Life Begins & Ends At Same Cemetery

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

For one Omaha family it’s their first Memorial Day without their mother. While they are mourning their loss, they can also find comfort in knowing she is now at peace in a place she always called home.

The funeral procession piles in. Then loved ones gather around the grave site. For most, being at a cemetery makes them uncomfortable. It’s a place associated with sadness, but this family it’s a bit different. They can also feel a sense of happiness.

You see the woman they are saying goodbye too, Kathryn Linson, known as “Kitty” was born and raised at this very cemetery.

"She lived right here at this house. As I recall it was built in 1915 and Kitty was born in 1929. Her father was the caretaker at that time. He mowed the grass, he dug the graves, he did everything,” said Kitty’s friend Galen Lillethorup.

Kitty had lots of special memories here with her father, one in particular. "Once he left her down in the hole to tease her and walked away,” said Lillethorup.

Her three daughters say throughout her adult life she would back to the Springwell Danish Cemetery to where her parents and siblings are buried. "She would come out and always put flowers here every holiday. She'd be in charge of all the flowers. She'd come out in the winter and pick up all the pine cones,” said Pat Linson.

Kitty even became a member of the cemetery’s board. Of course it’s only fitting, a woman who found peace at this place all her life, would also find peace here in death.

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