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 with her daughters at her side. She was born June 15, 1930 in Fargo, North Dakota to the late Abraham and Justina Stoesz and was a proud citizen of Lincoln for over 80 years.

Lynn graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948 and the University of Nebraska – Medical Center College of Nursing in 1952. She wed Donald James Wickham on December 5, 1953. Don predeceased her in 2004 after 50 years of marriage.

Following her graduation as a Registered Nurse, Lynn worked for Dr. Rose and Dr. Webb until the birth of their first child, Deb. While not working as an RN, Lynn maintained her nursing license for over 30 years so that she could stay up to date with the medical profession. She was devoted to her family as a loving wife, mother, sister, and homemaker. Lynn was involved in the Lincoln community as a Girl Scout leader and an active member of Delta Delta Delta alumnae, Cosmo Pals, InterClub Council, Daughter of the Nile #66, Sesostris Auxiliary, often serving as a board member of those organizations. Throughout her life she enjoyed playing bridge and continued to do so, even playing on-line during the pandemic with her brother, sister-in-law and niece in Santa Fe. Lynn shared her love of travel with family, treating them to a Hawaiian cruise on her 80th and 85th birthdays. She was an avid Husker fan and had season tickets to football games for over 60 years, making sure to wear red and put the Husker flag up every game day, Go Big Red! She belonged to Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln for over 50 years. She was deeply loved by family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Lynn is survived by daughters, Deb (Adam) Dingwall of Battle Creek, Michigan, Sally (David) Zubero of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Susie (Cindy) Wickham of Broomfield, Colorado. Lynn is also survived by grandchildren Daniel Zubero, Elizabeth Zubero, Austin (Lauren) Wickham, Sidney Wickham, great-granddaughter Autumn Wickham, her brother Roy (Ann) Stoesz of Santa Fe, New Mexico and several nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

She is predeceased by her husband, Don, her parents, and her brother and sister-in-law Dr. Paul and Dotty Stoesz.

A Celebration of Lynn’s Life, open to all, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 19th at Eastridge Presbyterian Church.  Visitation will be held one hour prior in the Eastridge Presbyterian Church Welcome Center.

Livestream will be available 10 minutes prior the service start time.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Shriners Hospital for Children and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

Special thanks to the caregivers from Home Care Assistance and Tabitha Hospice for the excellent care of Lynn.

 

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Services

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Visitation

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Celebration of Life

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February 19, 2022

Dear Sally, I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. She was always so loving and kind every time I saw her. I remember one time she gave me a ride home from college. She said “Everybody stay in the car until the buggy stops.” I guess I had an impatient nature to get out of the car before it stopped. Or she always made those Christmas cookies with the small colored marshmallows. She always wrote back when I sent her a Christmas card. There are so many memories I have of going to your home and she always made me feel welcome. I am glad I got to see her her when I came back to Lincoln a few years back and we all had lunch at Ticos.

– Inta
February 19, 2022

Deb, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Pray she passed without much suffering! Love and miss seeing you in BC. It sure sounded like she had a pretty amazing!

– Love n Prayers, Sherry ( & Russ) ❤️
January 6, 2022

Aunt Lynn has quite a reputation in Katy, Texas. She would save all of the crayons and coloring books from family restaurants, stickers from the grocery store, suckers from the bank, gum from airlines, toys from cereal boxes (Kellog’s, of course) and other interesting items from clearance bins. After she had filled a box, she would mail it to my house with instructions to share out the goodies. You would think that a treasure chest had been left on our porch! The cousins, and any other visiting child, would gather around the table, vibrating with anticipation as the booty was divided. There was always plenty to go around. One of my friends, who’s son was present for more than one “Aunt Lynn Box”, asked me how my daughter, Kit’s, wedding went since she had been unable to attend. When I told her that Aunt Lynn had been able to come down for the wedding, she placed her hand on her chest, gasped, and exclaimed, “THE Aunt Lynn? I am SO sorry that I missed meeting her! We were privileged to have Elizabeth Hellen Wickham as our aunt, not just any aunt, but THE Aunt Lynn.

– Karen S Drexler
December 31, 2021

Susie and family I am very sorry for your loss and am thinking of you at this sad time. I have many fond memories of visiting your home as we grew up together in Lincoln. It was a warm and happy home and your Mom always made me feel very welcome there. It seemed your Dad was in his chair in the living room reading the paper and your Mom was in the kitchen whenever we arrived. I feel very blessed to have been a friend of the family all those years ago. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures in tribute to your Mom. It was apparent how proud she was of her family and how much she was loved. She will live on in all your hearts.

– Lori (Patrick) Johansen
December 28, 2021

I have so many great memories of little gifts Aunt Lynn would send us in “Aunt Lynn Boxes!” I remember playing ping pong in her basement in Lincoln. She always went above and beyond to make us kids feel special and included. She was one smart and strong lady, and will be dearly missed!

– Kit Frishman
December 27, 2021

Though being her first cousins and just one year older, I have just one memory of Elizabeth Helen. Our parents were close friends. For many years we shared the Thanksgiving celebration, alternating between Lincoln and the parental home in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. One morning the Stoesz cousins spent the morning playing basket ball when it was noticed that EH had not yet made her appearance. Brother Roy led the way to her room and entered with a minimum of formalities and proceeded to pummel her, making sure she knew her night had ended unceremoniously. It was the good natured horse play of siblings that who loved each other. Edgar Stoesz, cousin Akron, PA.

– S/edgar
December 19, 2021

Liz and I became friends in the Irving Jr. High orchestra years ago, continuing in the Lincoln High Orchestra, and ever since with occasional contacts over the years, more recently with shared emails. A genuinely sweet and caring person, I’m so glad to have called her a dear friend.

– Dorothy Beggs Applebee
December 19, 2021

Susie You and I were really good friends at Eastridge and Millard Leffler we use to play together all the time when we were kids. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Your mom was a wonderful lady.

– Kristi Smith
December 19, 2021

Getting to know your mom was a great privilege. I played Daughters of the Nile bridge with her for many years. As you know, she was the force behind the whole league! Her intelligence, sense of humor and concern for others will long be remembered. My sympathies to your family.

– Tami Wellmann
December 19, 2021

Susie I have so many memories of you and I playing together as kids at our houses. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Your mom was a wonderful lady.

– Kristi Smith
December 19, 2021

Deb, Susie and Sally! I was so sad to hear about your Mom. So many memories of your Mom. From my childhood at your house for many playdates with you girls, and her continued friendship with my Mom, She always cared about people. May she rest in peace. My Love and Prayers to all of you.

– Marti Countryman-Dreiling (Kendle)
December 18, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to you girls and your families! Am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed!

– Ray and Claranna Carson Witherwax

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