Claire Wickenhauser

Claire Wickenhauser and her husband, Ted, owned Emminger’s Bakery until the late ’80s.

Claire Wickenhauser is known by her five children as “the best mother in the world.” But many others in Omaha remember her for her unique and festive cake decorations.

Wickenhauser and her husband, Ted, owned Emminger’s Bakery for many years, and she specialized in cake decorating, a self-taught skill, according to her son, Ted Jr.

The couple bought the bread side of the bakery in 1962 and the cake side in the 1970s. They sold the bakery in the late ’80s.

Wickenhauser died at the age of 94 on Sunday.

“It was a successful bakery,” Claire Wickenhauser told The World-Herald after her husband died in 2006. “Everything was made from scratch, from the wedding cakes to the icing.”

The South Omaha business was at 3818 Q St.

A post about Emminger’s Bakery on Forgotten Omaha, a Facebook page, is flooded with likes, shares and memories of wedding and other cakes.

Wickenhauser was famous for her rainbow cakes, Ted Jr. said. “They were unique and festive.”

She was “always doing for others,” said Wickenhauser’s daughter Diane McGee.

Wickenhauser is also survived by daughters Jan McCarty and Karen Crawford, son John Wickenhauser, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be Wednesday after 5 p.m., with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover St. The funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials were requested to the St. Thomas More Educational Endowment Fund.

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