ST. PAUL — Cleo O’Brien, 95, of St. Paul died at 7:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
She was born Feb. 15, 1915, at Walnut to William Joseph and Anastasia (O’Rourke) Duling. She grew up in the rural Walnut area and graduated from St. Francis High School in St. Paul.
On May 5, 1936, she married Joseph Andrew “Joe” O’Brien at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. They farmed in the rural St. Paul area and operated the O’Brien rock crusher business for many years. Mr. O’Brien preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1970.
Mrs. O’Brien was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She was a member and past regent of St. Luke’s Circle No. 239, Daughters of Isabella.
Survivors include eight sons, Felix O’Brien and his wife, Joyce, Owen O’Brien and his wife, Jean, Jay O’Brien and his wife, Mauricia, Martin O’Brien and his wife, Vicki, all of St. Paul, Dennis O’Brien and his wife, Marilyn, of Parsons, Bob O’Brien and his wife, Patty, of Chetopa, Lou O’Brien and his wife, Karen, of Altamont and Gene O’Brien and his wife, Letty, of Denver; seven daughters, Jolene Born and her husband, Ed, of St. Paul, Margaret O’Toole and her husband, Jim, of Girard, Julia Peter and her husband, Dave, of Chanute, Virginia Heere and her husband, Rick, of Lawrence, Rose Mary Debler of Tulsa, Elizabeth Holt and her husband, Jeff, of Eagle River, Alaska, and Lou Ann Fike and her husband, Dennis, of Westmoreland; 48 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Patricia Riley of Seattle and Joan Mengarelli of Granger, Wash.
She also was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters and a granddaughter.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.
The Daughters of Isabella will recite the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Mission Retirement Village Chapel. The parish will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul, after which the casket will be moved to Prairie Mission Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Osage Mission Historical Museum. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.