Joan M. O’Brien

December 29, 1925 - July 18, 2009

12/29/1925 - 07/18/2009

O’BRIEN, Joan Mary Hickey, 83, of Wheeling, died Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.
Joan was born December 29, 1925 in New York City, N.Y., a daughter of the late Jack and Catherine Lawless Hickey. She was the manager of O’Brien’s Rent-All and Sales Inc., Wheeling and was a Catholic by faith. Joan enjoyed her business and the people with whom she did business with; and was a lover of all animals, especially her dogs and horses.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William O’Brien in 1995.
She loved dearly her surviving six children; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation. Funeral services and interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio County Animal Shelter, 7011 National Road, Triadelphia, WV 26059.
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William P.O'Brien V
8 years ago

Dear grandma I will miss you forever even though are families were across the u.s and we did not see each other much witch I regret. you were always in my thoughts. I no you are in a better place with the man that loved you for so long I hope you can be at peace now and enjoy the glory that is in heaven with your husband bill and my bother Danny and so many of the people we have all cared about that have passed. See you all there so but hopefully not to soon.

Catherine O'Brien
8 years ago

Dear Mom. I’ll carry loving memories and thoughts of you in my heart forever. Until we meet again, enjoy the wonderful company of some of the greatest souls ever!

Sla’n go foi’ll! Goodbye for now!

Your loving daughter, Catherine

Pete & Erin Cuffaro
8 years ago

Dear Sean and Family:

Sorry to hear about your mother.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Your mother was one of a kind. I really respected her. When thinking of her, a smile will always come across my face. She was one tough cookie! Like any woman from her era, she was the backbone of the family. She lived her life as she professed it. Like your father, she believed that you could never accomplish anything in life without hard work. She believed in the three F’s of Life: Faith; Family and Friends and was so dedicated to all three. She was a product of her time and the environment that she grew up in.

I would occasionally kid her about politics and other things and she would raise that fist of her and with a chuckle, would tell me, “Okay Pete, I hear you! That’s enough!”

What can we do to honor your mother’s memory?

Carry on her philosophies of hard work, dedication to Faith, Family and Friends which she so lovingly passed along to you by passing these virtues onto your children and grandchildren and remind them everyday of where they came from.

Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

With deepest sympathy,


Lee Ann Speare
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since we were all hiking between Long Vue Acres, Boy Scout Camp and Clinton Hills. Your MOM was a wonderful lady.

Lee Ann Speare

Bill O'Brien
8 years ago

Mom, I will always love you! If only I could set the clock back in time and we could be closer.Im sure Dad was waiting for you. LOVE always your son Bill Jr.

M Patricia OBrien
8 years ago

My dear Mother-

You put up one heck of a fight and now you can rest. I know you had Nanna,Poppa,Dad,John,Bobby and Aunt Mae waiting for you with loving arms and a Mitch Miller sign along album up there for you.

All my love, number two daughter -Pat

Diane O'Brien
8 years ago

Our life is but a birth and a forgetting–the life that rises with us–our life star–hath had elsewhere its setting and cometh from afar–not in entire forgetfulness and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory to we come from God–who is our home. ~~William Wordsworth

May peace be with you all at this most difficult time–with my love, Diane