North Platte — Mary "Lou" Louise Troshynski, 83, or North Platte died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
A private graveside committal service was held Friday, March 20, 2020 at the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, Fr. Luke Steffes officiated.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson was in charge of the arrangments.
Mary Lou was born on Sept. 19, 1936, to John and Emma (Anspach) Conard in O'Neill.
She was the third of four children and named after both grandmothers,
Georgianna Mary Cole Conard McGinnis and Louise Williams Anspach.
Mary Lou grew up in Emmet where her father owned the general store and creamery and was postmaster. She attended Emmet grade school and loved helping at the store.
Favorite pastimes while young included fishing in the pond and river behind the house, sledding on "Bunker Hill" and riding horses with her cousins. We heard many stories about her Mom and Dad, Gram Anspach, Grandma Cole, Nana Georgie, Pat McGinnis and the rest of the Cole family. Being raised in Emmet was a wonderful experience.
While at O'Neill High School she was a cheerleader for four years, female lead for the junior and senior class plays and "All Sports Queen and Senior Attendant" for the prom. Following graduation in 1953, Mary
Lou went to Wayne State College where she studied English and physical education.
After two years, Mary Lou decided to take a break from school and moved to Omaha to work for Northwestern Bell. While in Omaha she began dating Bernard Troshynski, someone she remembered during her time as a cheerleader rooting against his St. Joseph Bluejay basketball team.
Ben and Mary Lou were united in marriage on June 2, 1956 at the Church of the Epiphany in Emmet. They lived in Omaha, Lincoln and Emmet before settling in Atkinson to raise their five boys.
Ben and Lou became close friends
with Don and Marilyn Gokie and Dick and Joann Serbousek. Their families
spent many hours together.
As the boys grew, Ben and Lou attended many sporting events, plays,
concerts and other activities involving their children.
Later she started working at the First National Bank in Atkinson and continued that work for almost thirty years. Her co-workers were like a second family to her.
Mary Lou coordinated "brown bag lunches," Christmas coffees and bus tours for customers. Lou was blessed with a cheery disposition that greeted people throughout the years at the bank.
She and Ben were participants on numerous Hay Days committees. They were both active in the Atkinson
Community Theater group in the 1980s where Lou was a member of their first board of directors. Her experience as a lifeguard in O'Neill and at
Wayne inspired Mom to become president of the Atkinson Park Board in the 1990s leading her to spearhead the construction of the new swimming pool complex.
In 2000 Mary Lou ran for city council as a write-in candidate. Upon
winning, she became one of the first women to hold a seat on the council
and held that seat until 2008.
Following several falls and increased medical issues, she moved to North Platte to be closer to family and has spent the last five years at the Centennial Park Nursing Home there.
Mary Lou enjoyed spending time with her many nieces and nephews. She was known as Grammy Lou or Grandma Lou to her grandchildren. She loved them all very much and cherished every moment with them. Lou loved playing bridge and bunco with her many friends and helped teach her boys and grandchildren the joy of pinochle.
She was a strong, proud woman with a caring heart. Mary Lou will be deeply missed by a host of relatives,
friends and neighbors.
Mary Lou is survived by five sons Tom (Beth) of Idaho Falls,Idaho, Jerry (Jeanne) of Wasilla, AL, Todd (Annette) of Wauwatosa,WI, Marty (Lisa) of North Platte and Chris of Hastings; 17 grandchildren Emily, Katie, Ben, Thomas, Will, Jack, Sara, Patrick, Laura, John, Matthew, Peter, Rebekah, Sam, Lauren, Ryan and Emma; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Rita Rome of Bellevue and Lois Gutchewsky of Omaha; one brother-in-law Len Troshynski of Guthrie Center, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ben, her parents John and Emma, two young brothers and one young sister.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.segerfuneralhome.net.