Jean Marie O’Brien

Jean Marie O’Brien, nee Closter, age 91, of Elmhurst, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones; native of New Rochelle, NY; graduate of Ursuline High School and College of New Rochelle by the age of 20; former employee with New York Bell in Manhattan and later Illinois Bell until her retirement in 1988; Beloved wife of the late George; loving mother of George O’Brien, Gabrielle (the late Byron) Evans, Sharon O’Brien, Bernadette O’Brien and Jean (Ernesto) Alvarez, and grandmother “Mamu” of James (Mallory) Evans, Christopher O’Brien, Megan and Kathleen Alvarez; cherished daughter of the late Frances and Florence Closter; dear sister of the late Francis X. Closter. Jean spent her youth enjoying her family and their farm. She would sell vegetables in the summer and apples and homemade cider in the fall from the from wall of the garden. As Jean reached adulthood during WWII she would often attend the USO dances, and then she met George O’Brien and filled the dance card for the rest of her life. They were married in 1951 and went to have 37 years together before George’s passing. Jean enjoyed her friends, lighthouses, pinochle (any kind of card games), and travel, both local car trips and overseas. She especially loved her travels to Spain and the Lladro factory which helped to foster her extensive collection of Lladro. Jean’s biggest joy was spending time wither with her family and grandchildren. She was a light in the family that will be deeply missed. Visitation Thursday, 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:15 a.m. until time of funeral 10:15 a.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. at Visitation Catholic Church. Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association National Office, 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago, IL 60601 – Attn Team BeeAmazing. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com


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VISITATION

Thursday

Apr

11

4:00 p.m. until 8 :00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

VISITATION

Friday

Apr

12

9:15 a.m. until 10:15 am.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

FUNERAL SERVICE

Friday

Apr

12

11:00 a.m. at
Visitation Catholic Church
779 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

INTERMENT

Friday

Apr

12

Following Mass
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162

MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the

Muscular Dystrophy Association National Office, 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago, IL 60601 – Attn Team BeeAmazing

https://mda.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=5667

 

5 comments on “Jean Marie O’Brien
  1. Donna Caperton says:

    One of the hardest things in life is losing your Mom. Over time though you will see that she is still with you in little thoughts and actions that you will notice When that happens it will make you smile.
    Love, Donna

  2. Bryan Konecki says:

    Four of a kind is a great poker hand but one of a kind (which she was) is unbeatable.

    Loved playing cards with “Jean the peek”. Loved making her laugh.

    Loved her.

    BK

  3. Chris Tenuta says:

    I am very sorry for your great loss Bee. My deepest condolences.

  4. Rosa Lockhart says:

    My sincere condolences on your loss. Love, Sissy (Rosa Lockhart)

  5. Clarice Hinsdale says:

    Bee O’Brien is a personal friend. I regret not making the time to meet her mother personally, but the bright light that Bee is in my life and for others around her attests to the kindness, caring and joy her mother passed on to her. “We become our mother”

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