Roseann Mary O’Brien


October 27, 1936 – May 5, 2024

Devoted Daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, caring nurse and voracious reader Roseann (Rose) O’Brien passed away on May 5, 2024 in Carmel, Ind., at the age of 87, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on October 27, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Begley and Elizabeth (Lily) Muckian, recent immigrants from Ireland, the spunky red-head attended Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia before entering the School of Nursing at Misericordia Hospital and becoming a Registered Nurse. She spent the next 45 years in the profession, retiring from Johnson Memorial Hospital in 2002.

In 1955, Roseann met James (Jim) J. O’Brien, Jr., and after some hard work and much convincing by Jim, they were married on October 26, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They lived in Darby, Pennsylvania until 1967, when they moved to Indiana, residing in Indianapolis, Needham and finally Morgantown.

In her retirement, Rose spent her days reading and following her stocks. They enjoyed time on their houseboat on Lake Monroe in the summer and spent much of the winter enjoying the sunshine in Florida, Mexico and St. Martin.

Roseann was preceded in death by her: husband, parents, sisters – Mary along with her husband Elmer Allen, Fanchea along with her husband William Ruddell, Eileen along with her husband William Frysinger, and Catherine along with her husband Edward France – and son in laws James Miller and Ben Hall.

Roseann is survived by her six children: Anne Miller, James III, Christopher, Colleen Hall, William (Dean Curry) and Elizabeth (Steve) Wittich, nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Barrington of Carmel and Paradigm Hospice for helping ease her transition.

Service information

There will be a memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima in Franklin, Indiana on June 7, 2024 at 4 pm with a Celebration of Life following in the church hall from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Indiana Center for Nursing ( or the Johnson County Humane Society (