Cleo O'Brien St. Paul
A funeral Mass for Cleo O’Brien, 95, St. Paul, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will follow in the St. Francis Cemetery.
Mrs. O’Brien died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
She was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Walnut, the daughter of William Joseph and Anastasia O’Rourke Duling. She grew up in the rural Walnut area and graduated from the St. Francis High School in St. Paul.
Mrs. O’Brien and her husband farmed in the rural St. Paul area and operated the O’Brien Rock Crusher business for many years. She was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and of the Altar Society. Mrs. O’Brien was a member and past regent of St. Luke’s Circle No. 239, Daughters of Isabella.
She married Joseph Andrew “Joe” O’Brien on May 5, 1936, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. He preceded her in death Nov. 17, 1970.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters and a granddaughter.
Survivors include eight sons, Felix O’Brien and wife Joyce, St. Paul, Owen O’Brien and wife Jean, St. Paul, Jay O’Brien and wife Mauricia, St. Paul, Bob O’Brien and wife Patty, Chetopa, Gene O’Brien and wife Letty, Denver, Lou O’Brien and wife Karen, Altamont, Dennis O’Brien and wife Marilyn, Parsons, and Martin O’Brien and wife Vicki, St. Paul; seven daughters, Jolene Born and husband Ed, St. Paul, Margaret O’Toole and husband Jim, Girard, Rose Mary Debler, Tulsa, Okla., Julia Peter and husband Dave, Chanute, Virginia Heere and husband Rick, Lawrence, Elizabeth Holt and husband Jeff, Eagle River, Alaska, and Lou Ann Fike and husband Dennis, Westmoreland; 48 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Patricia Riley, Seattle, and Joan Mengarelli, Granger, Wash.
The Daughters of Isabella will recite the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Prairie Mission Chapel. A parish rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Francis Church.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul, after which the casket will be moved to the Prairie Mission Chapel.
The family suggests memorials to the Osage Mission Historical Museum, sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.