Nancy Hornstein

Nancy Hornstein

1941 - 2023

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Obituary of Nancy Hornstein

Loving mother of three and known as “Nanny” to her four grandchildren, Nancy passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at Methodist Hospital on May 25. Preceded in death by her husband, Bennett Hornstein, and parents Sally and Abe Venger of Omaha, NE. Survived by daughters Jill Goldstein (Joe) of Omaha and their sons Jack and Alex, Beth Hornstein of Denver, CO and Joe Hornstein (Erin) of Cherry Hills Village, CO and their son Bennett and daughter Elliot and sister Enid (Steve) Wenner of Greenwood Village, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.


Nancy was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She graduated from Central High School in Omaha and attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. After attending college, she was selected to be a princess at the Aksarben Ball. She married Bennett in 1963, and they briefly lived in Berkeley, CA while Bennett attended law school at Boalt Hall, University of California-Berkley. They then moved back to Omaha to start a family. Nancy had a passion for community service, participating in the Junior League of Omaha, on the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee, and with the Child Savings Institute, the National Council of Jewish Women, and many more. After Bennett passed away in 1986, she began a remarkable career as a salesperson at Borsheim’s Jewelry Store in Omaha, where people throughout the area and country appreciated her friendly and welcoming demeanor and her boundless energy.


Her myriad clients came to rely on her expertise and honesty as she helped them celebrate their cherished milestones and joyous occasions (never revealing the pending engagements or surprise gifts). After working at Borsheim’s for 33 years, she settled into a much-deserved retirement, enjoying time with her family and friends. Through all these years, she never met a stranger. She was genuinely interested in and cared about everyone she knew and met. She was a bright and energetic light and touched so many lives. Her energy, boundless enthusiasm and kindness will be deeply missed.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Bennett G. Hornstein Scholarship Fund,