Darci Homan’s battle against non-Hodgkin lymphoma was a source of inspiration for the Gross Catholic High School girls basketball and soccer teams.
Her three-year fight was so inspiring that both teams dedicated their 2019 seasons to Homan, who died June 26 at age 54.
Her husband, Jim Homan, the Gross girls soccer coach, said the support “has been overwhelming.”
“The support of the girls and the whole community has been very meaningful,” he said. “At the wake service and at a fundraiser earlier, the lines were out the door. That shows the number of people that were touched by Darci.”
A Mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. Leo Catholic Church in Omaha. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Memorial Society in care of Gross Catholic High.
A desire to live each day to its fullest and a love of family were the hallmarks of Darci Homan’s life.
“Darci’s favorite quote was, ‘Live each day with a grateful heart,’ ” according to a notice posted by her family. “Darci was fully engaged in life. She was a boisterous, joyful and fun-loving person with a great sense of humor.”
Both of Homan’s daughters played on the Gross High soccer team, which their mother faithfully followed for 27 years.
Jim Homan, who coached the soccer team throughout that time, said his wife drove countless miles “probably breaking speeding laws” in support of the teams.
“She had never had the opportunity to play soccer because it had not been offered at her school when she was growing up, but she did play softball and basketball,” said her mother, Loene Herman. “She enjoyed being active and involved in the sports lives of her daughters, and was a vocal supporter of them and their teammates.”
Homan was born in Council Bluffs, the fifth of six children of Jim and Loene Herman, who survive her. She graduated from West Harrison High School in Mondamin, Iowa, in 1983.
After high school, Homan attended the University of Iowa for two years. Her education was interrupted, but she obtained her degree in criminal justice from Bellevue College in 1994.
Most recently, she was employed as a production scheduler at D&W Fine Pack in Fort Calhoun.
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