Libbie (Schreiber) McAuliffe

Libbie (Schreiber) McAuliffe

Libbie McAullife, 89 formerly Libbie (Palik) Schreiber, now of Omaha, died Thursday, April 25, 2024 in Omaha.


Mass of Christian Burial  Tuesday, April 30, 2024   10:30 A.M.

St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City   Rev. Brian Connor, Celebrant

Visitation 9 AM Tuesday with 10AM Rosary-at St. Mary's Church

Committal in the church cemetery

Memorials in care of the family for future designation

Lunch at the "Northend" Cafe  (Northside)

Libbie Georgia (Palik) Schreiber-Stokebrand-McAuliffe was born on the family farm near Appleton on May 26, 1934, while her father was getting the midwife.  She was the youngest of three children born to Joseph and Rose (Voboril) Palik.  She graduated from David City High School in 1952, completed Normal Training at Midland College in Fremont and taught in a one room schoolhouse near Appleton Church.  Libbie was united in marriage to Rueben David Schreiber in June of 1954.  To this union, three children were born.  Sadly, Rueben was killed in a motor vehicle accident on April 17, 1962, leaving 27 year old Libbie to raise their three children.  Libbie move back to David City from Gresham and held various jobs at Banner Press, Hinky Dinky, Novacek's Clothing, Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph, the First National Bank and the Butler County Assessor's Office.  In 1977 she married Roger Stokebrand and moved to a farm north of DeWitt.  This marriage ended in divorce and Libbie moved back to David City in 1979.  During her time back  in David City, she spent her free time with best friend Lorraine Sima.  Libbie enjoyed going to singles dances with several of her local friends.

In 1988, Libbie married Robert C. McAuliffe and moved to Omaha.  They loved returning to David City to have coffee and lunch at the "Northend Cafe" while visiting with friends and former neighbors.  They like to fish at Grandpa's Woods and other area ponds.  They also enjoyed attending various parish dinners of duck, ham and spaghetti.  On September 1, 1996, Libbie's beloved son, Alan, died of cancer following a grueling six month battle.  This devastated Libbie and Alan took her heart to heaven.  Robert died in 2014 and Libbie moved to assisted living.  She loved to read, fish and crochet.  She gifted each of her grandchildren with afghans made especially for each of them.  Libbie also had a passion for plants and was an avid gardener.  She could have planted  a dowel stick and have it blooming in eight weeks.  Czech music was also a source of joy.  She was a loyal friend and always sent birthday cards with a little note, to those in her life.  She had many health challenges in her life and her resilience in dealing with those adversities was a testament to her grit.  She was of tough stock.

Libbie is survived by her two daughters, Diane (Steve) Ptacek of Omaha and Karen Schreiber and special friend Steve Ryder of Urbana, Illinois, four grandchildren; Matthew (Gayle Fude) Ptacek, Omaha, Greg (Kelly) Ptacek of Wayne, Beth (Jesse) Rule of Westmoreland, Kansas and Daniel Schreiber of Omaha.  She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; Alexis, Rayne, Crispin, Liesel, Felicity and Gideon Ptacek and Warren and Carson Rule, as well as former daughter-in-law Nancy (Nathan) Claassen of Hickman and sister-in-law Marilyn (Schreiber) Buhl of York.  Marilyn stayed a close friend to Libbie throughout her life.  She was a loving aunt and will be missed greatly by her nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son Alan, brother Milo and sister Alice