Joseph C. Byrne

Joseph Byrne

Joseph C. Byrne, age 86, of Brookfield, IL; formerly of Omaha, NE.  Beloved husband of  Eleanor Byrne, nee Engle; loving father of Carey (Ernest Newmann) Byrne and the late Eric Byrne; grandfather of Andrew Newmann and Sarah Newmann; brother of the late Jack Byrne; uncle of Daniel, Timothy and Kivi; cousin to many.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 1 P.M. to time of Service 3 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL  60513

A viewing will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuaries,  7805 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124.  A graveside service and burial will immediately follow at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Omaha, NE.

A live stream of the Service at Hitzeman Funeral Home will be available to view at If you are unable to participate during the live stream, a recording will be available to be viewed by Friday and downloaded at the same link.

Memorials appreciated to Omaha Central High School Foundation in Memory of Joseph C. Byrne; 1111 N. 13th Street, Suite 318, Omaha, NE  68102. (Clickable) 

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  1. Jack D. Seefus condolence:

    Dear Eleanor and Carey….
    Thank you for sharing with me the last few weeks of Joe’s life. His recent Facebook call to me will always be in my mind and heart. It mean’t so much to both of us. Joe was one of my oldest friends even prior to our High School days. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for you, but that too will pass. My warmest wishes for happiness to return to your lives, Love, Jack

  2. Jack Kubat condolence:

    Dear Eleanor and Carey, It’s been a privilege and an honor, sadly, to share your news in recent days, about Joe’s last days. I was blessed to speak briefly with Joe, a couple of weeks ago. His mood then still displayed the uniquely dynamic intelligence and personality that made him the kind, energetic, unselfish and accomplished friend to many that he was. Like you, Eleanor, Joe have been my dear friends for many years. He will be sorely and widely missed. Take comfort from each other and from good memories. Love, Jack

  3. Mary Lou Hawkins (Clausen) condolence:

    Dear Eleanor & Carey, thank you for sharing the details of Joe’s last days with so much love and insight. I will always be grateful for all the work he put into keeping all of us together and informed. Eleanor, I hope you have found a way to experience some level of peace in the recent days. Hope it helps to know that Joe and you have always been two of my very favorite people in the whole world! Mary lou

  4. Joe Jackson condolence:

    Joe Byrne checked all the boxes and more of what I look for in a friend. Lucky for him he had Eleanor, also a friend. So glad to have met both while RVing in south Texas. What a special guy. Such fond memories.

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