Rudell Ann Stormberg, age 94, passed away in Lincoln, NE on Friday, February, 5, 2021. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney with Father Mike McDermott officiating. No Wake or Rosary services are planned. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, NE alongside her husband Lee and near her parents. Services will be recorded and available on our website for viewing. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Wednesday from 1-6:00 P.M. to sign Rudell’s register book and leave condolences for the family. You may view Rudell’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Rudell’s care and funeral arrangements.
Memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Rummage House, P.O. Box 99, Sidney, NE 69162.
Rudell Ann Short was born in Sidney, NE on March 31, 1926, and resided in Sidney until moving to Lincoln in 2010 to live with her daughter Kim and near her daughter Carla until her death. She died peacefully in the presence of family. Her parents were Clarence Short, born in Mississippi, and Anne Roth, born in Sidney. Clarence rode his motorcycle from his home in Texas to accept a job as a barber in Sidney, where he met and married Anne.
Rudell graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Sidney. In her early adulthood she worked as an usher at the Fox movie theater and later as a clerk at the Cheyenne County Treasurer's Office. On October 2, 1954, she married Lee Stormberg of Potter, NE at St. Patrick’s Church in Sidney. Lee and Rudell resided in Sidney and farmed in northeastern Colorado near Akron with their four children. In 1964 they purchased a farm east of Sidney and the family lived and farmed there. Rudell served as a den mother when sons David and John were Cub Scouts, and both parents were avid supporters of school sports. She was a faithful member of the St. Patrick’s community, where she sang for many years in the church choir. When Lee and Rudell retired, they moved into town and Rudell continued her involvement with St. Patrick’s Church, helping to organize and serve funeral dinners, volunteering at the Rummage House, and participating in the Legion of Mary.
Rudell was predeceased by her husband Lee in 1985, her brother Jerome Short, and sister June Gillig (Short). She will be dearly missed by those surviving: her four children David Stormberg and his wife Lani Nicholson; Kim Stormberg; Carla Stormberg and her partner Betty Levitov; and John Stormberg and his wife Erin Ray; her two grandchildren Rebecca Stormberg and Matthew Stormberg, children of David and Lani; and by nieces and nephews Steve Gillig, Julie Dodge (Gillig), and Kent Gillig, children of Fred Gillig and June Gillig (Short); sisters-in-law Maxine Wilt (Stormberg) and Rosalie Stormberg; as well as numerous nephews and nieces on Lee’s side.
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