Joann J. O’Brien, 84, Overbroook: June 24, 1935 – June 2, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Joann J. O’Brien, 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 24, 1935, in Topeka, the daughter of Earl and Gertie Avey Barngrover.

Joann was raised in the Wakarusa community and had lived in Overbrook, Kan., since 1969.

Joann had worked for Social Security for several years. She was a founding member of the Grace Community Church, Overbrook, where she was a Sunday school teacher, part of the Card Ministry and Pocket Cross. She was a member of the Topeka Ski Club, Red Hat Ladies and Overbrook Pride.

Joann was married to Wayne O’Brien, June 20, 1969, in Pauline, Kan.

Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, on May 27, 2019; daughter, Jamie Ullery, Jan. 18, 2013; grandson, Alex O’Brien; parents, Earl and Gertie; and two sisters, Maureen Waetzig and Glee Reed.

Joann is survived by her three children, Kim Davis, of Scranton, Kan., and Kimberly O’Brien and Patrick O’Brien, both of Lawrence, Kan.; brother, Richard Barngrover, Topeka; and eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Grace Community Church, Overbrook. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Overbrook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions for Joann may be made to Midland Hospice House or Overbrook Pride (for a memorial bench in memory of Joann and Wayne), sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.


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