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.