Rolland L. Fenster - October 16, 2013Dr. Rolland L. Fenster, octogenarian, educator, school administrator, knew he was marked as Christ’s own and passed into the arms of our Lord on Oct. 16, 2013. Born in Hamilton County to Walter and Emma Fenster on Oct. 29, 1932. United in marriage to Sue Gardner in Grand Island May 6, 1956. Graduated Hampton High School, Bachelor of Arts – University of Nebraska Kearney, master’s University of Nebraska-Lincoln, education specialist, University of Nebraska, Omaha, EdD-UNL.
He leaves his wife, Sue, of nearly 58 years; children, Sally Smith (Roger), William and Michael (Tricia), brother Lowell (Willa). With great pride he saw his grandchildren Nicholas and Nathaniel Smith achieve Eagle Scout and held Payton Fenster many times since her birth in February and was witness to her baptism; sister-in law Joellen Burmood and extended family; his dachshund Heidi. Preceded in death by parents, sister-in-law Marilyn Fenster, brother-in-law David Burmood, niece Nyla Fenster. His hounds Schatzi and Spades wait for him at the Rainbow Bridge. One year ago he celebrated his 80 years with a party attended by many friends, colleagues and citizens from all his schools and towns.
Faithful to his God and country he served in Alaska during the Korean Conflict; Kiwanian (Sunrise) K-Kids, Meals on Wheels, children’s zoo train engineer, Boy Scouts, American Legion, Back Pack Program and served on election boards, honorary Future Farmer. He served as junior warden and vestry at Church of the Holy Trinity. Co-founder of the Administrator’s Coffee Club, which considers itself the unofficial steering committee for Steve Joel and the president of the U.S.A. Educator, principal Valparaiso High School, Principal, Superintendent Public School District 161 Raymond Central. Principal, St. Bernard’s (Omaha), Administrator Public School District 103 Diller. Adjunct faculty UNL and Peru State, mentored student teachers as they began their professional careers (a jacket and tie were always required), and The Godfather to many, loved his family, profession, friends, a good band and his hounds. He will be remembered for his wit and sense of humor, his honesty and service to others. (Enjoyed a good laugh and ensured that folks around him did too.)
His celebration of his life was Oct. 28, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Lincoln. Officiating: Rev. Susanna DesMarais. Final resting in the church bell tower. In lieu of flowers, donations to Church of Holy Trinity or the Capital City Humane Society 2320 Park Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68502