Claudine Kaye Thorne

October 5, 1967 ~ November 2, 2019 (age 52)

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Claudine K. Thorne, age 52 of Lincoln, NE (formerly Nebraska City, NE and North Platte, NE) passed away on November 2, 2019 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Claudine Kaye Thorne was born on October 5, 1967 in Nebraska City, NE; the daughter of Claude Junior and Judith Katherine (Oelke) Thorne.  She grew up and attended school in Nebraska City, graduating from Nebraska City High School with the class of 1985.  She attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan and graduated in 1989.  She went on to the College of Law at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where she obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 1992.

She began her law career and practiced in Nebraska City from 1992 to 1997.  Claudine then moved to North Platte, NE where she worked as the Deputy County Attorney from November of 1997 to December of 2018.  She then moved to Lincoln, NE where she worked at the Department of Health and Human Services as an Administrative Appeals Officer.  

She was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Those left to cherish her memory include her mom, Judy Thorne of Nebr. City, NE; sister Paula Penney and her son Marek Penney of Gretna, NE; brother Cyrus Thorne of Lincoln, NE; aunts and uncles:  Phil Oelke and wife Dorie of Lincoln, NE, Rex Oelke and wife Janet of Unadilla, NE, Ted Oelke and wife Diane of Unadilla, NE, Mary Bossung and husband William of Weeping Water, NE, Joyce Oelke of Nebr. City, Kevin Thorne and wife Sharon of Nebraska City, NE and Roger Balfour of Nehawka, NE; other family and friends.

Claudine was preceded in death by her dad, Claude Thorne on October 13, 2017 and her brother-in-law,  Mark Penney on May 29, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebr. City with Fr. Tom Schultes officiating.  Burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebr. City.

The family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening (11/6) at Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City, followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m.   The casket will remain closed.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge (8030 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68114) or to the donors favorite charity.



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November 6, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gude Mortuary
403 S. 9th St.
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Recitation of the Rosary
November 6, 2019

7:00 PM
Gude Mortuary
403 S. 9th St.
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Funeral Mass
November 7, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
218 N. 6th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410

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