Irene A. (Gibilisco) Marchese

Irene A. (Gibilisco) Marchese

June 25, 1930 – May 21, 2020


Age 89

Irene was an artist whose paintings were collected locally and nationally. One painting currently hangs in the Med Center Library. She was an active member of Associated Artists and Bellevue Artists and enjoyed traveling to workshops with other painters and teaching art. Irene was also a floral designer for Baker’s for many years and won awards for her arrangements. Irene also loved spending time with her grandchildren, reading -especially the Bible, baking, music, and singing in the St. Thomas More church choir and the Omaha Symphony Choir. Irene passed away due to Covid-19 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Preceded in death by husband Frank; brother Sam Gibilisco; sisters Connie Swisher and Grace Stinson.

Survived by daughters Christine Bolmeier (Bill), Mary Kay Glassman (Jesus Aguillon), and Donna Garcia (David); grandchildren Lauren Pascale (Luke Malone), Alyssa Taylor, Brent Glassman, Nina Targy, Cece Targy, William Targy, Brandon Garcia (Lexi), and Anna Newell (Jacob); and five great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Nurse Remy with Palliative Care at UNMC and Dr. Gregory Babbe. 

Visitation: Wednesday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service at noon, both at the West Center Chapel.

In lieu of flowers send donations to: The Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha, 22625 Edgewater Road, Omaha, NE, 68022. Entombment: Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

To view a live broadcast of the Visitation and Service, go to our website and click “view the live cast” button on our homepage or click on link below.

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  • Kathy Pehl Posted May 23, 2020 8:27 am

    our deepest sympathy to your family, I loved her , and enjoyed talking to Aunt Irene by phone at least once a month. I will miss talking to her and I miss her God Bless you all and comfort you in this time of sorrow

    • Chris Marchese Posted May 25, 2020 7:58 am

      Thank you Kathy.

  • Steven Barton Posted May 23, 2020 4:17 pm

    Irene was a special lady. I worked with her at Bakers. She was always one of my favorites. Prayers to her family for their loss. Steve Barton

    • Chris Marchese Posted May 25, 2020 7:58 am

      Thank you Steven.

  • Kris Foster Posted May 24, 2020 10:17 am

    Your mom, Irene, helped me make corsages for homecomings and prom at Baker’s she was such a joy to work with and very talented in so many ways. It was a priviledge to know her. My heartfelt sympathies to you. Kris Carpenter-Foster.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 6:57 am

      Kris thank you she enjoyed working at Bakers

    • Christine Marchese Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 7:09 am

      Thank U Kr IS She enjoyed working with flowers and at Baker’s very very much and all the people she worked withLove Chris

  • Jim & Rita Rose Posted May 24, 2020 10:33 am

    Chris,Mary Kay and Donna, we are so sorry to hear your Mom has passed. We always admired and liked her very much. We will attend the broadcast visitation and service. Your Mom and your families are in our prayers.
    Love, Jim & Rita

    • Chris Marchese Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 6:52 am

      Thanks Jim and Rita we love you too.

  • John Marchese Posted May 24, 2020 3:03 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She will be missed. She was a very loving and positive influence in my life. So many fond memories. I love you Aunt Irene.

    • Chris Marchese Posted May 25, 2020 7:59 am

      Mom was very fond of you John. Thanks so much.

      • Chris Marchese Posted May 26, 2020 6:24 am

        John, Love You.

  • Sandy Marchese Linden Posted May 25, 2020 9:02 pm

    I am so happy that I have on e of your Mom’s paintings, I will cherish it for the rest of my life. She was one of the sweetest and most talented women I had the pleasure to know. I will miss her My love and prayers for your family.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 8:46 am

      Thank you Sandy, love you

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 1:59 pm

      Thanks sandy

  • Al Thramer Posted May 26, 2020 3:11 pm

    To the Family: Irene was such a loving lady, she loved all, Frank was a working friend of mine for many years and always uplifting and very humorous, Rita & I had many good social times with them with a lot of laughter. My sympathy to you during this sorrowful time as she has entered into her eternal life with God and Frank and host of other family and friends. May her soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed through the Mercy of God rest in Peace… AMEN.. Al

    • Christine Marchese Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 7:07 am

      Thanks L they enjoyed you and Rita a very very much.
      Dad always said he couldn’t of had a nicer boss And love to joke around with your son mark All our love the family

  • Caren Circo Posted May 26, 2020 7:49 pm

    I am SO, SO very sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. My sister Cathy ( ST Thomas Moore Parish) called me this evening to tell me about her passing.. I so enjoyed visiting her when I was in Omaha. We had numerous discussions about religion, politics and Italian food!!! I remember meeting her years ago at a Ryan H.S. class Reunion years ago… we seemed to just click and talk.. We had a lovely time… I then kept in touch through the years with phone calls, and when visiting my family in Omaha. I would ALWAYS call and stop by for a visit. I will so cherish the painting she did for me of my basset hound Lucy she insisted on doing. I will miss you and our many visits SOOOO much…. I am so sad to that I can never visit with you again…. The world was a much better place with you here!!! RIP my dear, dear friend….GODSPEED!! you will ALWAYS be in my heart… All my love forever… Caren Circo

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 7:02 am

      Thank you Karen she Enjoyed you very very much and always talked about the cards you would send, You’re visits and your phone calls they were much appreciated she loved you very much thought you are very very special thanks for your condolences Chris

  • Caren Circo Posted May 26, 2020 9:46 pm

    I am so so very sad to hear of Irene’s passing.. . My sincere condolences to the family..My sister Cathy called me this evening to let me know this .. I was so shocked!! ! I met Irene at a Ryan class reunion many years ago. We sat at a table and talked..we seemed to just click…. She insisted she would love to paint a picture of my basset hound Lucy. She eventually did. I will cherish the portrait more than ever. .I would call her alot, and when I was in Omaha, I would call her and come visit her. We would sit and talk for hours about life, religion, politics, and Italian food. Also a cable guy that was there. once….hilarious!!I I SO very much enjoyed all our visits and discussions. . I cant imagine not calling her anymore. I will think of you often Irene.., You will ALWAYS be in my heart.. Hopefully you are in a better place. I love you my dear dear friend. You are forever missed by all that were blessed to have known you. GODSPEED my friend.. ALWAYS and FOREVER, Caren CIrco

  • Lou Rose Posted May 27, 2020 8:12 am

    Chris, Mary Kay and Donna….I am so sorry for the loss of you dear mother….it was so crazy running in to Donna at Sam and Paulines grave site on Memorial Day…..your Mother was a dear person I always appreciated… are all in my prayers….I hope to see some of her artwork someday…..God Bless

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 8:48 am

      Thank you so much Louis I always enjoyed our get togethers with family

  • Sheila Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 8:13 am

    I am grateful Irene’s passing was peaceful – and that she heard her daughters’ voices! But I am saddened that she passed during this time when family couldn’t be at her side and that you all didn’t have the option to be with her in person. She was a lovely lady. I feel fortunate that we shared some holidays with her. I will forever think of her when I use lemon or lime zest! Prayers for you during this time of sadness.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 8:45 am

      Thank you Sheila you always had a special place in mom’s heart love you Chris

  • Dave & Tamara Smith Posted May 27, 2020 9:15 am

    Tamara and I are so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Irene was such a sweet soul and loved all of you so very much. She will be missed and always in our hearts.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 8:58 pm

      Thanks Dave and Tamra

  • Christine Rose Distefano Posted May 27, 2020 9:38 am

    To the Marchese family. I was so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She was a lovely and kind person. I last saw her three years ago (I believe-time flies by) at the Santa Lucia Festival. She was so very proud of her heritage and her grandmother’s place in it’s history. My deepest heartfelt condolences for comfort and peace to all of you.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 8:59 pm

      Thank you Christine

  • Lauren Pascale Posted May 27, 2020 11:10 am

    I love you, Nana. Your amazing talents and our memories together will be a source of joy for the rest of my days. Thank you for the gift of your beauty, your magnificence, and especially your pizza. My loving grandmother and friend, may you breathe easy forevermore.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 9:01 pm

      Thank you Lauren Very sweet

  • Shiela Rawlings Posted May 27, 2020 12:00 pm

    Dearest Donna, Sisters, and family: So very sorry for the loss the your mother. What a beautiful lady she was and an inspiration to all. Blessings and prayers to all of you as she will really be missed. We lived across the street many years ago and always enjoyed the friendship and being your neighbors. Shiela Rawlings, Cami Rawlings, and Deena Frasier.

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 27, 2020 9:03 pm

      Thank you for your condolences she surely will be missed by many

    • Christine M Bolmeier Posted May 28, 2020 5:20 am

      Thank you very much Sheila

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