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Helen T. O’Brien 1930-2008

Feb 19, 2008

Helen Therese (Lorig) O’Brien of Des Moines, and formerly of Emmetsburg, passed from this life on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 at the age of 77 years, two months and 22 days.

She had been residing in Des Moines at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Andrew, for nearly ten years, following the onset of a long term illness known as Picks disease.

Helen was born in Emmetsburg on Nov. 22, 1930, to Fred Lorig and Mildred Ferguson. She enjoyed life immensely. Helen loved to dance, laugh and play cards with friends and family. She was employed by Brenton Bank for much of her adult life.

Helen is survived by her children, Daniel (LuAnn) O’Brien, Therese Elsbecker, Joan (Andrew Lietzow) O’Brien, James O’Brien and Michael (Gayle) O’Brien; sister, Lois (Hugh) Neary; grandchildren, Joe, Jason, Janell, Jeff, Katie, Andy, Lisa, Hannah, Drew, Becca, Connor, Carter, Brady and Kasey; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 33 years, Wm. Dean O’Brien; sister, Mary Kliegl; and her son-in-law, Paul Elsbecker.

A wake will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Holy Family Catholic Church/School in Emmetsburg, Hospice of Central Iowa or The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias.

Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines is handling local arrangements.