McDermott, Ada Belle

McDermott, Ada Belle Jan 2, 1922 - Feb 13, 2016 Ada Belle McDermott, age 94, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 13, 2016 surrounded by family and love. Raised a Nebraska farm girl in Steel City and Wilber, Ada later helped her mother manage the historic Wilber Hotel. Thereafter, Ada donated the hotel to the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber where it remains today as a museum and civic center. While an exemplary student at the University of Nebraska, Ada met and married her life-long sweetheart, Joe McDermott, in 1942. Together they had two sons, Michael and Patrick, followed by grandchildren: Megan, Larry, Carolyn, and Matthew, and great-grandchildren: Gabrielle, Grace, Jesse and Gannon. Ada supported and laughed with all her children. Ada was a schoolteacher at Christ the King Parish, while Michael and Patrick mowed neighborhood lawns, helping support the family while Joe was ill. In the early 1960s, Joe and Ada started Loveland Lawns selling grass seed and fertilizer out of their garage in the little green house at 9816 F Street in Omaha, NE. Twenty years later, the Loveland Warehouse was the largest distributor of lawn and garden product west of Chicago. Ada worked as administrator, bookkeeper and organizer, complementing Joe's salesmanship. A devout Catholic, Ada was a force in parish activities at St. Cecilia's, St. Margaret Mary's, Christ the King, Mary Our Queen and St. Gerald's in Omaha. She supported the Good Shepherd Sisters of Omaha and the Notre Dame Sisters of Omaha and Wilber, NE, honoring her sister Angeline of the order. She was a benefactor and Oblate supporting Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey from its early days. Ada's faith has been a constant source of strength and generosity in her life. Her son, Patrick McDermott, cared for Ada during her last years. With walks in the park and healthy meals, he lovingly tended her needs. The family is grateful to all those who faithfully ministered to Ada at home including Millie, Patty, St. Gerald's Eucharistic ministers and many Loveland Grass Pad staff. Ada was loved and will always be remembered. Her legacy of faith, generosity and hard work is a living gift that we are grateful to inherit and pass on to future generations. Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Joe McDermott; her sisters, Angeline Barta and Dorothy Applegate; brother, Daniel Barta. She is survived by her sister, Eunice Kuhns; brothers, Eugene Barta and Clair Barta; two sons, Patrick and Michael (Betty); grandchildren: Megan (Robert), Larry (Lindsay), Carolyn (Patrick) and Matthew (Sophia); great-grandchildren: Gabrielle, Grace, Jesse and Gannon. We are grateful and confident that Ada has been welcomed home by her loving God, her family and Joe, and all the angels and saints, who are now with her celebrating a life well lived. Please join us in celebration and thanksgiving for her life. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 16th at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 "Q" St., from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the church. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 10am at St. Gerald Catholic Church with a luncheon to follow. All are welcome. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mount Michael or Sisters of Notre Dame. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER 5108 "F" St. 402-391-3900

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Monte Anderson

My condolences to the entire McDermott Family. My prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Charlie Barta

I'm Ada's nephew from Orlando, Dan's son.

I loved Ada's warm smile and laughter. Looking back to 1981-83 selling fertilizer & sod for Loveland brings back fond memories. Ada warm the day when I worked in the warehouse in the middle of December selling ice melt and bird seed. She always had coffee going and a snack to carry me through. Thank you Ada for the love of horticulture you instilled in me. I have a clay (fish) pot in the yard she and Joe gave me years ago.

God bless the McDermott family and us all


I didn't know Ada, but, after reading this, I wish I had known! What a wonderful woman. And her picture is a joy. I couldn't stop looking at that happy face!
I am sorry for your loss, but confident that all who knew her will carry fond memories of her in their hearts. Prayers for all.
Lorraine Boyd

Douglas Carl

25 years ago I worked with Patrick for a few years at the Grainery Whole Foods Market and I was very fortunate and blessed to get to know Patrick, Karin, and Matthew very well, and on several occasions Joe and Ada would drop by. Also I was able to meet Michael and some of his children from time to time when they were in town.

To this day, I simply cherish my friendship with all McDermotts, for I knew then as a young man that I was simply associated with a very special, strong, and good family.

Patrick was my boss at the time, but always much much more. I often thought of him as a father and he treated me with such care, kindness, patience, and generosity. I am very grateful for this. My son's middle name is Patrick after my Uncle Pat Carl and Patrick McDermott. Two men who were very good to me, and good for me.

Thank you Ada for the gift of my dear friend Patrick.

I am quite sure that the obituary in the Omaha World Herald is one of the most loving and beautiful obituaries ever written. A fine tribute to a fine woman and a fine family.

God Bless the McDermott family. I look forward to seeing many of you tonight at the Vigil and tomorrow at the Mass of Christian Burial.

Douglas Carl
Omaha, NE

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