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Obituary: Mary Alice O'Bryan, Columbus

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Mary Alice O’Bryan, 88, the last of the passionate Pesch sisters from Plymouth, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 8:50 a.m. at Four Seasons Health Care Center in Columbus, IN.

Mrs. O’Bryan was born April 14, 1924, in Plymouth, IN, the daughter of the late Leo and Dorothy Harris Pesch. She married Dr. Richard B. O’Bryan August 25, 1945, in Plymouth, and he survives.

Mrs. O’Bryan received her nursing degree in 1945 from Indiana University. She was a loving mother and homemaker and she assisted her husband in his medical practice.

She and her husband raised their family in Columbus for 30 years. They moved to Sarasota, FL, where they resided for 30 years before returning to Columbus in 2009.

Mrs. O’Bryan was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus, Tri Kappa Sorority and Bridge Club. She enjoyed reading, pottery, belly dancing and Happy Hour.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Seymour, IN, with Father Dan Staublin officiating. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Inurnment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

An Irish Wake will follow the services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Patti Fleming’s home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences to Mrs. O’Bryan’s family may be submitted at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Myers-Reed Chapel.

Along with her husband of 67 years, Mrs. O’Bryan is survived by a daughter, Patti O’Bryan Fleming of Columbus, IN; three sons, Jack (Joanne) O’Bryan of Lafayette, IN, Michael O’Bryan of Columbus, IN, and Steve (Jenny) O’Bryan of Cincinnati, OH; six grandchildren, Justin (Coleen) Fleming, Anne and Meg O’Bryan, all of Lafayette, IN, Kaitlin (Jason) Crockett, Daniel and Jill O’Bryan, all of Cincinnati, OH; and two great-grandchildren, Arlynn and Maks Fleming, both of Lafayette, IN.

Along with her parents, Mrs. O’Bryan was preceded in death by two sisters, Pat Drew and Helen Olds; and a brother, John Pesch.

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