Lucia Granath O’Brien, age 57, of Danville, IN, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Aug. 15, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Mary Kay (Berkner) and John Wallace Granath. Raised in Dassel, she moved to Danville, IN with her parents during her freshman year of high school.
A graduate of Purdue University, Lucia devoted her life to children with special needs, teaching developmental pre-school to Danville and Wayne Township school systems in Indiana.
Lucia married Jeff Montgomery O’Brien Aug. 16, 1975, in Danville. The couple lived in the Granath farmhouse until employment transferred them to Chapel Hill, NC, then Willard, OH, and Naperville, IL. They returned to Danville in 1988.
Known throughout the Danville community as “everybody’s mom,” Lucia maintained an open-door policy for anyone in need of a laugh, a shoulder to cry on, or a good meal. She will be remembered as one who exemplified warmth, kindness, and selflessness.
Lucia is survived by her husband, Jeff; children Corie Elaine, John Andrew, and Mollie Caitrin; her father, John Granath; Corie’s husband, Bruce Little and their children, Nolan Montgomery and Regan Victoria; and Andrew’s wife, Nicole, and their son, John Quinten.
She will also be missed by her faithful dog, Murry, and cat, Pookie, who never left her side.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, Nov. 24 at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, where Lucia worshipped for many years. The services were officiated by Father John Roof, a long-time friend and spiritual advisor to the O’Brien family.
Arrangements were by Baker Funeral Home in Danville. Online condolences may be made at bakerfuneralservice.com