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
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
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
In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed toward Kamryn Kares either online
at www.kamrynkares.org 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.