Virginia Estell O'Bryan

Apr 13, 1926 – Dec 21, 2016

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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. 


Harvey & Germaine Dougherty
Givens Hot Spgs, ID
Jan 3, 2017

You are in our prayers. We will miss her as she was the link to all family members. She always graciously accepted us into her home. I will miss her phone calls on our birthdays especially giving Harvey a bad time. I know she is no longer in pain. Harvey & Geri

Shannon M. Decker
North Bend, WA
Dec 30, 2016

Miss you terribly Mom, Love you so much!

Chuck E. Ledbetter, Sr.
Charlestown, IN
Dec 28, 2016

Kay and I, extend our deepest condolences to aunt Virginia's family, Teresa, Coleen, Shannon, Michael and Dennis.

May you find solace in the inspiring memories your mother left for you to cherish in your minds and hearts in days to come.

God bless you and keep you in this your hour of sorrow. May her soul rest in everlasting peace and may our heavenly Father grant solace and consolation to the family.

God Bless.

Chuck and Kay

Joe & Samantha Schumacher
Pullman, WA
Dec 28, 2016

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. This is a beautiful obituary with beautiful photos, for a wonderful woman. We only saw Virginia a few times at family functions. However her smile is one we will never forget. Especially when her Great-Grandchildren were snuggling next to her for photos. Our sincere condolences are with you all of you during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Sam & Joe

larry and carole ledbetter
bowling green, ky
Dec 28, 2016

your in our prayers

Sarasota, FL
Dec 27, 2016

Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of grief. My hope is that the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort, when he stated that "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5: 28, 29). We can also take comfort in God's personal promise to "wipe out every tear" and that soon, even "death will be no more" (Revelation 21: 4).

Deana Miller
Snoqualmie, Wa
Dec 26, 2016

We're so sorry for your lose. I hope your wonderful memories will give you peace in your time of grief. God bless. The Millers.

Coleen Dedonato
Auburn , WA
Dec 26, 2016

Dear Mom

Even though I will not be able to talk or see you every day, my memories of you will remain in my heart forever. You are at peace, no no more suffering. To my dearest friend I will miss you so much but I know you will be with me always. May God bless you and keep you. From your loving daughter always. Hugs and kisses Coleen

Deacon Jerry & Trese Graddon
Des Moines, WA
Dec 26, 2016

A woman of poise...and determined in purpose.

Loving Jesus by loving his Mother Mary.

A living saint.

Shalom Virginia

Sue Davis
Tacoma , WA
Dec 26, 2016

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