Rosemarie Anne (Lite) Prystai

Rosemarie Anne (Lite) Prystai

April 12, 1937 – November 6, 2022

Rosemarie Anne Cecilia (Lite) Prystai was born to Joseph C. and Katherine E. (Hearty) Lite. She lived her entire life in Omaha, Nebraska, where she graduated from St. Bridget’s, Duchesne Academy, Duchesne College, and the University of Omaha.

Rosemarie was preceded in death by her parents; older brother, Joseph P. Lite (Carol) of California; and younger sister, Mary Katherine Lite-Swanson (Jack).

Education was extremely important to her. She spent 35 years teaching the youth of Omaha, 33 of those years teaching reading with Omaha Public Schools. She was awarded the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997, but her greatest reward was seeing the “light” turn on in her students’ minds when they had mastered the skill at hand.

Rosemarie’s hobbies were reading, ice skating, and watching hockey—especially the NHL and her beloved Detroit Red Wings. She also enjoyed being outside doing yard work and home repairs, feeding the wildlife, and relaxing on her deck. Unfortunately, with the diagnosis of Macular Degeneration and congestive heart failure, she slowly lost her ability to engage in her favorite activities.

Rosemarie is survived by her children: David Prystai, Paula Spanke, Elizabeth Prystai; former daughter-in-law, Sally Cohen (Gary); sister-in-law, Patricia A. Swanson; grandson, Andrew Prystai (Danielle); many nieces and nephews.

She will be dearly missed by countless family and friends, but her strong faith in God will help all of us during this difficult time.

VISITATION: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 4:30PM, followed by a VIGIL at 6:30PM, at West Center Chapel.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, November 11, 2022, 10:30AM, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Dr.

To view a live stream of the service, go to and click the “View Live Cast” button.

Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the OEA Foundation or St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Please wear red for her beloved Detroit Red Wings.


  • Theresa Jennings Posted November 9, 2022 10:22 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time.

  • Ashley Johnson – Posted November 9, 2022 12:19 pm

    All my love and prayers to the entire family.

  • Cathy & Tommy Kessler Posted November 10, 2022 4:44 am

    Liz and family,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your amazing mother! She was an incredible woman. Prayers and love being sent.

  • Sharon Struve Posted November 10, 2022 11:12 am

    It was a pleasure teaching with Rose. After retirement I enjoyed our Christmas communications. Sincere condolences to her whole family. She was a gem.
    Sharon Struve

  • Kevin and mary Duffy Posted November 14, 2022 12:32 pm

    Liz, we are so sad to hear about your mother. Mary God grant your family comfort.

  • Kevin and Mary Duffy Posted November 14, 2022 12:44 pm

    Liz, we are so sorry to hear doubt your mother’s death. She was a remarkable woman an a very gifted educator. May God grant you comfort.

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