LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dorothy J. (Harder) O'Brien, 75, died July 7, 2002, at her home in Long Beach, Calif.
She was born June 2, 1927, to George and Emma Harder in Lafayette, Colo. The family lived in Oxford and Benkelman, where she graduated from high school.
On April 9, 1944, she married Patrick J. O'Brien in St. Francis, Kan. The couple made their home on a farm north of Palisade until 1964 when they moved to California. She worked as a waitress, toy store department manager and a clerk at a bakery. She was also a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Wilbert Harder and Elmer Harder in infancy; and one sister Elma McDonald.
Survivors include her husband Pat; 11 children, Connie, Patrick, Jr., Lynn, Ann, William, Elizabeth, Tim, Carla, Karyl, Thomas and John; one sister, Lucille Harley of Salem, Ore.; two brothers, Albert and wife, Erma Harder of McCook and George Harder of Americus, Kan.; three sisters-in-law, Agnes Ostdiek and Mary Glasco of Benkelman and Twila O'Brien of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers-in-law, Leo O'Brien of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mark O'Brien of Warder, Wash.; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Burial Mass was at the St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress, Calif., July 11, 2002, with interment at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress.
The rosary was recited July 10, 2002, at the Luyben Family Mortuary in Bellflower, Calif.