Jennie Hernandez Herrera

March 30, 1940November 13, 2020

With humble acceptance of God's Divine Will Jennie Herrera, 80, of Mitchell, Nebraska passed away November 13, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving family members. Visitation will be on Thursday November 19, 2020 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Mitchell, Nebraska with a rosary service open to the public at 6 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday November 20, 2020 at 2:00pm at Saint Theresa Catholic Church with Fr. Mike McDonald officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Saint Theresa Catholic Church at 1715 17th St, Mitchell, Nebraska 69357. For those who would like to view the services but are unable to attend due to current health concerns an online streaming of both services will be available via the Dugan Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory facebook page. Online condolences may be left at

Jennie was born March 30, 1940 in Marquez Texas. She is the proud daughter of Dionicia Hernandez and Sebastian Hernandez. She attended Mitchell public schools and graduated in 1958. Moving forward, she would work diligently with her mother to save enough money to attend the Vocational School of Practical Nursing, Alliance, Nebraska graduating in 1960. She would spend 32 years of her professional career at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where she worked the third floor specializing in patient care for patients undergoing cancer treatment and therapy.

Prior to this though, Jennie would marry her husband Francisco Herrera on May 11, 1962. The couple would make their home around the country from Florida to Hawaii as Francisco was in the United States Marine Corps. Tragically, in 1966 SGT Francisco Herrera would be killed in action during the Vietnam War spurring the relocation of Jennie Herrera back home to Mitchell, Nebraska.

Jennie would be comforted by her siblings most of whom made a permanent home for themselves in the area. She is the beloved sibling of George Hernandez, Victor Hernandez, Joe Hernandez, Phillip Hernandez, Louie Hernandez, Raymond Hernandez, Ramona Ramirez, Julia Castillo, Francis Hernandez, Connie Slenker, and Mary Kresha.

She is the beloved mother of Catherine Robertson and James Herrera. She is the grandmother of Joshua Green, Jeremy Herrera-Ruhland, Jordan Herrera, and James Robertson. Last, she is the beloved great grandmother of Austin Svitak, Jesalyn Green, Khemi Green, Bethany McGee, and Samara Green.

Her hobbies included working in her yard, of which she was extremely proud. She would often be seen in prayer groups through her local church. She was an active participant of the Catholic faith and it can easily be stated that her greatest passion was expression of devout belief in Christ. Why is our family so full of comedians? She had the world’s biggest loudest and best laugh and to make her laugh was the joy of anyone’s day.


  • Joel Hernandez, Casket Bearer
  • John Hernandez, Casket Bearer
  • Patrick Castillo, Casket Bearer
  • Jeff Hernandez, Casket Bearer
  • Art Maldonado, Casket Bearer
  • Elliott Castillo, Casket Bearer

  • St. Theresa Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Rosary

    Thursday, November 19, 2020


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, November 20, 2020


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Mona Lisa Shimp

November 27, 2020

My mentor! I was fresh out of nursing school and worked on 3rd floor with Jennie, She taught me so much about being a good nurse! She took me under her wing along with Delores Bordeaux another long time nurse. I swear those two could run that floor alone if need be. I loved her nursing expertise and her kindness, she also had the best laugh! If I was having a challenging day at work she would get right in there and help me keep up. She loved her kids and she loved her family. And she was tough she was a single Mother and she handled that well, I admired her so much. I love and respect you Jennie my dear friend and mentor! Rest well till we meet again friend...

Frances Arsiaga Gallardo

November 20, 2020

Jennie, was a dear friend. She will be greatley missed. I attended school with Jennie and stopped in to visit when I was in thr area.
Always enjoyed our visits. My sincere condolences to the family.

George and Lisa Hernandez

November 20, 2020

Cathy and family,

So very sorry that Aunt Jennie has left us. No words can express our sympathies to the kids and the siblings. We can offer our thoughts and prayers and know that she is in a better place now.
Sadly we are watching online as this virus has made things difficult.

Please know we are praying for your healing.

George and Lisa Hernandez

Matthew Kresha

November 19, 2020

I think almost all my memories of Aunt Jenny take place in her kitchen. Learning family traditions, secrets and english, then mixed with spanish until it melted into the warmth of Jenny's love, punctuated with her laugh, her smile warming up the room, as the smell of fresh tortillas or coffee helped to fill it to bursting.

Her authenticity was contagious, her ferocity that of a guerriera, her sense of humor got you to laugh at yourself and her kindness is still rippling out.

For me she will always be there in her kitchen, with a secret to share conspiratorially in spanglish over something warm and delicious, just like her laugh.

Although my visits were too short with too long of time in between I will miss you Aunt Jenny. Wishing strength, corazon and divine guidance for all my cousins, aunts and uncles as well the rest of the Familia.

Marian Ellwanger

November 19, 2020

I will miss my Aunt Jennie and cherish all the memories and conversations we have shared throughout the years. Aunt Jennie was a "giver". She was always helping others and rarely asked others for help. She was vital in keeping communication open on what all the other relatives were doing and I appreciated that. She loved all of us enormously and deserves much appreciation and respect. I will miss her dearly ...

May God welcome Jennie with open arms and may He provide comfort to Cathy and all the relatives who will miss her.

Ernestine Olson

November 19, 2020

Jennie was one of the nicest people I have known. She was such a great LPN on 3rd floor at RWMC and cared so much for everyone. I always enjoyed her stories and her laugh was contagious. No one worked more diligently than Jennie. She blessed so many lives.

Becky Nerud (Hammack)

November 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Jenny many years ago when she was an LPN at Regional West Medical Center. Jenny was a hard worker and one of the best nurses I ever had the pleasure of working with. Her compassion for her patients was evident. Even though I lost touch with her when she retired, I never forgot those years that she worked at the hospital. My deepest condolences go out to her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

David Lashley

November 18, 2020

Jennie was a great friend to my mom, Joan Lashley. I know that she has always seen Jennie as one of her closest confidants. Our family is so thankful for Jennie being in her life.

Jonathan Kresha

November 17, 2020

One of my earliest memories from early childhood is of Aunt Jenny going on a walk with me in Abilene, Texas. We walked down to the Safe Way grocery store and back and I remember being impressed at how good a listener she was. I have no idea what I was babbling on about, but she nodded her head, smiled and said, "I see! Uh huh. I see!"
My other fondest memory is of visiting her home in the 2000's when I was in my 20's. I asked her to show me how to make tortillas and without hesitating, she invited me into her kitchen and proceeded to share her recipe, which was measured in her own special way: Add "so many in handfuls" of flour, "so many 3-fingered scoops" of shortening and so many pinches of salt and baking powder. I still like to keep my measuring cups clean and make bread/tortillas by using the Jenny way.
I didn't see Jenny very often growing up but she will always occupy a special place as someone who spoke honestly and loved deeply. Love, Jonathan

Christine Baker

November 17, 2020

I starting working on 3rd floor in 1995 as a new grad RN. I learned so much from Jennie! She was an impressive LPN who I loved being teamed with. She also taught me how to make flour tortillas and we made enchiladas at her home. I adored her very much. She will be missed. Prayers to her family.


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