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United Way of the Midlands President & CEO Passes Away

United Way of the Midlands President and CEO Karen Bricklemyer died Monday July 28, 2014 at Creighton University Medical Center. The 47-year old Bricklemyer was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday, July 22nd with an aortic dissection. The hospital carried out her wishes to donate her organs within the past two days.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1 at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific Street in Omaha, with a reception to follow at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center at 6705 Dodge St. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 2 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the West Center Chapel of Heafey-Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries, 7805 West Center Road.

She is survived by her husband, J.B. Bricklemyer, and twin daughters Hannah and Emma. J.B. Bricklemyer is in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and has a consulting business. She is also survived by her parents, Fred and Judy Garner, her older siblings, John Garner and Liz Garner Carnucci, nieces, nephews and an aunt.

Karen Bricklemyer was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Because of her father’s position as a Navy captain, the family lived in communities up and down the East Coast of the U.S.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to the Karen G. Bricklemyer Endowment at United Way of the Midlands. The funding will be directed to community change.

A memorial service will be held in Gainesville, FL on Sunday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653.

Karen donated her organs to do, in death, what she always strived to do in life – make the lives of those around her better by giving everything she could.  Her gift will help at least 60 people.