Anna Marie O'Brien

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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.

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  1. Sympathy to Anna’s family.
    We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the funeral. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
    Rita and Dean

  2. We are very saddened to hear of the death of Anna. She always enjoyed my music. Some of her favorites were “Harper Valley PTA”, “Waltz of the Angels” and the “Chicken Polka”. I will always remember her when I play these songs. We are on a trip to Branson and so we will not be able to attend the services. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Tim “The Music Man”
    and Cindy Howland
    Protivin, Iowa

  3. Our deepest condolences are with you in your time of grief. May you continue to find comfort in the memories that you all shared together and get comfort from knowing one day Sickness will be no more and Death will be a thing of the past. In times of grief such as these, We find it comforting to meditate on the words found in the Bible at Job 14:14, 15. Job expressed his faith that God would bring him back to life if he should fall asleep in death as he said: All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you.” The scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunite with your loved one in the near future, right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. Psalms 37:10, 11 offers us this promise. Our sincere condolences to your entire family.

  4. To the Family of Anna O’Brien

    Remember the smiles…
    Cherish the moments…
    Find comfort in memories…
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time; as we mourn; we should also rejoice as she is embraced with her heavenly Father. Life has not ended it has merely changed and we will be together again someday soon.
    In Faith,
    Di and Reecee Kovarik

  5. Denny, Ann & Family, I am so sad and miss Anna so much. We enjoyed being roomates. We shared many thoughts & chatted as friends each day. We thought of each other with cards, treats, kind words, small gifts, all cherished and heartfelt. May God Bless You All with Strength and Peace. Thank You for all the kindness you have shown me. I appreciate it dearly. Dorothy V.

  6. Denny, Ann & Family, We are so saddened to hear of Anna’s passing. Every time we came to see Mom, we visited with Anna too. She was watching “Days”, loved to visit and always had Wit, Sass & a Smile. She would say she wanted to go home. I would smile and say,”Of course you do.” Then she would nod & smile. Loved her sweet tooth. She will be missed and remembered. God Bless you All. May prayers & God Grant You Strength & Peace. Deb & Don M.

    wit, Sass and a smile. May God Give you strength & peace during your loss

  7. My sympathy to all the family. We just have to remember all our great memories and laughs. Love to All!!! Fran

  8. My sympathy to all the O’Brien family…Was nice to see all of you when Anna was in Rochester; although sorry for the circumstances for us to have to be there at that time. Through the years I remember all of you with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. We were sorry to hear that Aunt Anna had passed. You are in our prayers.

    I am sorry we will not be able to make it. Take care of yourselves.

    The Sadler Family; Mike and Julie

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