Rosemary M. Skrupa of Omaha believed in public service.
She was on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents from 1988 to 2000 and the Omaha Public Power District board for five years, beginning in 1974.
She was the first woman elected to the OPPD board and its first woman president.
She also had a 40-year career with Credit Advisors, a credit counseling company she and her husband owned and operated.
Skrupa, 83, died Wednesday at the Nebraska Medical Center after a long illness, said her daughter, Eleanor “Sam” Hohman of Omaha.
Although Skrupa's roles as a regent and with OPPD are more widely known, her work at Credit Advisors was “revolutionary,” Hohman said.
The company, begun in the pre-credit card days, helped consumers defend themselves against overly zealous creditors, she said. Her mother, who also was a lawyer, helped write laws on credit counseling nationwide.
The Skrupas also started the nonprofit Credit Advisors Foundation.
Rosemary Skrupa was named an acting judge on the old Omaha Municipal Court in 1979, holding the post until 1983. She also was the first woman elected to the American Public Power Association Board.
As a regent, “she was a very good proponent” for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, her daughter said.
Besides her professional and political careers, Skrupa was president of the Christ Child Society board and served on the YWCA board.
She graduated from the now-closed Duchesne College in Omaha and Creighton University School of Law.
Before attending law school, she taught at St. Bernard Elementary School, the former Horace Mann Junior High and Lothrop Elementary (now called Lothrop Magnet Elementary), all in Omaha.
Skrupa began her law career as deputy county attorney for Hall County in her hometown of Grand Island, Neb.
Besides her daughter, other survivors include her husband of 55 years, Frank C. Skrupa of Omaha; sons Frank X. Skrupa and Carlo A. Skrupa, both of Omaha; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3535 S. 119th St. A vigil service will follow at 7 p.m.
Her funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.