Irene C. Marks
September 8, 1942 – March 25, 2023
SERVICE: Saturday, April 1st, 11am, at West Center Chapel.
Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
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Irene C Marks passed away on March 25, 2023, after a valiant battle with cancer. Irene was born in Grand Island, NE., in 1942 to parents, Frank and Opal Ripp. Irene lived with her family in Shelton, NE, until she moved to Omaha, NE, met her husband, Bennie J Marks, and started a family. Irene attended and graduated from The University of Nebraska Omaha with a degree in Interior Design. Outside of her career in the restaurant industry, Irene was a very strong and resourceful woman who taught herself many skills in not only design but also home improvement and construction. Even in her latter years, Irene chose to do all of her own construction and home improvements rather than hire anyone.
She was an avid sports fan and followed all sports, but her first and main love of sports was the Nebraska Cornhuskers. She could often be heard on Saturdays yelling at the TV, encouraging her team to victory. She gladly passed her passion onto her family whenever she could. Irene traveled with her husband and family to many historical sites throughout her lifetime and loved the value of national and local history. In her career in the Restaurant industry, Irene met many national artists and enjoyed music. Her favorite artist from the beginning all the way to the end was Elvis Presley. Irene was a pet lover, especially cats, and had many in her lifetime.
Irene was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Irene had many qualities that will be remembered, but her loyalty to her cause, her family, and those that she loved will continue on through those that knew her best.
Irene is survived by her brother, Jim Ripp (Marie); son, Devin Marks (Jen); daughter, Janie Rath (Roger); grandchildren: Alex, Jordan, Hannah, and Noah; great-grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie J Marks; parents, Frank and Opal Ripp; brother, Richard Ripp; sister, Marcella Keane.