Omaha, Nebraska 2021-09-15 05:59:29 –
April 16, 1944-August 4, 2021
Margaret Griesen died on August 4, 2021 after being infected with COVID while on vacation in northern Michigan. She and her twin sister, Ruth, were born on April 16, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio, to David and Alice Schillezinger. Margaret graduated from The Ohio State University School of Education, where she met her future husband, Jim, while working as an undergraduate worker. They got married in 1966 and Margaret taught third and fourth grade students until their first child was born.
Margaret was an active community leader in the four cities where she and Jim were married. In Columbus, she was a board member of the Columbus Childbirth Education Association. In Ann Arbor, she organized the badminton section of the U of M Faculty Women’s Club. In Omaha, she was the assistant president of a university hospital and was awarded the “Sunshine Award” for her outstanding service. She was also President of the Rotary Women’s Association. In Lincoln, she worked with other community leaders to set up the Lincoln Children’s Museum. He was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Board and the Cable Television Advisory Board. He was chairman of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and a member of the LSO Board (3rd term). President of the Community Women’s Club. President of PEO Chapter DX. Vice President of Heritage League. And a board member of the Homestead Girl Scout Council.
After all four of her children went to school, Margaret became a highly talented student mentor at Lincoln Public School, eventually limiting her mentoring to Morley Elementary School students, where the quiz bowl team Led and performed a geographic bee. Her quiz bowl students won several regional championships, and many of her Geography Bee students continued to compete at the national level. Margaret was passionate about talented student education, and her students enjoyed her as much as she enjoyed. Many students remained in touch with her even after she became a teacher.
Margaret was prior to death by her parents. Her brothers Philip and Robert Sylzinger. Her twin sister, Ruth Sylzinger. Sister-in-law, Virginia Griesen; and brother-in-law, John Conroy. She has survived by her husband. Four children: Mark of Hickory, North Carolina, Ruth (David) Jones and Charles (Catherine) of Lincoln, Daniel of Omaha. 7 grandchildren. Sister Rosemary Conroy; Patricia (Bruce) Marshall; Marie (Ed) Thalys; Brother, Edward (Diane) Sylzinger; Sister-in-law, Kay Sylzinger.
Margaret’s Lifelong Celebration will take place on Sunday, September 26th, at 2:00 pm in the Great Plains Room of the UNL East Campus Union. The parking lot is on the north side of the union. Seats are spaced apart and a mask is required when not eating. A memory mass is planned in Columbus, Ohio. Commemorative donations can be made to either the Margaret Gleasen Scholarship Fund at Brian University of Health Sciences, the James and Margaret Gleasen Senator Award Fund for Outstanding Students at the Nebraska University Foundation, or a non-profit organization involving Margaret.
Published by Omaha World-Herald on September 12, 2021.
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