Carmen J. Obrien

Monday, November 7, 2022

Carmen J. Obrien, 101, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Florida. She was a long-time resident of Jacksonville, Florida.

Carmen was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Hildagard and Henry James Schlesser. She was the oldest of five children. Siblings Phyllis and Darlene predeceased her in death. A brother, Robert Schlesser, and a sister, Dolores Arens, of Le Mars, survive her.

Carmen graduated from Maurice High School in Maurice. Carmen worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, and later received a scholarship to attend nursing school in Chicago, Illinois.

Carmen received a certificate of Graduate Nurse from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. After graduation, Carmen enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Nurse Corp and served during WWII. During her career she worked as a charge nurse in hospital and clinical settings in New Jersey.

In 1977, she retired to Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Eugene Obrien. She was very active in community service work and volunteered her time serving in many ministries at St. Joseph’s Parish.

Predeceased in death are Eugene, her husband and Paul Robert, her son. She is survived by one son, William A. Thomas and one daughter, Patricia C. and two grandsons (William and Francis) and three granddaughters (Mary, Jean, and Lisa) and 10 great-grandchildren, and 15 nephews and three nieces.

She will be truly missed by her beloved family and all her dear friends. Her life was centered on volunteering to help others in need and serving the St. Joseph’s Parish for over 40 years. Her strong will, persistence and faithful example inspired many people throughout her life.

Visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Marion Chapel, 11757 Old Saint Augustine Road, Jacksonville, Florida. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with a luncheon at the Cody Center on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church.