Ernestine Jeanette Ortiz-Ventura

Ortiz-Ventura, Ernestine Jeanette 

  June 6, 1961 ~ December 27, 2017

Age 56


Ernestine Jeanette Ortiz-Ventura was married to Edward T. Ventura Jr. for 22 years. She is the mother of their only child Edward III. She was born on June 6, 1961 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and passed away on December 27, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.

She chatted or texted with her son every chance she could get. She prayed for Edward III daily and was proud of his social media accomplishments. She always said, ”I love you forever, my baby you’ll be,” a quote from author Robert Munsch. She loved the man he has become and relished the relationship between him and Abigail Sorensen.

Ernestine met her future husband during his last year of college at New Mexico Highlands University while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. He proposed to her while riding a float in the city’s Fourth of July Parade. They were married on June 10, 1995 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, NM.

She is preceded in death by her parents Candido & Cruzita Ortiz and her brother Leroy (Frances) Ortiz along with her father-in-law Edward Ventura Sr. Her nephews Daniel Solano, Damian Lucero, Jordan Ortega and Nathaniel Montaño also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her siblings: Joe (Priscilla) Ortiz; Lorraine (Orlando) Ramirez; Dr. Raymond (Michelle) Ortiz; Isabel (Ben) Ortega; Benny (Julia) Ortiz; James (Arlene) Ortiz; John (Velma) Ortiz; Diane Garcia; Candido Ortiz Jr.; Andrea Martinez; Tommie Ortiz along with many nephews and nieces.

She is the godmother of Jazmyne Boner, Matthew Keith Sedillos, Hasan Sannoufi, Crystal Gill, Makaio Alcuran, Joshua Jones and Gabriel Montaño. She was the confirmation sponsor for Janice Ortiz and Stephanie Ramirez.

She retired from teaching in June 2017 having taught at Gomez Heritage and Castelar elementary schools in the Omaha Public Schools and was a K-8 teacher and Bilingual Director for the West Las Vegas School District (Las Vegas, NM). She was a substitute teacher for OPS before her death.

She was a lector and usher at St. Mary’s in Bellevue, Nebraska. She was active in the Nebraska State Education Association and the Omaha Education Association. She was also active in local politics.

She was loved by many family and friends near and far — neighbors, union brothers & sisters, her students, her coworkers and leadership teams. She greeted everyone with a smile and loved to banter with everyone.

Reception of Friends:  5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018 with

WAKE SERVICE at 7 p.m.  at St. Mary Catholic Church, 2302 Crawford Street, Bellevue

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church

Interment:  St. John Cemetery, 7506 South 36th Street, Bellevue

Memorials will be directed by the family


  • Teresa and Walt Hollars Posted December 29, 2017 12:49 am

    Ed and family, our hearts go out to you. We carry all of you in our prayers for comfort and strength.

  • Janis N Elliott Posted December 29, 2017 8:50 am

    Ernestine, you will be missed by so many. You shine bright in our hearts and the lives of those you touched.

  • Jennifer Wiehe Posted December 29, 2017 10:05 am

    My thoughts and abundant prayers are with You, Eddie, & your family at this time of great loss. Ernestine was a beautiful person, & will be greatly missed. May you all find comfort and everlasting joy in sharing the wonderful memories you made together. In love and sympathy, Jennie Wiehe

  • Deb Rasmussen Posted December 29, 2017 11:13 am

    Thoughts and prayers! Ernestine was wonderful in every way and I will miss her smile, wit, dedication and energy!

  • Stanley Croft Posted December 29, 2017 11:25 am

    Thinking of you and praying for your family at this difficult time. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your wife, Ernestine.

  • Morgan Knobbe Posted December 29, 2017 11:34 am

    I’m very sad to hear about the passing of Ernestine. I taught with her at Gomez, she was a great teacher and person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  • Judi Tapp Posted December 29, 2017 1:41 pm

    I am so sorry to Jesse and the Gomez family. She was a very spirited person. This is sad news to us all?

  • Christine Jurgens Posted December 30, 2017 12:30 am

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Ernestine was one of a kind and will be missed greatly.


  • Kim Gardiner Posted December 31, 2017 2:38 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Beth Rosenquist Posted December 31, 2017 5:33 pm

    Eddie & family- I remember working with Ernestine @ Castelar, & joining your family for Ed’s communion. She will be missed & your family in my prayers.

  • Frank Ramirez Posted January 2, 2018 10:07 am

    I miss her dearly and daily. Our bond will never be broken!!!

  • Tommie ‘tome’ and Taylor ortiz Posted January 2, 2018 10:29 am

    My deepest condolences Eddo and litttle edddy love you always

  • Melissa, Ryan & Kyle Posted January 2, 2018 10:34 am

    We would like to offer Eddie Jr, Eddie III, and family our deepest condolences. Intestine will always hold a special place in our hearts!! She was such a Happy, loving, smart woman. May she rest in peace and May you all know that the Lord has a plan for us all. It’s often hard for us to understand but know that you will see her again. Love and prayer ?

  • Anthony Ramirez Posted January 2, 2018 10:36 am

    Our hearts hurt with you Uncke Eddie. Prayers and strength for you and your son. Rest In Peace Auntie. Seeing you laughing and smiling at your retirement party will always be in our heart and memories. We love you guys.

  • Taralyn Brown Posted January 2, 2018 10:44 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a bright and spicy light that was kind to all. She will be missed. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Carol Weidner Posted January 2, 2018 10:49 am

    Thoughts and prayers to those lucky enough to know her and will miss her with broken hearts. Hugs

  • Uncle Greg and Aunt Sandra Ramirez Posted January 2, 2018 10:52 am

    In our hearts and minds forever Ernestine Jeanette. A piece of my heart is broken, gone too soon… Jeanette your light will continue in Heaven, and niece itthat light will shine upon; and comfort those you love. Ed and Edward, our condolences and prayers: she loves you both so much, and will continue to love you from heaven above, this I know as a Mother. She will always be with you in your heart. Love to you Ed, Edward and our Jeanette.

  • Lynne Elwood Posted January 2, 2018 10:53 am

    Thinking of you Eddie and your family. I am happy that Ernestine crossed my path in life this past year and will miss her cheerfulness and positive attitude. God bless you.

  • Monica Wynne Posted January 2, 2018 11:49 am

    Ed and Ernestine always together fighting the good fight; Ed it will be a challenge seeing you fly with one wing since you and Ernestine were inseparable souls like the bald eagles who mate for life, yet I know with God’s help everything is possible ??❤️✝️

  • KJ Alcuran Posted January 2, 2018 12:51 pm

    Eddie, she is sorely missed. We love you and we are here to listen if you need it.

  • Jeanette and Jake Yara Posted January 2, 2018 1:06 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers for Jeanette and family. She was an amazing friend and coworker. May she rest in eternal peace.

  • Leah Conley Posted January 2, 2018 1:16 pm

    Edward, I’m so sorry to hear about Ernestine! You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lisa Fricke Posted January 2, 2018 1:24 pm

    I will miss her beautiful smile, loving heart, and her contagious laughter. Be at peace … ❤️ Lisa Fricke

  • John Campin Posted January 2, 2018 1:27 pm

    Gomez Heritage was very fortunate to have such a positive role model for the students and families. Ernestine loved teaching and being around people. Ernestine is a Timberwolf forever!

  • Michelle and Adrian Gonzales and Adriana Posted January 2, 2018 2:30 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the Family. May you rest in Paradise! From your cousins in Las Vegas, NM

  • Jenni and Mike Benson Posted January 2, 2018 2:53 pm

    I can remember Ernestine always making us laugh. Her spirit and joy could be felt wherever she was. We can all hope we leave such a good impression on the world as Ernestine did.

  • Mike Schaffart Posted January 2, 2018 2:58 pm

    Ed and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know we will keep her in thought and prayers. I hope you are able to reflect on may happy memories you had together and that it gives you comfort.

  • Marydolores Gomez (Gray) Posted January 2, 2018 3:16 pm

    It breaks my heart that the Lord has taken another angel home. Ernestine was such a lovely person, I remember the smile and her witty humor. She always was on board to help out where she could. May the Lord comfort her family. Ernestine will remain in your heart and the memories of her will get you thru this difficult time. I will pray for the family and Ernestine’s soul, may she be united into Gods’ kingdom. 🙁 Fly with the angels as they lead your to paradise}

  • Joe and Kathy Duran Posted January 2, 2018 3:18 pm

    Edward and family our hearts hurt for you. We are truly sorry for your loss.May God give you peace and strength through this very diffucult time.

  • Lorrie Krejci Posted January 2, 2018 5:29 pm

    Eddie, Ernestine was a bright light every where. He smile and laughter will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts.

  • Indra Booker Posted January 2, 2018 10:42 pm

    Mrs. Ventura,
    You will truly be missed.
    To the family of Mrs. Ventura ,
    My prayers go out out to you for she was a great person. I’m very thankful to have had her in my corner at Gomez Heritage.

  • Dennis and Joan Guinane Posted January 2, 2018 11:46 pm

    Our condolences on the passing of your wife, Eddie, your wife always treated us kindly while at Church and we will miss her, as we know you will also.

  • Kathy Poehling Posted January 3, 2018 5:04 pm

    I will always remember Ernestine for being kind to me while I was student teaching. I will miss her witty sarcasm and smiling face.

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