Anita R. Shadbolt
November 17, 1932 - September 8, 2021

Anita R. Shadbolt

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Anita Shadbolt, age 88, of Omaha, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Brookestone Meadows Rehabilitation and Care Center, with her family by her side.

Anita was born November 17, 1932, in Mannville, Alberta, Canada to Henry and Olga (Kulak) Hennig. The Hennig family lived in several towns in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, and also lived in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho. In 1947 the family moved to Pender, Nebraska, where Anita graduated from high school. It was here that she met Ervin "Bus" Shadbolt, and Anita and Bus were united in marriage on September 21, 1951. They were married for 64 wonderful years. Anita and Bus were blessed with three children: Michael, David, and Jane.

Anita and Bus lived with her father in Pender for a time following their marriage, and in 1957 moved to Fremont where they lived for 31 years. After Bus's retirement, they moved to Wahoo where the couple managed an apartment complex for two years. They then moved to Omaha to manage a condominium complex, and then spent a year in Battlement Mesa, Colorado, before returning to Nebraska.

Anita was a homemaker as she and her husband raised their children. Later, Anita worked as a teacher's aide at Clarkson Elementary School and as a librarian at Linden Elementary School, both in Fremont. She also worked as a teacher's aide at Brownell-Talbot Elementary School in Omaha.

Anita loved to cook, and took great pleasure in preparing meals for her family and friends. Her potato salad was legendary. She loved holidays, and especially looked forward to Christmas with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren - one year she even arranged for Santa to personally deliver a pair of cowboy boots to Bus on Christmas Eve.

Her last years in Omaha were spent at Heritage at Legacy and then at Brookestone Meadows. Her quick wit and ready smile made her many friends - both among the residents and the staff - at both facilities.

Anita was confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Bonner's Ferry by her father. Her strong Christian faith was evident throughout her life, and she lived her life in the assurance of God's love and the promise in Jesus of eternal life. She was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska.

Anita is survived by her children, Michael (Patti) Shadbolt of Omaha, David Shadbolt of Omaha, and Jane (Albert) Winseman of Omaha; four granddaughters - Sara (Chip) Needham of Bellevue, Bethany (Ryan) Olson of Fremont, Julie (Kevin) Wagner of Omaha, and Kaleigh Winseman of Omaha; eight great-grandchildren, and brothers Ron Hennig of Omaha and Melvin (RaeJean) Hennig of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ervin Shadbolt, and a daughter-in-law Kathleen Shadbolt.

Visitation will be Monday, September 13, 2021 at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel from 3pm to 8pm with the family present from 6pm to 8pm. The funeral will be 10:30am, Tuesday, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Anthony Gerber officiating. The committal will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Pender. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran School, Fremont, Nebraska.

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Monday, September 13, 2021
3:00pm to 8:00pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Funeral Service
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS)
1546 N. Luther Road
Fremont, NE  68025
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St. John's Lutheran Cemetery
Pender, NE  68047


  1. Jeff Hennig
    I have many memories of my dear Aunt Anita. From staying at my aunt and uncle’s house in Fremont in the early 70’s to visiting her through the window at Brookstone last fall.

    We have a laundry chute in our Idaho home because I was so impressed by the one I remember in their house in the 70’s when I was 5 years old. One of my most unique hunts was going after squirrels in the forest behind their place in Fremont in the 80’s. It’s interesting how many memories my Uncle Bus and Aunt Anita gave me, many of which were formative in my perspectives on various things. I thought a lot about Aunt Anita and her family today (9/14) and I appreciate the memories I have, and especially the example she set for being so close and loving to (and proud of) each and every one of her family members whether that was as a wife, mother, daughter, grandparent, great grandparent, aunt, etc. She cared about all of us and we were always important to her.
  2. Jason and Amy Hennig
    Amy, myself (Jason), and our family are so sorry for the passing of 'Aunt Anita'. Many memories of her and Bus and family during our annual summer trips from North Idaho to Nebraska!! She's now in heaven with 'Uncle Bus' and Grandpa/Grandma Hennig. We will be at Pender church cemetery next summer for sure.
  3. Renee
    Anita was my friend Janie’s mom, she was my favorite mom. She would give me all the ice cream sandwiches I wanted time ate 4 and she smiled! She was good to my special needs brother Ron; would bring him chocolate bars and talk to him sweetly. Anita and Buz were good friends with my mom and dad, Darlene and Bud Johnson till their end Anita and Buz made Hancock St Norman Rockwell st. RIP sweeAnita
  4. Verna Homa
    Mic, Patti & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss. My sincere sympathy to your family.
    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
  5. Karla wishon (Kudlac)
    My deepest sympathies to your family
    My parents, Ken & Donna were friends with your parents and I was blessed to visit with Anita a few years back at church and at BSM. Such a sweet lady ❤❤
  6. Eileen Thornburg
    Mic, Patti & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    What a special mom who loved family
    and faith.
    Thoughts & prayers,
    Eileen & Bob Thornburg
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