Powers, Marjorie (Rynaski)
Nov 9, 1917 - Feb 21, 2013
Preceded in death by husband, John J. Powers; sisters, Catherine Rynaski, Julia Krasovec; brother, Lawrence "Bud" Rynaski; parents, John and Helen Rynaski; and grandson-in-law, Jason Martin. She is survived by sons, John Powers, Seattle, Daniel Powers, Lincoln, Vincent (Alison) Powers, Lincoln, Edward (Leslie) Powers, New York City, James (Mary) Powers, Omaha; daughter, Mary Powers, St. Louis; ten grandchildren, Loucile Powers Martin, Norton, OH, Courtney Powers, Lincoln, John, Natalie, Andrew and Jamie Powers, all of New York City, Katherine, Edward, Margaret and John Powers, all of Omaha; and three great-grand-children, Mary Caroline, Marguerite and Theodore Martin, Norton, OH. Marjorie grew up in South Omaha, where her parents owned and operated a grocery store at 25th & Bancroft. She was Salutatorian of South High School and graduated from Creighton University in 1940 with a degree in journalism. It was there that she met her husband, John, whom she married on November 12th, 1942. Marjorie and John lived in Ogallala before returning to Omaha in 1959 and settling in Dundee. She was a member of Saint Margaret Mary's parish, where she sent all six of her children. Her five sons graduated from Creighton Prep and her daughter graduated from Marian High School. Marjorie was proud that all six children graduated from law school and became practicing attorneys. After her children were grown, Marjorie obtained her teaching certificate and substituted for Omaha Public Schools for several years and eventually worked full time at Omaha Technical High School. Marjorie taught English and Journalism at Tech and is remembered by many former students as a positive influence. Marjorie was always active in the Democratic Party, and her son Vincent is currently State Chairman. She was an active member for many years of League of Women Voters.
Marjorie donated her body, as did her husband before her, to Creighton University Medical School. PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE AND ROSARY Friday, March 1 at John A. Gentleman Mortuary, 1010 North 72nd Street, Omaha, (402) 391-1664. VISITATION with the family 5-7pm, with the WAKE SERVICE beginning at 7pm. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Creighton Preparatory School, 7400 Western Ave., Omaha, NE 68114; Marian High School, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha, NE 68134; or The Macula Society, a macular degeneration charity, 3401 Enterprise Parkway Suite 310, Cleveland, OH 44122.