Stefani Drew – Wyuka

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Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery is located at 3600 O Street, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic places and it is the oldest Cemetery in Lincoln. The Wyuka staff will be by your side to provide assistance and help comfort you after the death of a loved one. Whether your preference is a traditional family service and visitation, a contemporary gathering, graveside service, cremation, or Veterans service, their funeral directors and staff are prepared to help assist you through this painful process.  Stefani Drew is the Community Relations Coordinator-Family Service Counselor at Wyuka.

How did you get started in the business?
I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Human Relations from Doane College in Lincoln and earned a Master’s degree in Behavioral Forensic Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University. After graduating I was uncertain of what direction to go, but I knew that I wanted to help others in some form.

What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I began working at Wyuka Funeral Home in June of 2012 as a Community Relations Coordinator, which includes marketing, community events planning, eventually I hope to start pre-planning and help with arranging funerals. I enjoy helping families and my goal is to leave them with a positive impression of myself and Wyuka.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’m originally from Kearney. I have wonderful, loving parents and am the youngest with two older brothers. I am thankful to have such a great and supportive family. I also have a lovable Shitzu-poo puppy named Dexter.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
There have been several.  One of the biggest turning points in my life has been the loss of my grandma. That was a very difficult time in my life and even still knowing that the feelings of missing her will never go away. On a lighter note, I am very relieved that I have completed my education and now enjoying my job here at Wyuka. It has been a long road but I am grateful of the many opportunities and great experiences.

What is the best advice you have received?
I have received several throughout my life. One that sticks with me that my oldest brother shared is when you are feeling down there is no place to go but up.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Playing basketball, spending time outside with my family enjoying the sun, taking Dexter out for a walk, going on bike rides, watching sports and grilling out.

If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Compassionate

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
If I could have any super power it would be to find a cure for cancer and heal the sick.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I am currently reading Three Bodies Burning, a book written by Brian Bogdanoff.  He is a retired homicide detective from Omaha.

What is your favorite movie?
There are too many good movies out there but one of my very favorites is The Legends of The Fall.

What is your favorite TV show?
The Ellen DeGeneres show! I even got the privilege to attend her show last month. It was so much fun!

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Tandoor Indian Cuisine and Blue Orchid.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
You can contact me by phone at Wyuka Funeral Home, (402) 474-3600, or by email at sdrew@wyuka.com.

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