Virginia Estell O'Bryan
Apr 13, 1926 – Dec 21, 2016
VIRGINIA ESTELL O’BRYAN
Virginia “Ginny” Estell O’Bryan, 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday December 21, 2016, in Normandy Park, Washington.
Virginia was born on April 13, 1926 in Brookfield, Wisconsin to Raymond and Elsie Bartelt. She was the oldest of three children, a sister Elaine and brother August. Virginia’s father Raymond died in 1930 and Elsie later married Hugh Dougherty. Elsie and Hugh had six children: Ramona, Harvey, Danny, Sharon, Gordon and Hugh.
Virginia married the love of her life, Thomas Floyd O’Bryan on April 6th, 1948.
They were married for 55 years and resided in Federal Way, WA, following Tom’s tour in the U.S. Navy. Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed traveling; especially when she was behind the wheel of her car. She made many friendships along her life’s journey and always had a smile for a stranger and quick to strike up a conversation.
Virginia was a founding member of Saint Vincent Parish in Federal Way, and later an active member of Saint Philomena’s parish in Des Moines, WA. She loved her faith and parish life.
Virginia is survived by her five children; Teresa O’Bryan Wilson (Steve) of Wenatchee, Michael O’Bryan of Surprise, Arizona, Coleen DeDonato (Jim) of Auburn, Dennis O’Bryan (Kris) of Olympia, Shannon Decker (Chet) of North Bend,15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Tom, and brothers August and Hugh.
A Rosary service for Virginia will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 28th, at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home in Federal Way.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held the following day, Thursday, December 29th, at 10:00 am at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Des Moines. Interment will be held at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery following a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Philomena Catholic Church are welcomed.
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