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Victims of Robert Hawkins


Maggie Webb, age 24, of Omaha, was a recent transfer to the Omaha Von Maur store. She had been promoted to store manager. The Illinois State University grad was known by co-workers as an energetic and friendly boss who wasn’t above helping unload a truck dressed in her business suit. She would have celebrated her 25th birthday in two weeks.


Dianne Trent, age 53, of Omaha, a former flight attendant, had worked in Von Maur’s customer service department for eight years. She returned to Omaha eight years ago after her husband, Pete, died. She loved to travel and shop, and she lived for a time in Bogota, Colombia. She graduated from Omaha Benson High School.


Angie Schuster, age 36, of Omaha, was a manager in the girls department at Von Maur. She had just moved in with her boyfriend, Greg O’Neil, who planned to give her an engagement ring at Christmastime. The Dubuque, Iowa, native and University of Northern Iowa graduate loved showering her nieces and nephew with gifts.


Gary Scharf, age 48, of Lincoln, worked for LG Life Sciences and traveled all over the country for work. He was shopping for Christmas presents during some free time between flights. Scharf, who grew up on a farm outside Curtis, Neb., and retained his rural Nebraska sturdiness, had a son, a stepson and two stepdaughters.


Gary Joy, age 56, of Omaha, worked in housekeeping at Von Maur. He was described as a sweet man who wrote poetry and stories. He graduated from Bellevue University with a degree in literature, which was his passion. Joy donated his organs.


John McDonald, age 65, of Council Bluffs, was shopping with his wife, Kathy. He retired in 2000 from Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, where he worked for 27 years and was recalled as a “wonderfully kind man.” The Creighton University graduate was an avid runner and bicyclist.


Janet Jorgensen, age 67, of Omaha, was a saleswoman on the third floor of Von Maur, the gifts department, where she sold crystal and other fine items. Jorgensen would even sometimes deliver items to customers’ homes. She was noted as a fine seamstress and cake baker.


Beverly Flynn, age 47, of Omaha, was a real estate agent at NP Dodge whose trademark was planting a rosebush in the yard of every new homeowner. The mother of three worked part time wrapping gifts at Von Maur during the holiday season. Her shift was nearly over.


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  1. V.E.G.
    May 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Gary Joy has a relationship of a founding father. It is none other than George Washington (Third Cousin nine times removed due to William Munroe and Mary Ball)!

  2. V.E.G.
    March 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Wow! Gary Joy was born on the day Dennis the Menace was first began!

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