Amelia O’Brien

October 14, 1919 - January 2, 2005

10/14/1919 - 01/02/2005

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Visitation
Sunday January 02, 2005
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
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Service
Tuesday January 04, 2005
10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church - Wheeling
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
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Cemetery
Tuesday January 04, 2005
11:30 am
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
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Visitation
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
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O’BRIEN, Amelia Gaines, wife of Frank A. O’Brien Sr., a resident of Welty Apartments, 1276 National Road, Wheeling, died Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 9 am, at home with all of her family at her bedside.
She was born in Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska on October 14th, 1919, the daughter of E.P. Gaines and Clara Varney Gaines. Following her early education in Nebraska Public Schools, she attended Duchesne College in Omaha, Nebraska from which institution she graduated in June, 1942. While in attendance at Duchesne College, she joined the Roman Catholic Church.
On June 1st, 1943, she was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps Woman’s Reserve, having on that date completed her basic training at Mount Holyoke College. Upon resigning her commission from the Marine Corps, she held the rank of First Lieutenant.
On December 27th, 1943, at St. Michael’s Church, then on Edgington Lane in Wheeling, she was united in marriage to Frank A. O’Brien Jr. Both the bride and groom wore their military uniforms during the ceremony. From that union, five children were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Helen Langer, a brother Edgar Varney Gaines, by her daughter Brigid, at the age of 6, on January 2nd, 1956, and her son, Frank A. O’Brien III, First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps Reserve, on March 24th, 1968, while in the service of his country in the Republic of Vietnam.
Surviving in addition to her husband, are three children, James P. O’Brien of Norfolk, VA, Mollie O’Brien Moore of Denver, CO, and Timothy P. O’Brien of Nashville, TN, the spouses of her children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Armed with a sharp wit and a generous heart, she was loved by those who knew her well and by those with whom she had only a passing acquaintance. She inspired many with her brave and well reasoned responses to life’s many trials. Fiercely proud of her Nebraska roots, she was also dedicated to Wheeling and its citizens and always strove to improve all with which she came into contact. Her personal and lasting involvement was widespread and included the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Junior League of Wheeling, the Board of the Wheeling Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Governer’s Commission for Health in West Virginia, and as trustee of the Ohio County Public Library. She assisted in the foundation of the original Hospice program in Wheeling, instructing the volunteers of the program. The successor organization of that Hospice, Valley Hospice, attended her care at the time of her death.
Friends will be received by members of the family at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Kruger Street, Elm Grove from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Monday, January 3rd, 2005, with a vigil service at 3:45 pm Monday afternoon. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Tuesday, January 4th, 2005 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1225 National Road , Wheeling, with the Rev. Anthony Cincinnatti as celebrant.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the charities she favored, the Frank A. O’Brien III Scholarship Fund at St. Mary’s University, the Brigid O’Brien Fund at the Foundation of the Ohio Valley, the Ohio County Public Library, or the Good Shepherd Nursing Home.

Frank A. O’Brien Scholarship Fund
St. Mary’s University
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9989

Brigid O’Brien Fund at the Foundation of the Ohio Valley
Heiskell Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003

Ohio County Public Library
52 16th Street
Wheeling WV 26003

Good Shepherd Nursing Home
159 Edgington Lane
Wheeling, WV 26003

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keesling
7 years ago

As friends of Jim O’Brien, we extend our sympathy on the death of his mother. She was clearly a strong influence on him and all those she met. She will be missed.

Rev. Charles B. Teufel
7 years ago

Beloved Family of Amelia,

I signed the guest book at the funeral home but I now see Amelia’s name on the Altmeyer web site. So once again I offer my sympathy to all of you. I am sure you will miss her. May she rest in peace.

God bless you.

Father Teufel

Welty Apartments 401

Paul & Sandy O'Keefe
7 years ago

Dear Jim and Diane,

Our hearts and prayers are with you on this sad occasion. Being with your Mother at her bedside just indicates your love and devotion to family. We are there in spirit with you.

Paul & Sandy O’Keefe

Kathleen Gibbs
7 years ago

Dear Mr. O’Brien, Tim, Mollie and Families:

I can’t pick out just one memory of your mother to write here – there are so many! All involved with growing up in Wheeling, with all its’ strengths and weaknesses. I know this condolence is very late – I really only found out about your mother’s death about a week ago and I am so sorry to hear about it. I pray she was peaceful, as it surely seems from the truly lovely obituary. I had forgotten she was in the Marines!

I hope, Mr. O’Brien, that you are doing well and recovering from this sadness in the best ways possible. Tim and Mollie, I think of you both often and hope that you and you families are well. I know you miss your Mom deeply. I still miss mine, every day, in some way. Funny, that. I wouldn’t have thought it would turn out that way.

Love and prayers,

Kathleen

Ruth/Jack Dorsey
7 years ago

Frank: Ruth and I want to express our condolences to you and your family on the loss of Amy.We always enjoyed talking with her,I can recall talking to her about her hip operation and mine,her having both done at one time,and I had two operations.We will remember her and your family at Mass Sunday. Ruth/Jack

John Clemont
7 years ago

My prayers go out to the O’Brien Family. I am sure you have suffered a great loss. May God be with you during this time, and knowing Mrs O’Brien she would want you to keep on keeping on.

John Clemont

Patricia Masters
7 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

Pat Masters

Monica Mikulski Angney
7 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with your wonderful family, she was a delightful woman.

John Cutliffe & Family
7 years ago

Our deepest sympathies to all the family. May you all get great consolation from a lifetime of great memories.

Michael Ramsey
7 years ago

Please understand that many, many folks will be remembering your family during the time of Mrs. O’Brien’s passing.

A bit of her life will live on through the lives of the family members who remain.

I pray that God will supply you with the grace, strength and comfort you will need.

God bless,

Michael Ramsey

Kathleen Orr
7 years ago

Tim and Mollie, and Mr. O’Brien: I remember Mrs. O”Brien with great fondness, she was a warm and fun grown-up toward a shy Girl Scout. As Mr. O’Brien reminded my Mom tonight, she even shared her sleeping bag with me on a camp-out…under uncomfortable circumstances for her! I don’t have a lot of fond memories of St. Michael’s but having Mollie for a friend and Mrs. O’brien as my Girl Scout leader were part of the good times. Mollie and Tim, I have enjoyed your music over the years. Whenever I visit the Viet-Nam memorial, I find your brother’s name and say a parayer. My heartfelt parayers are with you all as you lay her to rest. Sincerely, Kathleen Kate Orr

Heribert Ródenas & Maria Ricart
7 years ago

Tim, Kit and family,

It is with great sadness that we read about the passing of your beloved mother.

Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

florence hennen and e lee north
7 years ago

We loved Amy and Frank O’Brien! Lee played tennis with Amy and the Wheeling crowd truly the Friendly City… Amy was a fighter– we never knew she was a Marine!

Our sincerest condolences to Frank and all the family. She was one of the most wonderful people we ever met… florence and lee