Libbie Wortman
Libbie Wortman
  • October 18, 1927 - April 27, 2017
  • Lincoln, Nebraska

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Libbie Georgia Wortman passed from this life on April 27, 2017. Born in a farm home in Pawnee County on October 18, 1927 to Chester and Mary Mach.

After graduating from Country School Union and Pawnee City High School, she became employed as a secretary for Pawnee County Extension Service. During this time she answered a request for nursing assistance at the Pawnee County Hospital. Care of the sick became her life. She also worked at Mother of Perpetual Help Hospital at Falls City and St. Mary’s at West Point.

Libbie and Wilfred “Bill” Wortman were married June 6, 1950 at St. Anthony of Padua Church at Steinauer, NE. Shortly after their marriage Bill was drafted into the military. After his return from Korea he began study at the University of Nebraska and Libbie became a clerk-steno in a Federal position on the East Campus of the University.

With the birth of their son Mark in 1957 Libbie committed her life to being a mother and homemaker. Born to their union were 5 children: Mark Leigh (Margaret) Wortman, Overland Park, KS; Ann Marie Pettiford, Lincoln, NE; twins Betty Louise (Michael) Naegeli, Scottsdale, AZ and Michaela Mary (John) Erixson, Lincoln, NE; and David Jon (Lisa) Wortman, LaMesa, CA. She had 7 grandchildren (Anthony, Benjiman, Julia, Robert, Paula, Michael, and Keira) and 3 great grandchildren (Cooper, Hayden, and Cecilia). Preceded in death by her parents, sister Helen, husband Bill.

Intermingling with the care of her family, she sewed, did all manner of needlework, quilted. Growing and nurturing flowers was one of the joys of her life. Libbie working in her flower beds was a familiar sight. Music was another love of her life. In her “older” years she took lessons and became (in her words) an “unaccomplished” organist. She enjoyed bowling and continued that pastime with friends employing the Wii version. Travelling, especially in the mountains, with her family was another joy.

During much of her life she carried the debilitating cross of the illness of chronic unipolar depression. She found a way to be an uplifting presence for family and friends despite her burden.

The church of her faith was the Cathedral of the Risen Christ. She participated in the work of the church as health allowed; enjoyed the work and companionship of the Light of the World, and the peace and calm of her Hour of Perpetual Adoration.

Visitation Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7 – 9 pm, with Rosary at 7:30 pm at Lincoln Memorial funeral home, 6800 S. 14th, Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, suggested memorials to St. Gianna Women’s Homes, P. O. Box 30425, Lincoln, NE 68503-9921 or online at