Ruth O’Brien, 1930-2017

Published 1:00 am Friday, November 17, 2017

Ruth Elaine (Noland) O’Brien, 87, Albert Lea passed peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

She was born to the Rev. Garold Bartley Noland and his wife, Lura Summerson Noland, on Jan. 19, 1930, in a farmhouse in Lincoln Township, Dallas County, Iowa. She was married to Alphonsus P. “Frank” O’Brien on Feb. 5, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1963, the family moved to Albert Lea to raise their 12 children. After surviving Stage 4 breast cancer in the late 1970s, Ruth returned to school to get her nursing license and began her career as a nurse at Naeve Hospital. She worked there until her retirement in 1995.

Ruth O’Brien

In her retirement, she spent countless hours volunteering in the hospital gift shop, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Pine Ridge Reservation mission trips, taking communion to the nursing homes, singing in the choir and being the best mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In recent years, she survived multiple myeloma and a previous femur fracture.

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Ruth is survived by her sisters Lurene Noland and Joyce Hoffman; her children Brendan O’Brien, his children Christine Salisbury (Fred) and their daughter, Linnea; Amy O’Brien and Michael (Corrine); Kerry O’Brien and her daughter, Alex; Maureen Frydenlund (John) and their children Angie Bolin and her children Alycia and Boston, Tony Frydenlund (Christian) and their son, Aksel; Brian’s children Joe O’Brien (Jaime) and their daughters Reagan and Riley, Heather (Garrett) and children, Rachel, Brooke, Harper, and Ben. Ryan O’Brien (Jessica) and their daughter, Orla; Paddy O’Brien (David) and their daughters Sarah Baldwin and Samantha Williams (Kyle); Laura Kim Forman (Joe) and their daughters Erica and Kelsey Forman; son-in-law, Mike Wetzel, and his and Kristy’s children Alex, Katie, and Francesca; Mary Grundhoefer and son, Jackson Faith, and his fiancee, Amie; Angela Greywitt (Rick) and their sons Rick (Amy), children Madison and Carter; Michael (Beth), their son, Jude; Sean (Ashley) and their children Logan and Corinne; Charlie and his fianee, Mariah; Allison Fauchier (Martin); and Shane O’Brien (Amy) and their children Erin, Sam and Shea.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; her parents; brother, Gary; sons Brian and Kevin O’Brien; daughter, Kristy O’Brien-Wetzel; and sons-in-law Charles Faith and Peter Grundhoefer.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bonnerup Funeral Home. A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday with a one-hour visitation prior to the service. Lunch will follow at Marian Hall. Interment will be after the lunch at St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the family or to the donor’s choice.