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Edna B. (Ellenbecker) Powers

September 7, 1926 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 95)


Edna B. Powers, 95, Wausau, died Friday January 7, 2022 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by her loving family.


She was born September 7, 1926 in Athens, daughter of the late Alex Sr. and Mary (Vesely) Ellenbecker.  On April 22, 1950 she married Richard “Dick” Powers at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.  He preceded her in death May 15, 1992.


Edna was a longtime active member of St. Michael Catholic Church where she helped with funeral dinners, sang in the choir, cleaned the church and was an assistant cook at the parish school.  She was also a member of St. Michael Rosary Society, the Parish Council of Catholic Women and also won a chili cook off in the church competition.  Among her other involvements, Edna cooked at the Warming Center and volunteered at the Salvation Army.  She was also an Honorary Member of the Paper Cities Kennel Club and the Secular Franciscans.


Some of her favorite hobbies include embroidery, creating yarn hangers, baking, listening to baseball games as she was an avid Brewer and Packer fan.  Edna enjoyed listening to baseball games while her husband Dick was fishing.


Survivors include her children, Barb Powers, Wausau, Michael Powers, Wausau, Patrick (Karyn) Powers, Wausau, Mary (Steve) Strasser, Gulliver, Mich and Joseph Powers, Wausau.; five grandchildren, Jason Powers, Alyssa, Brodie, Cayla, Dylan Strasser; sisters-in-law, Hattie Ellenbecker, Athens, Sally Ellenbecker, San Diego.


Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Alex Jr., Anthony and Sylvester Ellenbecker and Olyne Okray.


A Funeral Mass will be announced at a later date at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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