Rosenbaum, Lisa


Karma Louise Rosenbaum, known best to all who loved her as Lisa, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in her sleep over Easter weekend.  Lisa was born December 27, 1949 in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Harriett and Orville Oxford.  She had many wonderful memories of her childhood growing up on the farm there with her older brother Keith, and later moving to Council Bluffs, Iowa where her younger sister Trudy joined the family.  Lisa graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Never liking her given name of Karma, she decided as an adult to start going by the name Lisa and it seemed to fit her well.  Her middle name of ‘Louise’ was a family name and she treasured this honor that has stretched five generations now.  Family traditions and heirlooms were things that Lisa found of great interest. 

Lisa had two children; David Allen Murphy of Lincoln and Kristy Louise Schumacher of South Dakota, both of whom she was incredibly proud of. 

Lisa was married to Robert Rosenbaum, her husband of almost fifteen years, and from that marriage she gained three step-children that she loved like her own; Kristina Greening and Justin Cooksley, both of Lincoln and Kristin Draper of Firth, Nebraska. Lisa and her husband, Bob, shared a quiet life together and their mixture of personalities balanced well.  The two of them had great pride in their kids and were so pleased at the relationship the four of them shared.

Lisa worked mainly in food service throughout her life, most recently at Clark Jeary Retirement Community and then Lincoln Public Schools from which she retired.  Lisa had a love for rock hunting and searching for unique sticks.  She would sand these down and make them into beautiful walking sticks much like her own father enjoyed doing.  She also enjoyed antiquing, going to garage sales and frequenting thrift stores.  She would pride herself on great finds sold unknowingly by others at only a fraction of their true value.  Lisa would turn around and make a profit off of these things at her rather large and well known garage sales that she would put on a couple of times each summer.  This was something she found great enjoyment in doing.

Lisa had selflessly uprooted her life and spent an entire year helping her daughter, Kristy, and son-in-law, Dustin, up in South Dakota as her precious two-year old granddaughter battled a brain tumor.  She spent many hours teaching sweet Kamryn different nursery rhymes and their gestures, playing blocks on the floor and just sitting with her watching cartoons.  Just about anyone that had spoken with Lisa in the last year heard about Kamryn.  When little Kamryn passed away last May, Lisa found herself absolutely heartbroken.  She returned home to Lincoln and joined a bible study group, however, finding it to bring her great comfort.  The family is very grateful for the peace that this group of friends and their meaningful gatherings brought her.

It is reassuring to her family knowing that Lisa is now reunited with Kamryn as well as her own parents and grandparents in heaven.  Lisa is survived by her husband Robert of Lincoln, her daughter Kristy Schumacher (Dustin) of Lead, SD, her son David Allen Murphy (Renee) of Lincoln, her children gained in marriage; Justin Cooksley (Megan) of Lincoln, Kristina Greening of Lincoln, and Kristin Draper (Chip/Stanley) of Firth, her older brother Keith Oxford (Jean) of Lincoln and younger sister Trudy (Terry) Weare of Council Bluffs, IA, 3 nieces, 1 nephew, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson and dear family friend Amy Newsham-Stuefer.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 6th 2018 at 10:30am at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln with lunch provided on site afterwards.  Lisa found a true sense of peace being up in the Black Hills of South Dakota so her family has decided that she will be laid to rest there, near her granddaughter Kamryn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed toward Kamryn Kares either online at or sent to PO Box 5465 Lincoln, Ne 68505.  Kamryn Kares was created in memory of Lisa’s granddaughter that passed from brain cancer.  It provides children of any age facing serious and life-threatening medical issues with a personalized canvas bag filled with toys and things specific to their likes to distract them from the battles they are facing.

Guestbook for Rosenbaum, Lisa

8:36AM Apr 6th, 2018
I met Lisa while I was taking care of Kamryn. She was so devoted to that sweet baby girl, and a rock to the rest of the family! Lisa was a kind and wonderful woman! Praying for comfort and peace.
Stephanie DeGroot (Rapid City , SD)
8:30PM Apr 5th, 2018
John and I were so sorry to hear about Lisa's passing . She was a dear neighbor for many years. We both shared in garage selling, once done we called each other to come pick over what was left in each others sure to find a treasure. She was a dear-dear lady, we will sure miss her. She is now with her granddaughter whom she talked about so often. Our prayers are with her family. May God give you all peace of mind and heart during such a heavyhearted time.
John & Leota Hall (Lincoln, NE)
9:15AM Apr 5th, 2018
I worked with Lisa for several years at Clark Jeary. She was a wonderful person and loved her family dearly. We often spoke about her antiquing or bargains she would find, she enjoyed this very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you, hold tight to those special memories of her.
Carla Abendroth (Lincoln, NE)
11:40AM Apr 4th, 2018
I met Lisa while I was working at Russ’s Market. as a cashier.. We always talked & quickly became friends. I’m going to miss her. She was a wonderful lady. My deepest sympathy to all her family.
Wanda Fedon (Lincoln, NE)

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