Michaela Ann “Mickey” O’Hearn

Michaela Ann “Mickey” O’Hearn

April 9, 1952 – June 20, 2019

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Sally O’Hearn; brother Kelly O’Hearn; and beloved fur-babies: Butch, Jade, Pye, Angel, Pacer, Finn & Duffy. She is survived by her siblings: Pat Cielaha (Don), Callen O’Hearn (Carol), Colleen Shirazi (Masoud), Kevin O’Hearn (Lyn), Brian O’Hearn (Cheryl), Erin Kantor (David), Terry O’Hearn (Lori, deceased), Michael O’Hearn (Patti), Daniel O’Hearn (Carolyn) and Bridget Diederich (Shawn); nieces and nephews: Shannon Cielaha, Kelly O’Hearn, Thomas Shirazi (Katie), Caitrin Shirazi, Molly Shirazi, Skye Bakker (Tyler), Brooks O’Hearn, Tommy O’Hearn, Kathleen Pasley (Ywantru), Megan O’Hearn Wilson (Drew), Colin O’Hearn, Mallory O’Hearn, Seamus O’Hearn, Sean O’Hearn, Ashley O’Hearn, Sarah O’Hearn, Anna Diederich, Sam Diederich, Grace Diederich and Kate Diederich; grandnieces and nephews: Adriana Cielaha, Patrick Cielaha, Jameson Cielaha, Baby Bakker (Autumn 2019), Kiah Pasley, Kannon Pasley and Karter O’Hearn; uncle: Dick Korth (Jean); and aunt: Judy Luick (Gary), and a myriad of cousins and other relatives.

If there is anything to be said about Mickey, it was that she had a unique, lively and steadfast spirit. She forged her own path, did everything on her own terms and will be leaving a large hole in the many lives she touched in her short time on this planet.

Mickey was a fierce protector of those she loved and a friend to every animal she met. She saw beauty in the mundane things many of us often overlook. Her wit, creativity and knowledge will forever be unmatched. She was proud to be Irish, and of all of the connotations (good and bad) that were attached.

Although she never had children of her own, she never seemed to mind. “Auntie Mickey” loved spoiling every last one of her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Especially when it came time to pass them back to their parents – usually at the peak of a sugar-high.

Mickey’s kindness and generosity knew no bounds. She played so many roles to everyone who knew her. When there was a problem, she could always be counted on to step up and help in any way she could. No matter what character was needed, she filled the role perfectly. Whether, it was a last-minute babysitter, a driver for car ride to calm a fussy child, or a stand-in mama bear when kids played a bit unfairly. No matter what, Aunt Mickey was always there.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must turn the page and face our days ahead, knowing she won’t be coming with us this time. But we must. Mickey would have had a few choice words for us if she felt like we were not. When her mother passed last summer, Mickey made it very clear that she did not want us to mourn for her loss. She wanted those she left behind to “have a party” and celebrate the life that she had. It will, undoubtedly, be hard. But, if she taught us anything, it should be that we must make the most of the time we’re given and to live life without regrets. As none of us really know when our time will come to an end.

Please help us celebrate the wonderful life and spirit that was Mickey O’Hearn.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 26th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, June 27th at 10am, St. Cecilia Cathedral.  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Thursday, 2:30pm at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus, NE.  Memorial are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.



  • Margaret snd Bill Shaffer Posted June 24, 2019 5:17 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of cousin Mickey and wish to extend our condolences to all of the O’Hearn family. Deepest sympathy and prayers are with you.
    Margaret and Bill

  • Mary Kay Zangerle Klabunde Posted June 24, 2019 9:24 pm

    I was shocked to hear about Mickeys passing. Great times with her . My thoughts and prayers are with her family .

  • Michelle Foral Posted June 25, 2019 12:22 pm

    Well Mickey, after all your suffering, you finally got your wish. I know all your fur babies are so happy to see you and you them. Now your Mom probably asked what took you so long.. Who would she go shopping with when your not there. .Now for all the rest of us you left behind, we are filled with memories and laughter of you. I know your 2 hour haircuts with our wisdom flowing will be greatly missed by me. But I bet your Dad was happy to see your hair without those curly perms.!! I think you got them just to bug him!! Go my friend and live without pain and anxiety with all those Doctors!! I know how much you hated them !! We will all be fine so don’t worry about all your family, just go and be free and enjoy. Thank You for so many years of friendship! My deepest condolences to all the OHearn family.

  • Mary L. Feldmann Posted June 25, 2019 4:12 pm

    was shocked to read your obit. in the paper. We were your neighbors on 18th St in Carroll Ia. I lost Bob 1 1/2 yrs ago. The old neighborhood is completely changed. I am in a condo and Jenni and Mary Carol check on me. Mu prayers are with your whole family.

  • Susan M Peters Posted June 26, 2019 7:18 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Mickey at Mutual of Omaha in the late ’70’s. She was a cube mate. I loved her sense of humor.

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