Erin Joan O’Brien was born on February 18, 1985, in Bedford, Ohio, to Patrick and Julie O’Brien (McCullough). From the start she was fun-loving, and always could get you laughing with her sense of humor. Her personality lit up the room, and she could make light of even the most difficult situation.
Growing up, she played hockey and was the best goalie around.
After high school, she worked at Dairy Queen and Culver’s. But she especially loved to care for special-needs children at Home and Community Options, where her compassionate heart truly shined into the lives of the kids.
Erin passed unexpectedly but peacefully in her home on February 5, 2018. She will be dearly missed by her parents, Patrick and Julie O’Brien (McCullough); sister, Kelly O’Brien Pahman (Dylan Pahman), and nephews, Brendan and Aidan; sister, Ashley Schroeder (Brian Schroeder), and nephews, Charlie, Hunter, and Liam; brother, Sean O’Brien; sister, Shannon O’Brien; and many other friends, aunts, uncles, and other family members.
The visitation and memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hoff Funeral Home, 3480 Service Drive, Winona, Minn. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to be made to Home and Community Options in Winona, Minn.