Virginia Ruth O'Brien Mar. 11, 1924 - May 5, 2014 ELKHART - Virginia Ruth O'Brien, 90, of Elkhart, Indiana, passed away Monday evening, May 5, 2014 at her home at Eastlake Terrace. She was born on March 11, 1924 in Elkhart, Indiana to Donald and Florence (Bailey) Hogendobler. She married James Joseph O'Brien on January 13, 1945 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. He passed away on November 2, 2003. In addition to her husband, a son Myles P. O'Brien, brothers Ellwood Hogendobler, James Hogan and a ½ brother Horace Hogendobler and infant twins preceded her in death. Surviving are her sons, James D. O'Brien, Michael P. (Nancy) O'Brien, Kevin E. (Janet) O'Brien, all of Elkhart and Timothy J. (Blanca) O'Brien of Hurst, Texas; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter and her sister Dorothy J. (James) Mullins of Elkhart. Virginia was a 1943 graduate of Elkhart High School. She then went on to work as an inspector for Studebaker at the proving grounds (now called Bendix Woods) for the "M-29 Weasel", a military vehicle the company was working on to be used in snow. It was there that her husband's father who also worked there introduced her to her future husband James. Virginia was a loving homemaker. She also was a home and private duty nurse for many years. She helped during the Palm Sunday Tornado's. She was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. She enjoyed making crafts, dolls and crocheting many Afghans, which she shared with family and friends. She was always willing to try new things, loved people, and enjoyed helping anyone she could. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. until Noon (12 o'clock) on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart. A procession will then leave the funeral home for the burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request memorials to Hospice Foundation 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or Humane Society of Elkhart Co. 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 8, 2014
Billings Funeral Home
812 Baldwin St Elkhart, IN 46514