Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Anne Q. O'Brien raised 13 children

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT MITCHELL - When Anne Quinn O'Brien's husband died in 1961, nine of her 13 children were under 18.

Intelligent and strong-willed, she went to work as nursing director at the old Covington-Kenton County Tuberculosis Sanitarium and finished raising her family on their 100-acre farm in Fort Mitchell.

"She was a hard worker - a good mother," said her son, James O'Brien of Erlanger. "I'm the fourth oldest and I was 18 when my father died, so she pretty well raised the rest of the family."

Born in Hopkins, Minn., she graduated from St. Mary School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn. Her son said she moved to Cincinnati because she wanted to live somewhere warmer than her hometown.

While working at St. Mary Hospital in Cincinnati, she met Dr. John W. O'Brien. They married, and Mrs. O'Brien left her nursing job to raise their family and help work the farm.

After he died, she worked for the sanitarium until the early 1970s, while continuing to run the family farm.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Patrick O'Brien in 1985 and Dennis O'Brien in 1980.

In addition to her son James, survivors include four other sons, John of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., Terry of Covington, Kevin of downtown Cincinnati and Matthew of Crestview Hills; six daughters, Bea Zeis of Florence, Ellen Whitman of Oakland, Calif., Anne Beck of Erlanger, Sheila Stacy of Crestview Hills, Mary White of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Tessie Suetholz of Fort Mitchell; and one sister, Josephine Quinn of Hopkins, Minn.

Services have been held. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.

Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

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