Dorothy J. (Clausen) O’Brien

Dorothy J. (Clausen) O’Brien


Dorothy J. O’Brien, age 87, of Belmond, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

Dorothy Jean, daughter of Carl and Ann (Davis) Clausen, was born on December 26, 1928 in Duncombe. Dorothy graduated as valedictorian from Duncombe High School in 1945. She received a scholarship from Pepsi. After graduating, Dorothy moved to Isabella Halls, a Catholic home for girls, in Fort Dodge. Dorothy worked as a telephone operator, where she met the love of her life, Paul ‘Bud’ O’Brien.

On June 9, 1951, Dorothy was united in marriage with Paul O’Brien in Duncombe. The couple was blessed with four children: Jerry, Bill, Kevin, and Kathy. In 1972, they moved to Belmond. Dorothy worked as a CNA at the care center in Belmond for 19 years before she retired.

Dorothy enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, and reading in her free time. She liked working outside and tending to her flowers. She always had a good sense of humor. Dorothy loved family gatherings and cooking meals for her family.

Dorothy is survived by her son William O’Brien of Belmond; daughter Kathleen Eliason of Belmond; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband; two sons Jerry and Kevin; son-in-law Jim Eliason; eight sisters; four brothers; and her parents Carl and Ann Clausen.


Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Where: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
1207 3rd Street North East, Belmond, Iowa 50421
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