Anna Marie O'Brien
December 26, 1928 ~ March 11, 2013
Anna Marie O'Brien, age 84, of Elma, Iowa died on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Anna Marie Shock was born on December 26, 1928 to William and Alice (Green) Shock at home near Schley, IA. She worked at Woolworth’s in Waterloo until she was united in marriage to Edward O’Brien on June 3, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. Anna helped her husband farm near Acme for 21 years. Later, the couple moved to a farm west of Elma where they farmed for 31 years and the farm is now the Produce Auction facility. Upon retirement in 1999, they moved to Elma. Anna loved to feed the community with her garden produce. She also enjoyed Polka dancing, music, playing cards and driving Mennonite families. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Immaculate Conception Rosary Society. Anna is survived by her children, Patricia (Donald) Loomer of Sumner, IA, Janiece (Randy) Pickar of St. Ansgar, IA, Dennis (Ann) O’Brien of Elma and Daniel (Barbara) O’Brien also of Elma; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dewayne and Elizabeth Kruger of Waterloo and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward in 2005; five brothers, Charley, John, Bob, Ray and Bill and one sister, Alice Urban. Cemetery: Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery at Elma. Memorials may be directed to Anna's family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, March 15, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30pm Rosary and a 7:30pm Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Steve Garner celebrating.