MARTHA J. O'BRIEN, 84 BELVIDERE - Martha J. O'Brien, 84, of Belvidere, IL, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at OSF St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford, IL. She was born July 24, 1929, in Kirkwood, MO; the daughter of the late Francis and Martha (Schwade) Vogelgesang. She married James F. O'Brien on May 16, 1953, in Kirkwood, MO. Martha was a dedicated parishioner of St. James Catholic Church, a member of the Catholic Daughters, Friends of the Library and the Boone Co. Home Extension Group. She attended high school in Kirkwood, MO and went to Webster College. She was a bookkeeper at the IDA Public Library in Belvidere, IL from 1979 to 2004. She enjoyed gardening, reading books and spending time with her family. She is survived by her sons, James (Amy) O'Brien of Loves Park, IL and Mike (Janice) O'Brien of Belvidere, IL, grandchildren, Patrick and Kelly O'Brien also of Belvidere, IL. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Thomas Patrick O'Brien; and her twin brother, Francis Vogelgesang. There will be a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Belvidere Funeral Home in Belvidere, IL. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. led by Rev. Father Brian A. Geary of St. James Catholic Church. Interment in Belvidere Cemetery in Belvidere, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. James Catholic Church or the IDA Public Library. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.belviderefh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from July 16 to July 17, 2014