Mary Josephine Oberst

  • Born: December 15, 1913
  • Died: November 13, 2009
  • Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Tribute & Message From The Family


Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home 519 Locust Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301 Phone: 270-684-9891 Email: haleymcginnis@att.net Fax: 270-684-9894 Mary Josephine Oberst, 95 of Owensboro, Ky. died on November 13, 2009 at Nazareth Home of Louisville, Ky. She was born on December 15, 1913 in Daviess County to the late John L. Oberst Sr. and Emma Isabelle Crisp Oberst. She is the second of five children, three brothers and one sister. She graduated from St. Frances Academy, Owensboro, Ky. June 1932 and received her RN from St. Joseph Infirmary, Louisville, Ky. in 1936 and remained there in medical surgical ward and operation room until she entered the Army Nurse Corps in November 1937. Her first assignment was Maxwell Field, Alabama, then overseas duty took her to Fort William McKinley on July 10, 1941. On December 13, 1941 she was stationed at Sternberg General. As war was carried on the nurses were moved to various places, Estada Major and on December 25, 1941 to Bataan Hospital #2. On April 9, 1942 she and the other "Angels of Bataan" were moved to the Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor. After capture on May 6, 1942 the nurses were taken to Santa Catalina, July 2, 1942 to Santo Tomas about August 13, 1942 until May 1943; then to the Hospicio de San Jose until September 1944, when she was recalled to Santo Tomas where she remained until the 44th Tank Bn. Freed the prisoners on February 3, 1945. On return to the States February 24, 1945, she was a patient at Letterman General, San Francisco. Later the nursing duties took her to Nichols in Louisville, Ky.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Ashford General, WV and back to Fort Knox. After retirement from the US ARMY, September 30, 1947, she worked at Mercy Hospital in Owensboro, Ky. In September 1950 she attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and received degrees of BSN in 1953 and MSN in 1955 and then became assistant director of nurses at St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing in Evansville, Indiana, ill health made retirement necessary in 1963. After retirement from nursing Miss Oberst underwent many surgeries and in 1993 suffered a stroke which necessitated her going to a nursing home. She belongs to many Right-To-Life organizations as well as Veteran and POW organizations. Military service awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Unit Emblem w/2 OLCs, American Defence Service Medal w/Foreign Service Clasp, Philippine Defense Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/BS, WWIIVM, APCM w/2 Bronze Battle Stars. Preceded in death by her brothers, John L. Oberst Jr., Lawrence Allen Oberst, Richard Cecil Oberst Sr., sister, Sister Dorothea, Sister of Charity of Nazareth; nephews, Richard Cecil Oberst & Michael Kerry Oberst. Surviving are her nephews and nieces, H.L. and Susanna Oberst of Pine Grove, California David A. Oberst and his wife, Charlene of Owensboro, Ky. John L. Oberst III and his fiancé, Tracy Day of Owensboro, Ky. Linda C. Walker and her husband, John of Hopkinsville, Ky. Janet Lawrence and her husband, Fred of Owensboro, Ky. Colleen Remole of Owensboro, Ky. Great Nephews and Neices: CDR Tim Hill James Edward Oberst Vincent Oberst Shannon Hill Holzrichter Jon Paul Oberst Kerrie Oberst Overall Jason Oberst Nathan Lawrence Special First Cousin: Charlotte Oberst of Owensboro, Ky. Special Friend: Charlie Hilton of Louisville, Ky. Services will be at 10:00am. Monday, November 16, at St. Stephen Cathedral Visitation at Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Sunday And from 8:00 to 9:30am. Monday at the funeral home Prayers: 6:00pm. Sunday at the funeral home Burial will be in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery Minister: Reverend J. Edward Bradley Online condolences may be left at www.haleymcginnis.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

I never met you but you were amazing woman interesting life long life thank you for your service God bless you

Posted by Jeff Reesor - Radcliff, KY - friend   November 04, 2017

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Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time, for your loss of a very special lady.

Posted by Yellow Rose Squadron    November 22, 2009

Ms. Oberst will be truly missed. She is one of a kind. She has been a part of my life for mamy years.

Posted by Sheila M. Mattingly - Louisville, KY   November 17, 2009

David, so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a unique individual with much character to share. John & Cindy @ Rockport Printers

Posted by John and Cindy Limp - Rockport, IN   November 16, 2009

In recognition of Mary Josephine Oberst's honorable service to the United States of America, and on behalf of the members of our Marine Corps League, we extend our appreciation and gratitude for her service to God and Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Semper Fi, Louis F. Drawdy, Commandant Department of Kentucky, Marine Corps League C/o 4100 Kipling Drive Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

Posted by Lou Drawdy - Owensboro, KY   November 15, 2009

Mary Jo was a true American Hero. She will be missed.

Posted by Mary Charlotte Fulkerson - Owensboro, KY   November 14, 2009

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Mary was a very special person and I enjoyed hearing her stories. I took pleasure in being apart of Mary's care at Nazareth home these last couple of years. She will be missed but now she's where she wants to be with her sister Dorthea.

Posted by MaryJo Jones    November 14, 2009

JOHN, LINDA Nieces, and Nephews of Mary JO. I have many many precious memories of Mary Jo through our childhood to the present. Until we meet in Heaven, may she rest in the Arms of Eternity. Fondly, Charlotte L. Oberst

Posted by Charlotte L. Oberst - Palm Harbor, FL   November 14, 2009