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Sheila Pille

October 19, 1926May 15, 2019
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Pille, Sheila aged 92 passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019. Sheila was born on October 19, 1926 in Brisbane Australia. She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur and sons, Brian and James as well as daughters-in-law Susan and Mary and son-in-law Larry Feldhacker and grandchildren Peter White, Jace Collins. She is survived by her children Joe (Ft Pierce, FL) Julie & Jim McCabe (Omaha), Kevin (Blair), Charles & Betty (Lincoln), Vince & Cindy (Ashland) Ed & Therese (Omaha), Mary White (Lincoln), Neil & Gigi (Springfield, MO) Anne & Scott Riha (Louisville) and Lyle &Teresa (Oakland, NE) in addition to her siblings Brian Bourke, Clair Bourke, Margaret Thorogood, Pat Gledhill (John) all of Brisbane. Her grandchildren include Kirsten & Ty Dimeff, Jenny & Chris Collins, Laura Feldhacker, Dan Feldhacker, Keith & Rebecca Pille, Sarah & Scott Schmidt, Anna Pille, Allen Pille, Evan & Alexa Pille, Janae & Jim Robinson, Celeste Pille, Gretchen Pille and Grant Pille, Kristin & Heath Epperson, Erin Pille, Ian Pille, Andrew Pille, Jaisean Pille, Chakira Pille, Greg & Hannah White, Margaret White, Alex White, Arthur Pille, Avinash Pille, Sarah Riha, Lily Riha. Ellen & David Eriksen, Sean & Hollie Pille, Elizabeth & Bryan Dunn, Shannon Pille, Grace Pille and Jack Pille. Her great grandchildren are Kelsey and Shane Dimeff, Gavin, Kaylie, and Maggie Collins, Aliyiah and Brianna Canterbury, Edie and Willa Robinson, Allie, Luke, Levi and Kate Epperson, Oliver White, Ainsley and Drake Eriksen. Sheila's older siblings Brian Bourke, Clair Bourke, and younger siblings Margaret Thorogood and Pat Gledhill (John) all of Brisbane survive her as well as in-laws Grace Mueggenberg, Ray Pille, and Wilbur Manor and generations of nieces, nephews.

Sheila (Bourke) Pille was the middle of five children. She met Arthur Pille while he was stationed in Australia serving the Army Air Corp during World War II. They married in Australia and had three children there- Brian, James and Joe. She emigrated to the Marshalltown, Iowa area in 1946. Sheila and Art moved from Iowa where Julie and Kevin were born to Blair in 1956 where Charles, Vince, Ed, Mary, Neil, Anne and Lyle were born. She became a US citizen on December 10, 1958.

She lived a very full life being the most loving child, sister, wife, mom, grandma, aunt and friend, touching so many lives. Sheila was a very active volunteer in the Blair and Papillion Communities. In Blair Sheila was a member of TOPS NE222 for over 50 years and the Grange and a 4-H club leader for many years. She directed the choir, played the organ and was part of the Altar Society for St Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Sheila served as a School Board member and Blair Band Booster, chaperoning many band trips over the years. Shelia was awarded lifetime PTA membership. She was involved with the Blair Community Theatre, Omaha Community Playhouse, Theatre Arts Guild, Papillion LaVista Community Theatre, Lofte Community Theatre and many school theatre programs whether serving on the board, acting, singing, dancing, sewing costumes, or finding properties and helping with sets. Sheila worked as a school bus driver, daycare provider and seamstress before becoming the secretary to the Washington County Attorney and later to the president of Dana College next in Cardiology at UNMC. She retired from Mutual of Omaha Creative Services in 1993 moving to Papillion soon after. There she played the piano at many nursing homes, knitted prayer shawls for St Columbkille Parish, continued sewing, and was a founding member of the Papillion Burger Belles.

Whether you knew her as Sheila, Mom, Grandma, Auntie, or Mrs. Pille, we know you share in our grief and are comforted that she is in heaven.

VISITATION: 5-8 pm Monday, May 20 at Crosby Funeral Home 119 & Center in Omaha with Rosary at 7 pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10 am Tuesday at St Columbkille in Papillion, with luncheon immediately following. GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 2 pm at the Blair Cemetery. Memorials to Retirement Fund for Religious, Royal Family Kids Camp- Lancaster county, Blair Community Schools Foundation or the Lofte Community Theatre.


  • Kevin Pille, Pallbearer
  • Charles Pille, Pallbearer
  • Vince Pille, Pallbearer
  • Ed Pille, Pallbearer
  • Neil Pille, Pallbearer
  • Lyle Pille, Pallbearer
  • Joe Pille, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Vigil Service Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 21, 2019


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May 23, 2019

I just found out today that Sheila passed away. I am very sorry to hear the news. I worked with Sheila for years at Mutual of Omaha. She truly was the nicest lady and gave me great advice as I grew up. She will be missed.

Pat Gledhill

May 21, 2019

Our beloved Sister, Sister-in-law and Aunt Sheila was a wonderful woman who was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. We all have precious memories of her that we hold dear.
To say Sheila was a larger than life character would be an understatement. Hope the angels have a good supply of vegemite!

Anna Bourke

May 20, 2019

My beloved aunt Sheila was all the good aspects of humanity you could want, neatly packaged in one earthly body. But the extra special thing about Sheila was her sense of fun and constant merriment. Every time Sheila and family and friends visited Australia, it was like a travelling troupe of party funsters just hit town! Sheila would have as much enjoyment as was possible and connect with all the extended family.
Know that Sheila’s life was well lived, she loved and was loved and she has left a fabulous and enduring legacy in the form of her children and grandchildren.
My memories of Sheila are always fond. May she Rest In Peace.

Ramonyca Brown

May 18, 2019

Our family was friends with their family until we moved in 1964. Sheila was a wonderful mother and even to us neighbor kids. Such good childhood memories. Rest In Peace dear angel! Say hi to Mom and Dad for me. Sympathies to Julie and the family!

Bill Ekeler

May 17, 2019

Wonderful woman and will be missed.

Joanne Hansen

May 17, 2019

I am blessed to have known Sheila through Blair Community Theater. I always remember her as a vivacious and generous person. She raised a beautiful and talented family. I send my deepest condolences.

Peggy Young

May 17, 2019

Sheila and I were in a bridge club together for many years, and the members shared so many funny and poignant memories. The eight of us each had large families of children and we vowed we could never travel in a car together because so many young lives depended on us. One time I inadvertently went to her home for bridge a week early. Sheila just took the visit in stride, we enjoyed a cup of tea, I still remember the little knitted cozy over her teapot. Next she gave me a lesson in knitting. That was challenging, as she was left-handed. I did actually complete the project, never to knit again, however! She could turn an average day into a gem! God bless you, Sheila, may the wind be at your back! Peggy Young

Brent Rolland

May 17, 2019

I have always considered myself extremely fortunate to have known "Mrs. Pille" and her family throughout my high school years. A supporter of local sports, the arts, and the school (anything her kids were involved in!) - you could always count on her to be there and give you encouragement. She even connected me with her sister when I traveled to Australia after college. My condolences to her family.

Lucie Case

May 16, 2019

I feel so incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with Sheila. She was quite an amazing woman. Always kind, funny, so happy. She will be greatly missed.