Mary Ann Shymkewicz
November 22, 1937 – September 10, 2020
Mary Ann (Steinbrink) Shymkewicz, age 82, of Omaha, NE entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Mary Ann was born in Falls City, Nebraska and was the first child born to Ralph and Nettie (Spears) Steinbrink. She was raised and schooled in Falls City, with her one brother, Stephen. Mary Ann graduated from Falls City High School with the class of 1956. After finishing high school, Mary Ann attended Peru State College, where she obtained a degree in Elementary Education.
After graduation, she moved to Omaha, NE to begin her career in teaching. Mary Ann taught at several different schools in the Omaha area, until she found Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Ms. Shym loved teaching kindergarten and adored her students. In 1999, she retired after almost 40 years of teaching.
After moving to Omaha, Mary Ann met and married Gerald “Jerry” Shymkewicz. Together, they had three children, Shelley, Scott and Suzanne.
Throughout Mary Ann’s life she met several people, whom she considered life long friends. She loved to keep in contact with them, whether it be in person or via phone calls or hand written letters/cards. She valued each and every friendship she had. Mary Ann enjoyed getting to see her former students and hearing about how much their lives had changed since kindergarten. She was very thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in so many lives. Mary Ann was very passionate about her faith and would often talk about her love for God. In her free time, she loved reading romance novels, seeing movies and having lunch with her friends. Mary Ann’s greatest joys in her life were her children and grandchildren. She loved being a mom and grandma and she never turned down a chance to spend time with them.
Mary Ann is survived by children: Shelley (Joe) Richard, Scott Shymkewicz and Suzanne (Bruce) Myers; grandchildren: Allison Shymkewicz, Molly Myers, Lauren Shymkewicz, Levi Myers, Taylor Richard and Cole Richard; and brother, Stephen Steinbrink (Joan Hueffner). She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Nettie Steinbrink.
Mary Ann donated her body to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska and will be cremated at a later date. The family will be holding a VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Saturday, September 19th from 9:30am to 10:30am, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (2110 S. 32nd Ave.) followed by MEMORIAL MASS at 10:30am. The family suggests memorials for Our Lady of Lourdes Scholarship fund.