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Virginia "Ginny" O'Brien

February 7, 1923 October 10, 2020
Virginia "Ginny" O'Brien
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Obituary for Virginia "Ginny" O'Brien

Mary Virginia (Ginny) Carroll O’Brien passed away peacefully on Octo-ber 10, 2020.

Ginny was born on February 7, 1923, in Wheeling, West Virginia. Her parents were Dr. Frank and Mary (McNulty) Carroll.
Ginny was the oldest of the 4 Carroll girls. Kate, Nan and Sal all preced-ed her in death. What fun they had growing up on Howard Hill with all the other kids who affectionately became known as “The Howard Hill Gang”.

Ginny met the love of her life when she and Bill (William R O’Brien) were in grade school. After her graduation from Seton Hill College, and Bill’s graduation from The Naval Academy, they married on October 6, 1945. After Bill returned from Japan, they lived on Naval bases in Pensacola, FL, Norfolk, VA and Glenview, IL. Upon Bill’s retirement from the Navy, they returned to Wheeling. By that time they were raising their family of 4: Bill ( Vicky Kovari), Anne (Jim Morrissey), Bob (Alice Mason) and Cathy (Raelyne Jaye Steffy).

Because of her desire and ability to make new friends, Ginny was the consummate volunteer most notably at St. Joan Of Arc (Indianapolis, IN) and St. Regis (Birmingham, MI) parishes. She sang and directed choirs and musicals, den-mothered for Cub and Girl Scouts, worked “paper drives”, and worked with the Altar Society

Her friends - new and old, near and far - were extremely important to her. Whether visiting, talking on the phone, working, singing, lunching , or golfing with friends, Ginny was a delight! Constant throughout her life was her love of music. She sang like an angel, played the piano masterfully and loved her rehearsals and the planning - especially singing at nursing homes - with The Junior League Chorus, the Birmingham Musicale and the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs. She had fond memories of teaching music to grade school children at St. Regis in Birmingham and Immaculate Conception in Cleveland.

Ginny developed great individual relationships with her grandchildren, Todd, Jennifer, Nicholas, Lilliana, and Michael and most recently with her great grandchildren, Caroline, Katie, Christopher, Lizzie and Tori who affectionately called her “GG”. Grands and great grands brought her immeasurable happiness.

Over the past three years, Mom was able to live at home and enjoy life because of extraordinary caregiving. Karen, Jojo, and Amani were wonderful. These past 15 months and especially since Covid, Julie Schneider has been Mom’s angel - and Mom was Julie’s angel. They were meant to meet and to care deeply for one another. Julie has been a godsend for Mom and the family.

Ginny was a beloved Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great grandmother and friend. She was compassionate and talented. Relationships were her life: her family, her friends, her parish. As she began to approach her last days, she often said “I will miss you.” We are confident that she is enjoying the company of her beloveds who have gone before her and that she is with her friend, Jesus, and His Blessed Mother.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Regis Church, 3695 Lincoln, Bloomfield Hills, Monday, October 12th at 10:30am. Masks and social distancing will be required. The Mass will be Live Streamed:
-- Click on the "LIVE-STREAM" box

The family is hosting a Zoom Memorial Service on Saturday, October 24 at 12:00 noon EST. Please use this link to join the family:
Meeting ID: 829 7325 7859

Memorials appreciated to The IHM Sisters, 610 West Elm Avenue, Monroe MI 48162, or to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit MI 48207. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson, 248-435,0660.

The burial was recorded and is broken down into two parts. It can be viewed by following the links below:

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