Ellen Kay O'Brien


Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005

Former Juneau resident Ellen Kay (Strohmeyer) O'Brien died Feb. 24, 2005 in Bellingham, Wash. at Shuksan Health Care.

She was born Feb. 21, 1944 in Juneau to Chester and Mary Strohmeyer. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1962. She then attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., graduating in 1968 with a nursing degree. She married John J. O'Brien II in March 1970. Their son, John J. O'Brien III, was born July 25, 1971.

She returned to Juneau with her family in 1974 and worked as a nurse at Bartlett Memorial Hospital for three years. In 1977 Ellen was forced to give up nursing due to poor health and moved to Stanwood, Wash. Ellen suffered from a Parkinson's-like disease, later diagnosed as Wilson's disease.

She was preceded in death by her father Chester Strohmeyer and her brother James Strohmeyer.

She is survived by her husband John J. O'Brien II of Stanwood, Wash.; son John J. O'Brien III of Fairbanks; granddaughter Jasmine Kelleher of Washington; mother Mary Strohmeyer of Bellingham; and sisters Mary Maxine Jackson and her husband George and Sue Ann Jorgensen and her husband Danny of Juneau and Debra Strohmeyer of Olympia, Wash.

She chose to be cremated and her memorial service was held March 5 at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital in Seattle.

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