Mary Grace OBrien

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Mary Grace O'Brien

October 02, 1921 - November 02, 2018

Mary Grace O'Brien, 97 of Le Sueur and St. Thomas, died on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation, Wednesday, November 7, Kolden Funeral Home, Le Sueur beginning with a 4:00 p.m. C.C.W. Rosary and concluding with a 8:00 p.m. Vigil Service. Visitation continues on Thursday morning at the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Following Mass, burial will take place immediately at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in St. Thomas, MN. A lunch will be served at St. Anne's School following Mass and also following the burial services.
Mary Grace was born on October 2, 1921 to Timothy & Alice (Halloran) Burns in St. Thomas, MN. She attended County School near St. Thomas and graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1938. She taught in country school, (1st - 8th grade) after attending Normal School and before she married Francis O'Brien on July 17, 1945 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas. Mary Grace and Francis lived on a farm and raised there family near her childhood farm. Education was very important to Mary Grace. She later attended and received her Bachelor's Degree from Mankato State College. She was a long time member of the St. Anne's C.C.W, St. Thomas & St. Anne's choirs, life time member of the Le Sueur Historical Society, along with teaching in 4-H and many bible study groups. She wrote the St. Thomas News for the Belle Plaine Paper for over 50 years, a job she inherited from her Mother who had started writing it in 1906. She enjoyed her time with family and friends, whether with card games, knitting, sewing, canning, baking, and crafts.
She is survived by her children; Annette (Edward) Rasmussen of Le Sueur, MN, Arlene (Pat) O'Brien-Finn of Eden Prairie, MN; Mary Devine of Le Sueur, MN; Mike (Sue) O'Brien of Le Sueur, MN; Joseph (Becky) O'Brien of Enon, OH and Ron O'Brien and Stephanie Boone of Hastings, MN; brother, Edward (Eileen) Burns of Lake Havasu City, AZ and sister-in-law; Rosemary Burns of Le Sueur, MN. 12 Grandchildren, 22 Great-grandchildren and 1 Great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Madelyne Wolff, Mildred Graham, Alice Hoehn, Kathleen Fogarty, Jack Burns, Timothy Burns and former husband, Francis O'Brien
Published on November 4, 2018
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