Mary Grace O’Brien


Mary Grace O’Brien, age 97 of Le Sueur and St. Thomas, died on Friday, November 2, 2018 at
the Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday,
November 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 7, at the Kolden
Funeral Home beginning with a 4:00 p.m. C.C.W. Rosary and concluding with a 8:00 p.m. Vigil
Service. Visitation will continue on Thursday morning at the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. until
10:15 a.m. Following the Mass, burial will take place immediately at St. Thomas Catholic
Cemetery in St. Thomas, MN. A lunch will be served at St. Anne’s School following Mass and
also following the burial services.
Mary Grace was born on October 2, 1921 to Timothy & Alice (Halloran) Burns in St. Thomas,
MN. She attended County School near St. Thomas and graduated from Le Sueur High School in
1938. She taught in country school, (1 st – 8 th grade) after attending Normal School and before
she married Francis O’Brien on July 17, 1945 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas.
Mary Grace and Francis lived on a farm and raised there family near her childhood farm.
Education was very important to Mary Grace. She later attended and received her Bachelor’s
Degree from Mankato State College. She was a long time member of the St. Anne’s C.C.W, St.
Thomas & St. Anne’s choirs, life time member of the Le Sueur Historical Society, along with
teaching in 4-H and many bible study groups. She wrote the St. Thomas News for the Belle
Plaine Paper for over 50 years, a job she inherited from her Mother who had started writing it in
1906. She enjoyed her time with family and friends, whether with card games, knitting, sewing,
canning, baking, and crafts.
She is survived by her children; Annette (Edward) Rasmussen of Le Sueur, MN, Arlene (Pat)
O’Brien-Finn of Eden Prairie, MN; Mary Devine of Le Sueur, MN; Mike (Sue) O’Brien of Le
Sueur, MN; Joseph (Becky) O’Brien of Enon, OH and Ron O’Brien and Stephanie Boone of
Hastings, MN; brother, Edward (Eileen) Burns of Lake Havasu City, AZ and sister-in-law;
Rosemary Burns of Le Sueur, MN. 12 Grandchildren, Stephanie McElroy, Jennifer (Matt)
Johnson, Brad (Sheryl) Boren, Josh (Heather) Kinkeade, John (Sarah) Kinkeade, Jessica
(Horacio) O’Brien-Ferres, Matthew O’Brien-Devine, Angela Devine-Wilmes, Sarah (Nick)
Shouts, John Devine, Angela Green, Nick (Becki) O’Brien. 22 Great-grandchildren and 1 Great-
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Madelyne Wolff, Mildred Graham, Alice
Hoehn, Kathleen Fogarty, Jack Burns, Timothy Burns and former husband, Francis O’Brien.

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