Juanita F. Kreifels, age 76, of Nebraska City passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Bergan Mercy in Omaha.


Juanita was born on May 27, 1941, in Bayard; the daughter of Basilio and Carmen (Plaza) Gonzales.  She was united in marriage to Leonard A. Kreifels on Feb. 19, 1971, in Papillion.


Juanita was a loving wife and mother.She enjoyed spending time with her family.She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Paul.


She is survived by her husband Leonard Kreifels of Nebraska City; children:  Diana Livermore and husband Rick of Port Orchard, Wash.; Joe Shields and wife Laura of Omaha; Jim Kreifels and wife Jodi of Talmage; Mike Kreifels and wife Cheryl of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and  Roger Kreifels of Nebraska City; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; mother Carmen Gonzalez of Omaha; siblings:  Martha DeMarte and husband John of Chicago, Ill.; Carmen Arias and husband Don of San Diego, Calif.; Steve Gonzalez and wife Judy of Omaha; Tony Gonzalez and wife Virginia of Papillion; brothers-in-law:Melvin (Lila) Kreifels and Clifford (Jean) Kreifels both of Nebraska City; many nieces and nephews; other family and friends.


Juanita was preceded in death by her father Basilio Gonzales and son Frank Shields.


A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Paul, with Fr. Michael Ventre celebrating the Mass.The burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening (3/7) at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City.


Memorials may be given to Lourdes Central Catholic School in Nebraska City.


Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.


Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.