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Martha B. Power

July 9, 1928 November 27, 2019
Martha B. Power
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Martha B. Power, age 91, a resident of Lisle, IL, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019 at her Lisle home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on July 9, 1928 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Martha is survived by her daughters Nuala (Michael Winters) Power, Moira (Lawrence) Ariano, Kathleen (Martin) Ariano, Theresa (Brian) Severson, and Patricia (Christian) Moore; grandchildren Adam (Colleen Correll) Ariano, Alec (Ryann) Ariano, Evan (Margeaux) Ariano, Nicholas Ariano, Lauren (Matthew) Paul, Nathan Ariano, Sara Severson, Abigail Severson, Christian Moore Jr., Liam Moore, and Margaret Moore; she also leaves behind 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family spread throughout the world.

She is preceded in death by her husband William Power; parents Catherine and Bernard Toolan; grandson Erik Severson; her 10 siblings.

Martha was born in Belfast, Ireland, but dreamed for more. She worked in a seamstress factory and saved to gain ocean passage to Canada to have a better life. Her husband Bill shortly followed leaving family and friends to share in a new life together.

Though Martha only had an 8th grade education, she was well read and articulate. She enjoyed performing in local theater. Martha and Bill raised five girls, who were all college educated and independent; they were her proudest achievement. Bill and Erik are with her now.

She was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 36 N Ellsworth St. Naperville, IL 60540.

For those wishing to leave a lasting tribute to Martha’s memory, donations in lieu of flowers to Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 490, Chicago, IL 60604, (800)826-3632,, would be welcome.

Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

For more information, please call (630)355-0213.

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Memorial Mass of Christian Burial




9:30 AM 12/14/2019 9:30:00 AM
SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

36 N. Ellsworth Street
Naperville, IL 60540

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
36 N. Ellsworth Street Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 490
Chicago, IL 60604

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