In loving memory of

Charlene L. O'Brien
January 28, 2019

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Charlene L. O'Brien, 93, of Muscatine, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living, Muscatine.

As per her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Private burial will take place at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Char was born and raised in Muscatine, the daughter of Thomas and Blanche Gordy. She married L. E. 'Gene' O'Brien in 1944 in Muscatine.

Survivors include her daughter, Susi (Jim) McGowan of Bettendorf; grandsons, Matthew (Amy) McGowan of Naperville, Illinois; Chris (Mindi) O'Brien of Iowa City, and Tyler O'Brien of Bettendorf; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Ben McGowan of Naperville; and one brother, Ron Gordy of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Michael (Mardell); her parents; and brothers, Carrol, Gary, and John.

Memorials may be made to Humility Homes and Services.


Linda (Lowe) Swafford wrote on Feb 1, 2019:

"Susi and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I think of you and her often. Now she is with your Dad and Mike and my Mom and Dad. We will all be together someday. She was like a second mother when I was young. She made the pain of my Mom's passing a little more bearable. Love to you all. Linda (Lowe) Swafford"

Tara Korthaus wrote on Jan 31, 2019:

"Oh my dearest Char--you will be so missed my dear. I loved helping you out at Sunnybrook for a short while. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Just know she was loved by all."

Kathy Potter wrote on Jan 30, 2019:

"My mom Frances Krueger and Char were the best of friends from the first day mom moved in. They can be together again. I kept in touch with Char and visited every so often. She will be missed alot by many."

Joyce Figg wrote on Jan 30, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss. Your mother/grandmother was a very nice lady. Dennis and Joyce Figg"