May 13, 1938 – May 9, 2019
Born in Omaha, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Jeannie Lu Birdsall

Jeannie Lu Birdsall, 80, of Lincoln passed away May 8, 2019. She was born May 13, 1938, in Omaha to John and Lucille (Fassbinder) Novy.

As the daughter of a feedlot owner, Jeannie quickly developed a great love for animals including her dog, Poochie; pony, Willie; and numerous farm cats that she adored. Jeannie graduated from South High in 1955 and went on to study to become a Radiological Technologist.

In 1962, Jeannie met John Birdsall while bowling, after John convinced the bowling alley attendant to move him to the lane next to Jeannie so he could talk to her. The two married in 1963 and went on to win two mixed league bowling championships together. Over their 55 years of marriage, they traveled, raised two children, and had three beloved grandchildren.

In 1968 their daughter Joni was born, with son Rick following in 1970. While raising her children, Jeannie worked at home making electrical components and computer punch cards. When Rick was not driving her up the wall, Jeannie was an active member of St. Andrew’s and enjoyed making quilts.

Jeannie cherished her days with her family roughing it out at the cabin, where they created many fond memories while fishing and boating together. She enjoyed playing pinochle by lantern-light with her mother, aunt, and uncle. While the cabin lacked electricity and they had a run-in with a snapping turtle, that time spent together as a family will always be lovingly remembered.

Jeannie adored her grandchildren, Wyatt, Jarod, and Luci. Spending the night at “Pop Pop’s” house was always sure to include treats and a movie. She would do anything for them, and they always knew that she was there. Days were often spent watching her programs, “Gunsmoke” and “Days of Our Lives.”

Over the course of her life, Jeannie’s love for animals was abundant as she cared for many cats and dogs. Because of her love of cats, Jeannie and John spent a great deal of time working to ensure that The Cat House no-kill shelter would have a successful home on O Street. Through renovation efforts and financial support, Jeannie’s love for animals will live on.

She will be remembered for her beloved pumpkin pie, her love of Elvis Presley, her enjoyment of classic movies, and her passion for caring for animals.

Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Ln. Lincoln, NE 68505

Visitation: Sunday, May 12, from noon until 8 p.m., with family greeting friends from 4-6 p.m. at Roper & Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

In remembrance of Jeannie, the family kindly requests that memorials be made to The Cat House, 3633 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510.

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