Donna O'Brien
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Donna O'Brien

Tempe - Donna O'Brien passed away peacefully on June 3rd, 2021.

Donna was born in Joliet, Illinois. She attended St. Francis Academy in 1969 and graduated from Joliet Junior College in 1972. Donna was very devoted to God and her Catholic religion. Donna moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1999. She retired from healthcare.

Donna loved and enjoyed her life in Arizona with her beloved husband. They loved to pray, gold, swim and walk their dogs together. During Christmas time Donna and her husband Jack loved dressing up as Mr. & Mrs. Claus and spend time with their families.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents Donald and Florence Paul, one sister Debby Fox, and sister-in-law Marilynn Spencer.

Donna is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years, Jack. She is also survived by stepdaughter Kelly O'Brien, step-grandchildren Alexa, Lyndsi, and Nikolas; two sisters; Sara Kollman and Judi Cohen; nieces, Shelly, Sandy, Sharon, Jennifer, Avia, Melissa, Lynn Litwicki (Larry), Lesley Grzetich (Jim), Dawn Spencer, Kelly Sefcik (Andy), and Tammy Fields; nephews; Scott, George Spencer (Julie), and Shawn O'Brien (Jennifer) and numerous cousins.

Services will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at a later date.




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 4 to Jun. 8, 2021.
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June 8, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
June 7, 2021
RIP to my Aunt Donna. I have so many memories. My favorite has to be OAT (Ood person). We called each other that all the time. I once put post it notes all over her house with OAT sayings like 'have you hugged your oat today?' or, ' only OATS can prevent forest fires". My guess is she never even found them all. She is at peace now with her parents, Pope Don Paul and Yoy, as well as baby sister Debbie. Until we meet again....
Shelley Beverly
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