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Obituary for Bette Jeanette O'Brien

January 21, 1923 - March 10, 2019
Woodstock, Illinois | Age 96

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Sister


Bette J. O'Brien, 96, of McHenry, died comfortably on March 10th, 2019, at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock. Born January 21, 1923, in McHenry, she is predeceased by her husband, William J. O'Brien and her brother Bernard (Bernie) Buss.

Bette was a selfless mother and homemaker, raising six children while working as a bookkeeper/accountant for various local businesses in McHenry, and as a secretary at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock. She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry and later Resurrection Catholic Church in Woodstock. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and was very active with the FISH charitable organization, an avid bowler, card player, and Chicago Cubs fan!

Survivors include her six children, Kathleen (Kitty) O'Brien of McHenry, Illinois, Susan (James) Cervantes of Jacksonville FL, John (Carol) O'Brien of Chalfont, PA, James (Mary) O'Brien of Woodstock, IL, Denis (Georgia) O'Brien of Woodstock, IL, and Daniel (Meg) O'Brien of Rock Falls, IL. She is survived also by her brother Edward (Joan) Buss of McHenry, IL and sisters Mary Reynolds of Burlington, WI, and Ella Jean Buss of East Lansing, MI. She is further survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last years and days: the staffs at Angels By Your Side, Sunrise Assisted Living, and Valley Hi Nursing Home.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11am at Resurrection Catholic Church, 2918 Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Comments from well wishers will be fondly appreciated at this link: 106919907
Donations for nursing education in Bette's name can be made at this link:

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