Delores O’Brien, 78, of Cascade passed away peacefully at her home March 26, after a long illness.
Friends and relatives of Delores called from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 29, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade.
A mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Cascade, with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating and Rev. Mark Osterhaus concelebrating. Eucharistic Ministers were Sr. Kathy Knipper and Karen Koopmann. Lectors were John O’Brien and Sr. Rita Goedken. Placing the pall were Terry O’Brien, John O’Brien, Sue Trumm, Beth Parrott and Mark O’Brien. Giftbearers were Ellie O’Brien, Maggie and Danny Trumm. The services were live streamed on the St. Thomas Aquinas Facebook page. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.
Honorary pallbearers were Rita Manternach, Nikki Manternach, Lois Manternach, Toots Reittinger, Alice Schilling, Myrna Bagge, Eileen Thier, Darlene Meyer, Carol Clemen and Doris Kramer. Casketbearers were Burke O’Brien and Gavin O’Brien, Parker, Jarred, John and Michael Trumm, Keaton and Rhett Parrott.
Delores was born Jan. 9, 1943, in Petersburg, daughter of Alfred and Loretta (Koch) Goedken. She married Terry O’Brien May 6, 1967, in Petersburg. Together they raised their family on a farm in Fillmore.
Delores dedicated her life to faith, family and generosity. Delores loved gardening and sharing her produce with others, especially jams and canned goods. She enjoyed volunteering countless hours at Aquin Elementary library and Sacred Heart-Fillmore Parish. She was known for sending cards for all occasions and comforting those in need. Delores devoted many years to collecting items in her garage to support the Excel Community Center in Morton, Miss., and loved spending time with grandkids, scrapbooking, playing cards and cleaning.
Survivors include her husband, Terry; children: John O’Brien, Sue (Jay) Trumm, Beth (Bari) Parrott, Mark (Val) O’Brien; grandchildren: Burke, Ellie and Gavin O’Brien, Parker, Jarred, John, Michael, Maggie and Danny Trumm, Grace, Lilly, Keaton and Rhett Parrott, and Scarlett O’Brien; siblings: Dale Goedken, Delaine (Paul) Knipper, Sr. Rita Goedken, Dennis (Ann) Goedken and Charlie (Patrice) Goedken; former daughter-in-law, Jeanette O’Brien; in-laws: Donald Burkle, Lisa Goedken, Rex and Kay Gogerty, Mary Ann O’Brien, Maurna O’Brien, Lois Schlegel, Mike and Joyce O’Brien, Joe O’Brien, Nikki Manternach, Bob and Deb Green.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Floyd and Doris Goedken, Urban and Joan Pasker, Sr. Angela Goedken, Lois Burkle, Deacon Martin Goedken and David Goedken in infancy; in-laws: Earl and Grace O’Brien, Earl and Elaine O’Brien, Ralph O’Brien, George O’Brien, Pat and Ann O’Brien, Irwin and Joannel McDermott, Rich Schlegel, Monie O’Brien and Steve O’Brien.
The O’Brien family would like to extend special gratitude to Sherry Kelchen (ARNP) and the staff of Cascade Family Health Center, Dr. Engelman (Mercy One), and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and kindness to Mom. Many thanks for the generous acts of kindness and prayers extended to Mom throughout her difficult journey.
Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Delores O’Brien family at P.O. Box 430, Cascade, Iowa 52033. A video tribute may be viewed and online condolences left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com