Kathryn O'Brien, 78, mother of Spring Valley resident
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:47 AM
Kathryn O'Brien, 78, of Cresco, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home.
Kathryn Lillian Harris was born Sept. 17, 1935, to William and Georgina (Phinney) Harris in Howard County, Iowa.
On Oct. 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Gervase O'Brien at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their 10 children.
She loved farming and gardening, always making sure her potatoes were planted on Good Friday, including this year. On St. Patrick's Day, she liked to enjoy a glass of green beer to show off her Irish heritage. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the rosary society. Her children, grandchildren and family meant the world to her.
She is survived by her children, Sue (Bill) Puffer of Spring Valley, daughter-in-law, Linda O'Brien of Cresco, Iowa, Terri (Al) deNeui of Waverly, Iowa, Rick (Cheri) O'Brien of Cresco, Iowa, Donna (Rick) Jensen of Guttenburg, Iowa, Sherry (Damon) Gragert of Lime Springs, Iowa, Russell (Kimberly) O'Brien of Cresco, Iowa, Tom (Bev) O'Brien of Cresco, Iowa, Sandra (Jeremy) Cornwell of Osage, Iowa, and Kathy (Darin) Ferrie of Cresco, Iowa; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with three on the way; a great-great-grandchild; four stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren with one on the way and siblings, George M. Harris of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Fred (Lucille) Harris of Waterloo, Iowa.
Preceding Kathryn in death are her husband, Gervase; son, Dave and three brothers, John, Francis and Roger Harris.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 26, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, Iowa. Burial took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.