Lauren Marie Celesky
Date of Birth
April 26, 1993
Omaha, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
April 21, 2020
Ceresco, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, April 25, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m. (Family Only)
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at St. Francis Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary

Friday, April 24, 2020
Visitation ~ No Visitation Hours
Rosary (Family Only) ~ 6:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


Lauren had a great love of children, so memorials can be directed to the family for future designation of a children’s charity.

*Due to COVID-19:  The Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will stream live on the Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.  The Rosary and Mass will only be available for the immediate family.

Lauren Marie Celesky, 26, of rural Ceresco, NE, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home in rural Ceresco, NE.  She was born April 26, 1993 in Omaha, NE to Mark and Lori (Rodis) Celesky.  Lauren graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in 2011 and later graduated from UNL with a degree in elementary and special education.

Recently, Lauren managed the Swimtastic Swim School in West Omaha and she was a past 3rd grade teacher at St. John The Apostle Catholic School in Lincoln.  Lauren’s love of children went beyond the classroom by mentoring at St. John’s through “Girls On the Run”.  She also could be found at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, participating in shows with her father and managing the pony rides.  Lauren enjoyed music, attending concerts and singing.  She was very creative and she loved art.  Most of all she loved her family and her dog, Scarlett.

She is survived by her parents, Mark and Lori Celesky; siblings, Lindsey Celesky, John Celesky, Lara Celesky and Hunter Celesky; grandmother, Betty Celesky; uncles and aunts, Diane Celesky, Tom and Marla Rodis, Denise and Gerald Arnold, Ralph and Paula Day and Rodger and Susan Brown; as well as many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, John Celesky, Tom and Jeannette Rodis; cousin, Erin Keeler.

A celebration of life will be held by Lauren’s family at a later date.



Condolences for Lauren Marie Celesky
  1. Jane Gundvaldson
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Wayne and I are so sorry and send love and prayers to you all. Words cannot express our feelings of sadness. Prayers, Jane and Wayne

  2. Joyce
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    My deepest sympathy. May the Lord comfort you and bring Peace to your hearts. Joyce Lanik

  3. Rick Palmer and Family
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    May God shower the family with the same love they share with community and friends! I trust that Heaven needed Lauren at this time and all will be united again in the kingdom. Many Blessings.

  4. Shaun Steckelberg
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    I am very sorry for your loss Lori. I know the pain you and your family are feeling must be unbearable. I hope with time some of the pain you and your family have will subside.
    Shaun Steckelberg

  5. Mary Anderson
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori and family, my heart breaks for you. I hope you find comfort in the happy memories of Lauren.

  6. Duane & Deb Benes
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Mark, Lori and family,
    We are soooo sorry to here of Lauren’s passing. Be certain that she is no longer in pain and in the loving arms of our Lord! Her physical body is gone but her soul will live on forever in your hearts! We love you and are continuing to praying for you all every day.
    Duane and Deb Benes

  7. Ray & Jane Otto
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Jane and I want to share our condolences with the Celesky Family! Love, sympathy, and prayers are certainly coming your way!

  8. Kim Jorgensen
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Mark and Lori, we just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lauren was a beautiful young woman with a special gift for working with children. She will be missed. Love, Kim Jorgensen and Family

  9. Erin Houseton
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers! -erin

  10. Mark and Lori, We are so sorry that Lauren’s battle came to an end this way, but we know that you all trust in Gods plan and know that “His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts.” As the days and years unfold, we hope you are all comforted by knowing that if you watch for it, He will reveal to you why He took her from us so soon. We are praying for each and every one of you, that He will pour out His peace and love, and give you glimpses of Lauren every day. We know she impacted far more people in her not quite 27 years than most people do in 90. Thank you for being amazing parents, and for raising these incredible kids! They are all changing the world in their own way. Love, hugs and prayers dear friends. We can’t wait to hug you! See you all as soon as we’re allowed!

  11. Debbie Iiams
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the anguish. I hope your memories and that she is no longer in pain bring you consolation. Still praying for you and sending virtual hugs!

  12. Lori Matulka
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori, I am SO sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter. May God bring you all comfort and strength in the days ahead. I will keep you in my prayers. 💔

  13. Mary
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. Lauren was such a sweet heart. She was always happy and kind. She will be greatly missed.

  14. Rodell & Karen Plybon
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Celesky family.

  15. Heidi Bonine
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    On behalf of the Bonine family, our sincere condolences to the Celesky family. Lauren had a beautiful spirit and will be missed by all. My you find peace in knowing she was loved by many.

  16. sandra schneideer
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    My sincere sympathy to all of the Lauren Celesky family
    May the Lord god almighty wrap his tender arms around you and give you peace and understanding at this very difficult time. Prayers

  17. Jenna Garcia
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    We were blessed to meet Lauren at Swimtastic when she was managing the location in Southwest Omaha. She was always such a happy and bright person when welcoming us through the doors. She went above and beyond by getting to know us personally and all of the other families as well while interacting with her weekly. One of the last times I spoke with her was about myself taking swimming lessons as an adult. She was so encouraging even with the fear I told her I had. I had planned on seeing if she would be able to teach me, as I felt so comfortable with her. The world lost an amazing person but she will forever be remembered. I’m so sorry for the loss that her family and friends are dealing with at this time. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Brad and Kelley Becker
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Our deepest sympathies to the Celesky family. This is such a tragic loss. You have all been in our hearts and minds this past few days. Please know we are thinking of you, praying for you, and grieving with you during this very difficult time. Brad and Kelley Becker

  19. Trish Roze & Dan Partridge
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Mark, Lori, Lindsey, John, Lara, Hunter- I am heartbroken over Lauren’s passing. We only knew her for a short time but we will always remember her beautiful smile, her strength and love.Most of all we’ll remember how happy she made Taylor. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Taylor Backes
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    So sorry for your loss! I had the pleasure of working with Lauren at Swimtastic. She was always so sweet and a light for our swim school. She will be deeply missed! Prayers for your family during this difficult time!

  21. Allyn Fujan
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lauren was one of our son’s VERY FIRST swim teachers at Swimtastic in Lincoln! She was one of our absolute FAVORITES! She was so patient, yet she knew how to comfortably push kiddos so they would make progress with their swim safety! Many prayers for all of Lauren’s family! She was a true gem!

  22. Mary Privett
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Celesky family, know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this trial. Lauren most definitely left her mark on the world. Yours is sincerely one of the most beautiful families I know and because of that, you will get through this. She is still here in spirit. Love and prayers to your family. ❤️

  23. Annette Wiegert
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Mark and Lori, So sorry to hear about Lauren, Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  24. Betty Cloyed
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    My deepest sympathies to the Celesky family. I remember her in high school mostly in show choir with my boys. I cannot imagine. Prayers of peace lifting all of you in your time of need.

  25. Deb heyen
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She will be greatly missed .

  26. Luke Conzemius & Family
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori and Family – We send our deepest condolences to all of you in this time of unimaginable loss. Our daughter, Kate, had gotten to know Lauren a bit when she took lessons at Swimtastic. She will be missed by all of the people that she made an impression on during her time with us.

  27. • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    God Blessed all of us with the time we had to meet your dear beautiful daughter ‘.Now she has passed to a far lovlier home than here on earth’ I know God gave her TO one of the sweetest FAMILIES here anD now SHE IS ”’ ABIDING with the otheR ANGELS IN hEAVEN ‘oUR HEARTS ACHE FOR YOU. Will see you soon if we can. Hope God is holding you close in His Promises to reunite you all together one day LOVE YOU EACH SO MUCH

  28. Tom, Marla, Amara, Aleah Rodis
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lauren was made in God’s image. God’s light shinned through Lauren. God had Lauren in his plans. All the children she connected with will have a lasting impression of Lauren. We have faith that we will see Lauren again at God’s pony rides park in Heaven surrounded by children and animals.

  29. Jennifer & Leo Villotta
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    I am so sorry about Lauren’s passing. Lauren was a friend to all and the kindest woman I know. Lauren’s spirit will live on in all those who loved her. You Are in My thoughts and prayers.

  30. Michele Whitcomb
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Dear Mark, Lori and Family,
    I had the wonderful opportunity to see Lauren during the Vala’s season. That is where I came to deeply know your amazing, beautiful, passionate daughter. She truly blessed us so much more that we could ever bless her. With a broken heart 💔 I celebrate the legacy she left wherever she went. Thank you for raising such a fabulous daughter! She left an imprint on all of our lives.

  31. Shawn Rudeen
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    To Lauren’s family,
    Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are aching for you all. We only knew Lauren clear back in the “Barb” days. But we’ve always known you have a especially great family with very kind and caring parents. Thinking of you all, holding you close in our hearts.
    Doug and Shawn Rudeen

  32. Bohnenkamp Family
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    My condolences to the family and friends of Lauren. From the first time I met her I could see the beauty and compassion of her heart and spirit. She will forever have a place our families hearts. May God Bless you all and bring comfort to you. LOVE YOU LAUREN!

  33. Lee Ann Jones
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Celesky family,
    Thoughts and prayers to you all. Lauren was a wonderful example of a loving person. Lauren’s smile and love will show through all the children she touched and those who knew her. God Bless.

  34. Sandy
    • April 23, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Mark and family,
    May your memories bring you comfort.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Sandy and Gretchen Hover

  35. Vanessa Mitera and Family
    • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori and Family we are sending you all our love and prayers.

  36. Steve and Angela Foxcroft
    • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    The beautiful photo captures the essence of Lauren so well. May she Rest in Eternal Peace. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go to the entire Celesky family.

  37. Desarie Henry
    • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lori and family,
    I am so incredibly heartbroken for you in the loss of your precious girl. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love you Lori!!

  38. • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Dear Lori, Mark, and sweet cousins,

    The Cikota’s are with you in each and every step dealing with such pain. We pray, we hope, and we wish for the handling of such sorrow.
    God Bless our family

  39. Michelle Flowers-Koraleski
    • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    God bless you, Lauren!!! Praying for your family & friends. You’ve touched so many lives & will be deeply missed by your Swimtastic co-workers & students. ❤️

  40. • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Lauren, I know you are resting in Mother Mary and Jesus’ arms. Our loving father brought you home to be with our eternal family. You were so loved by all. You showed so much love to your brothers and Sisters on Earth. Your parents did everything they could while on Earth and now you share your Heavenly journeywith all who knew and loved yoou so much. That angelic smile will light up the stars even brighter Please watch over all of us.

  41. Barb & Jerry Burklund
    • April 24, 2020 - 1 month ago

    May God Bless you and keep you close to him. Praying for your family.

  42. Michelle Fink
    • April 25, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Mark, Lori and family. Our hearts ache deeply for you all and we extend our sincere sympathies for your loss. Lauren was genuinely beautiful inside and out. All were blessed knowing her. Our love and prayers … Michelle and Dan Fink

  43. Mary CreMeens
    • April 25, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Beautiful Rosary & Mass Service! With love & prayers together with Mark & Lori and the Family at this time. Be Strong! Your Cousin, Mary Margaret (and also, Son, Josef) CreMeens

  44. Bob Cremeens
    • April 25, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Really sorry to hear about Lauren, with deepest sympathy.

    Bob & Cynthia Cremeens

  45. Gerrie and Dale Eddy
    • April 26, 2020 - 1 month ago

    We send our sympathies to the family of Lauren. She was a beautiful girl with a beautiful personality loving children. Our daughter and son-in-law Kristen and Justin Null were great friends of her. They met her at a concert and keep in touch after that. My husband and I saw her last Christmas at Xmas program at at the Berean Church. She asked for prayer and our study class from our church sent her a card. May God bless you each one at the difficult time. Dale and Gerrie Eddy.

  46. Gary Riggs
    • April 27, 2020 - 1 month ago

    I am so sorry. All prayers for your family.

  47. Stephanie Boling
    • April 29, 2020 - 1 month ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. All of you have been a blessing to me and I love seeing everyone each year at Vala’s. I wish you the best in this trying time and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  48. Jim & Teresa Belter
    • May 1, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Deepest sympathies to Lauren’s family and friends. Our niece and Lauren taught together in Lincoln where they became friends. I came to know her story when Stephany came to me when Lauren got diagnosed. Since I am a cancer survivor she thought I might help by adding Lauren to our prayer chain. I’m sure she was welcomed with open arms by her heavenly father. I hope He will give you peace and your friends and family comfort you in this difficult time.
    God Bless you all

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