Sigrid Festersen of Omaha is remembered for her community service and her love of sailing | Local News

Sigrid Festersen’s love for her community is cemented in the legacy she left behind.

A champion of racial integration, Festersen ran for the Omaha public school board in the 1970s and served as an officer on the district’s desegregation committee, according to her family.

She has advocated for women’s rights through her work with the Omaha Mayor’s Commission for Women and served as secretary and treasurer of a number of nonprofits and parent organizations. of students.

“She really loved her community,” said Festersen’s son, Pete Festersen, who is president of the Omaha City Council.

The mother of three and grandmother of five died on September 1, weeks before her 82nd birthday.

A “product of Nebraska,” Festersen was born on Grand Island and graduated from Omaha North High School, where she played violin and basketball. She attended Graceland College in Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English.

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She taught English and composition at Omaha Westside High School and studied for a year at Creighton Law School before becoming a paralegal and accountant for her husband Paul Festersen’s law firm.

Paul and Sigrid were married for 28 years before Paul died in 1995. Together they raised three children, Anneliese Crawford, Pete Festersen and Else Festersen.

The couple passed on their love of sailing to their children. They competed in a 15 foot sailboat called a snipe locally and nationally.

Festersen is predeceased by her husband and brother, Admiral Charles “Chuck” Larson.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Peter, Andrew and Daniel Crawford; and Anna and Caroline Festersen.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave. A live stream of the memorial service can be viewed at www.heafeyheafey.com. Memorials are suggested at Dundee Presbyterian Church, Lake Manawa Sailing Association or Ak-Sar-Ben Curling Club.

Festersen has been many things throughout her life – a teacher, community advocate, competitive sailboat racer, curler, paralegal, musician, mother and grandmother.

But to her family, she was simply “the kindest, sweetest, most genuine person I know,” Pete Festersen said.

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