Bereavement Notice – Barbara J. O’Brien

Sadly, we have learned of the death of Barbara J. O’Brien (nee Sullivan), mother of Kate O’Brien of Athletic Academic Advising. Barb passed away at the age of 80 on August 24, 2023.

Barb graduated from St. Scholastica High School and went on to earn a degree in elementary education from DePaul University (where her father graduated from in 1938 and both of her children earned master’s degrees). She started her career as a teacher at St. Henry’s in Chicago and then moved to St. James in Arlington Heights where she taught 1st grade for 27.5 years.

She is survived by her husband Jim, two children Kate (Dave) and Kevin (Kim) of Rolling Meadows, two grandchildren, and many extended family and friends.

Barb was best known for going anywhere, anytime to watch her grandchildren in their activities, was a frequent fan at DePaul Athletics competitions, and loved outings with her retiree and birthday friends.

Services were held on August 27 and 28. Online condolences may be submitted at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated in Barb’s name to the 100 Club of Illinois ( or DePaul Athletics Dream Big Fund (