James "Jim" J. Spitalnick
March 25, 1937 - July 16, 2021

James "Jim" J. Spitalnick

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James 'Jim' Joseph Spitalnick, age 84, of Hooper, formerly of Omaha, passed away July 16, 2021 at the Hooper Care Center.

Jim was born March 25, 1937, to Charles and Agnes (Dvorak) Spitalnick in Omaha. He grew up in Florence, NE. On April 26, 1957, Jim married Sue Schueler in Omaha NE at Ames Avenue Methodist Church. Jim worked for a local tree trimming company and Moore's Carpet Service for 25 years. In 1961, Jim and Sue bought their little house on Read Street in Omaha. There they built a successful business, Northwest Florist and Nursery and Greenhouse that they had for 50 years. He was the past president of the Nebraska Florist Society. Jim was a very experienced Horticulturist and Landscaper. He could tell the Latin name of any tree, shrub or plant. He loved helping his customers and working side by side with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Jim was very active in the Council Bluffs Kennel Club where he showed his dogs in obedience and agility. Jim and Sue enjoyed traveling and showing their dogs together. When Jim and Sue retired they decided to move to Hooper to be closer to family. Jim enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Edward (Bonnie) Spitalnick, Mary (Charles) Thacker and granddaughter, Misty Bronson.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, of 64 years.
Daughters: Sally Bronson and Susan Fase
Grandchildren: Jessica (Travis) Jones: Jaysin, Keegan, Destany, Lily and Lydia
Ashley (Luke) Kreikemeier: Olivia, Ruby, Alaina and Lucy
James Bronson

The graveside service will be 10:30am, Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Hooper Cemetery, Hooper, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Ludvigsen's Hooper Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Online guestbook at www.hooper-scribner.com

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Graveside Service
Friday, July 23, 2021
Hooper Cemetery
Hooper, NE  68031
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Hooper Cemetery
Hooper, NE  68031


  1. Doug Wilcox
    Jim: I gave you the nickname Grumpa because you could be a grumpy old fart. I loved the way we could give each other so much crap and crow on each other. My kids would just laugh at us. I looked at your family as my second family and have missed you guys so much since you retired. I learned so much from you in the nursery business. I met you when you came to MCC to talk to our landscape classes on plants. We formed a bond that lasted a long long time. I think of your family every time I drive past the nursery. I still have one of the Spring Snow Crabs that I got from you when I bought my house in 1985 and I think of you. Some great advice you would give such as DON'T STAND ON ****** PILE OF DIRT YOUR DIGGING.
    **********. LOVE YA MAN
  2. sally thacker
    sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts are with your family
  3. Rick and debbie Cooley
    Dear Sue and Jim's girls,
    We built our house in 1980 and Jim planned the
    Landscaping. From that time on he became special to us. He always made time for all customers beyond what we were there for. He shared life with us. Such a hard working sweet kind man. We still think of you guys everytime we drive by the nursery. We did not return after you guys sold it. Cant imagine the void you will have with his passing. Oh but what great memories to comfort. This verse reminds us of Jim....proverbs 11:25
    A generous man will prosper; He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Blessings to you all as you begin to do life without Jim's presence.
  4. Laura Stresemann
    This man was one of the smartest funniest people I have ever known. When asked about a weed I remember him quipping without missing a beat oh, that one is physicians weedi. (Doc Weed) You should pull it out. He always had a twinkle in his eye with a story to follow. Uncle Jim will be sorely missed by many.
  5. Dawn Nelson
    So sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. Working at the greenhouse throughout my childhood and teen years are some of my fondest memories. I learned a lot that I still reference today. Thinking of you all in this time of sadness.
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