Marlene Kay McCann

Marlene Kay McCann

December 8, 1943 – August 28, 2022

Marlene Kay McCann, 78 years of age, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at the Buffet Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marlene was born December 8, 1943, to Ed and Norma (Kottsick) Johnson in Minot, North Dakota. Marlene was the middle child of 3 girls, Janice, the oldest and Liz, the youngest. Marlene graduated from Minot High School (1961) and started her college education at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She came back to Minot State University after 2 years and wound up meeting a transfer student from North Dakota State University, Pat McCann.

In 1964, Pat and Marlene got married. The young couple made their first move in 1966 to Lawton, Oklahoma, as Pat had enlisted in the Army. There, they had their first son, Sean Timothy, while Pat was at Fort Sill. After Pat’s service ended, they moved to Omaha, Nebraska. That is where their second son, Kevin Patrick, was born.

The move to Omaha was for a job with First Data Resources, now Fiserv. This would be the last move and became home for the rest of her life. Marlene was a home maker when the boys were in school. She did return to college later in life to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at University of Nebraska at Omaha and went on to teach at Rose Hill Elementary School in Omaha Public Schools, until she retired 2008. After she retired, she spent her time with her grandkids, visiting Minot when she could, book club, visiting wineries, watching her Wednesday Men’s bowlers, and spending Thursday mornings having coffee with her friends.

Marlene was preceded in death by, Ed and Norma Johnson (both of Garrison, ND), Pat McCann, Janice Larson (Garrison, ND), and Molly McCann (Kevin). She is survived by: Liz and Dennis Wolsky (Minot, ND), Tom and Patricia McCann (Monterey, CA), Kathy McCann (Grand Forks, ND), Agnes and Dennis Hindemith (Omaha, NE), Marge Carper (Grand Forks, ND); grandchildren: Austin McCann, Robert McCann, Cody McCann, Danielle Marr and Cameron Keen, Curtis and Kendra Marr, Caitlin Marr; great-grandson, Jason Marr; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials can be made for ongoing education efforts for her grandchildren.

VISITATION: Sunday, September 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  with 5 p.m. VIGIL SERVICE, at West Center Chapel.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, September 6, 10:30 a.m. St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge Street. Interment: Resurrection.

To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please go to and click the “view livecast” button.


  • Bev Johnson Cross/Yvonne Johnson Stephens Posted September 2, 2022 9:17 am

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of our cousin Marlene. Sending many thoughts and prayers to her entire family. God bless…

  • Stephanie Spelic Posted September 5, 2022 7:28 pm

    Dear Sean and Kevin, You may remember the Spelic’s, living across the street from you on Nicholas Street. I remember Sean practicing his trumpet so that on warm nights we had to shut the windows. Kevin always up to some hijinks. Your mother was such a lovely and patient mother as I grew to admire her raising two little boys myself. We moved from Nicholas street but often saw your mom at church or at the Sorensen community center while she worked with young children. My sincere condolences to you all on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She is fondly remembered.
    Stephanie .Spelic

  • Overholt’s Posted September 6, 2022 7:25 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and may you find comfort with your family and friends. Marlene will be missed.

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