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Sunset Funeral Home & Sunset Cemetery

2250 St Anthony Boulevard NE, Minneapolis, MN

OBITUARY

Margaret Marin O'Brien

February 25, 1956June 24, 2019
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Margaret “Peggy” Marin O’Brien, 63, of New Brighton, a gentle soul, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 to end stage cancer. Born in 1956 in Crookston, MN. Peggy was an elementary teacher for 30 years in Osseo area schools. She graduated from Minnehaha Academy with a deep abiding faith and lifelong friends. She received her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. Peggy was preceded in death by; her father, Herbert O’Brien, loving step-father, Joseph Ditschler, and sister Meryl Ditschler, and is survived by mother Margaret Ann Ditschler, daughters Rachael Boyce and Elizabeth Halvorson; siblings Sean O’Brien, Katherine Shoecraft, Bridget (Phil) Enke, Barbie Ditschler-Biechman, Randy Ditschler, Jeff Ditschler, Becky Reehl, and many beloved grandchildren. She had a special place in her heart for her two little dogs, Moglie and Lillianna. Remembrance Service at 11 am Monday, July 8 with visitation at 10 am at Faith United Methodist Church, Saint Anthony. Internment at Sunset Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Minnehaha Academy.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Service of Remembrance Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Interment Monday, July 8, 2019

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Kandi Robinson

July 7, 2019

I loved the time spent with Peggy! Whether we were at Margaret Anne and Joe’s or Bud and Chrissy’s, Peggy (and and Bridget) often took us to the nearby park or sat patiently and played Barbies or hair salon with my sister and I. ❤️ Peggy always made me feel important to her, she always made me feel loved. Until we are together again, dear Peggy, I will miss you.

Emily Kristjanson

June 28, 2019

Our sympathies to all Peggy’s loved ones. I had the opportunity to share lunch with her and my niece in Mesa, AZ two years ago. I really hadn’t spent time with her before. We had a delightful time. Peggy was brilliant. I got to know her through our conversation. I knew she wasn’t well but she played through it. She now rests from her pain and suffering. May you all remember good times with her. I know I will.

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Peg with her mother Margaret, daughter Rachael and grand-pup Pierre at Christmas

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Lovely gals; niece Hayley, Peg, mother Margaret, and sister Katherine

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Peg with Heather, grand-daughter Rhylee, Rachael, Elizabeth, grandson Gaige and yorkee Lilli

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Elizabeth, sister Katherine, grandson Gaige, mother Margaret Ann, Peg, Rachael

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Celebrating Summer in Minnesota! with sisters Katherine and Bridget, niece Eleanor, and mother.

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Mother and Daughter

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Peg with her mother Margaret, daughter Rachael and grand-pup Pierre at Christmas

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Lovely gals; niece Hayley, Peg, mother Margaret, and sister Katherine

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Peg with Heather, grand-daughter Rhylee, Rachael, Elizabeth, grandson Gaige and yorkee Lilli

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Elizabeth, sister Katherine, grandson Gaige, mother Margaret Ann, Peg, Rachael

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Celebrating Summer in Minnesota! with sisters Katherine and Bridget, niece Eleanor, and mother.

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Mother and Daughter

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Family! Peg with mother Margaret, sister Barbie, and sister Bridget

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Biography

If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Margaret Marin O'Brien. She was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around her. Even though "Peggy" was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for her to boast about her accomplishments. "Peggy" had strong personal convictions, making it hard for her to relinquish those ideals she held dearest to herself. Despite her outer strengths and beliefs, "Peggy" sometimes struggled in her efforts to see the world as completely positive. "Peggy"'s life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in her life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in "Peggy", something that was always there and that she readily shared with everyone around her.

       Her parents were Margaret and Herbert. "Peggy" was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a youngster, "Peggy" demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. She was a compassionate person, a quality that she would carry with her throughout her life. Even at a young age, "Peggy" was sensitive to her parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations.

      Throughout her life, "Peggy" showed a remarkable ability to build relationships. This was true even with her siblings. "Peggy" was caring, diplomatic and tolerant of the feelings of those around her. "Peggy" was raised with eight. She had an older brother Sean, an older sister Katherine, a younger sister Bridget, and five siblings by marriage; Meryl, Jeff, Randy, Barbie, and Becky. "Peggy" was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. "Peggy" and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As a young girl, "Peggy" lived a childhood filled with fantasy. She was generally in pursuit of her own identity, but she was also adaptable to almost any situation she faced. "Peggy" jump rope and throwing ball. Neighborhood babysitter. Caring for children, animals, and learning to play guitar. However, to "Peggy", the most fun to be had was simply playing, and spending time with her many friends.

      High school was a time for "Peggy" to seek out knowledge. She enjoyed learning and had a natural interest in gathering information. "Peggy" had a flair for the poetic and was very expressive and articulate, especially when it came to her writing. "Peggy" took her education seriously. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Spanish class with Puud. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Don, tho in truth, she loved them all.

      "Peggy"'s love of learning carried over to her college years. She applied herself scholastically, and she developed a particular interest in the humanities. In fact, "Peggy" often viewed herself as a bit of a scholar when it came to her studies. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. Her favorite courses were aviation where she flew a small commuter plane and Spanish. She loved connecting with people and expanding her social network. Her favorite professor was 'Don' the Spanish teacher, although in truth, she loved them all.

      While those who did not know her well found "Peggy" to be somewhat reserved until they got to know her, she was an authentic and devoted friend. They always remember her smile. "Peggy" was a tranquil person, with an easygoing and open-minded attitude towards life. She presented a pleasant face to the outside world but concealed the pain and discomfort she felt over her own friends’ difficulties. "Peggy" sought to achieve harmony with everyone and possessed the ability to mend conflicts and avoid interpersonal struggles. While growing up, some of her best friends were Liz Aasen, Tootsie Miller, David Gottlieb, Betsy Anderson, Michael Frye, Larry Montane. Later in life, she became friends with Jill Korman and nurse Nancy.

      "Peggy" was a gentle person who held deep feelings for her children. She enjoyed having fun with her kids and was at times fiercely protective of them. "Peggy" showed great empathy in her willingness to give every family member a voice in family decisions. She was blessed with Two daughters and a foster daughter, Rachael, Elizabeth 'Ally', and Heather. They were also blessed with four, Rhylee, Gaige, Max, and Brinlee, and new grandchildren through her blended family that she was getting to know this last year.

      Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, "Peggy" was as loyal and committed in her work as she was in the rest of her life. "Peggy" worked well with fellow employees and showed great cooperation in reaching common goals. Though she had a tendency to take on too many tasks, herself; "Peggy" showed great patience with complicated situations. She was ingenious and trusted her intuition. For "Peggy", the application of logic could be optional, and while that sometimes bothered her co-workers, "Peggy" always seemed to be able to get the job done. She was most comfortable working on the projects and jobs that she strongly supported. Her primary occupation was a Kindergarten and 2nd Grade teacher. It was her life's passion to see all children succeed. To work towards this goal, she focused on teaching reading, especially to struggling readers, music, and teaching Spanish in her classrooms. She was employed for 30 years at RIce Lake, Palmer Lake, and other elementary schools in the Osseo School District. "Peggy" always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      "Peggy" enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were spending time with friends and loved ones during conversation over dinner, trips to the cabin, playing fetch with the dogs, or kayaking with friends. "Peggy" was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but she was also willing to share her interests with others.

      "Peggy" was an eternal idealist, and her deep concern for others made her a valuable asset to the many clubs and organizations to which she belonged. Because she truly wanted to make a difference, "Peggy" was actively involved in these kinds of groups throughout her life. "Peggy" was passionate in her beliefs and being a very skilled communicator, she could really come alive when involved in a project. In high school, "Peggy" was a member of the Spanish Club and the Choir. In college, "Peggy" joined the. Throughout her later years, "Peggy" was an active member of her church Faith United Methodist's choir.

      With a calling to help others and a fierce conviction for the causes in which she believed, "Peggy" would work hard for her values and principles. Politically, "Peggy" was a strong believer that the power of love was fundamentally stronger than the power of nations. She was a Democrat who believed in non-violence, tolerance, and acceptance.

      "Peggy" took all of her personal and moral obligations seriously. "Peggy" was a strong defender of her faith. She was a member at Faith United Methodist Church. During that time, she was involved with the choir and took several trips with them as they sang for audiences in Ireland and Norway.

      "Peggy" enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. Taking trips provided the chance for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and see new things. Favorite vacations included quiet time at the cabin, family trips to Mexico, attending the Women's March on Washington in 2016, and a road trip from San Francisco to Minneapolis through Yellowstone National Park with her daughter Rachael.

      "Peggy" was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of "Peggy"'s favorites was Emma, the Golden Retriever. They were best friends for Emma's entire life. Her family was rounded out by her other dogs; Lilly, Moegli, Olivia and African Grey Parrot, Wilson.

      "Peggy" passed away on June 24, 2019 at Arc on The River in Anoka, Minnesota. She battled stage 4 lung and brain cancer for over a year and a half. She is survived by her mother Margaret Ann Ditschler; her daughters Rachael, Heather, and Elizabeth; grandchildren Rhylee, Gaige, Max, and Brinlee; her siblings Sean, Katherine, Bridget, Barbie, Jeff, Randy, and Barbie; and lifelong friends David Gottlieb, Betsy Anderson, Michael Frye, and Liz Aasen. "Peggy" was laid to rest in Sunset Cemetery in St. Anthony, MN.

      Margaret Marin O'Brien was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. She viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, "Peggy" tried to focus on the good she saw, knowing that there were times she would have to compromise. She was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. "Peggy" was a person who would keep her eye on tomorrow and constantly held onto her dreams. She was capable of being mystical at times, and she could be the seer or shaman of a group. It was this exceptional insight and quiet reserve that that became "Peggy"'s trademark qualities for all who knew her, and it was one of the many reasons why all who knew her loved Margaret Marin O'Brien.