Obituary: Mary Ellen O’Brien — long-time Darien resident, loving wife, mother, grandmother

 

Mary Ellen O’Brien, a resident of Darien, died on Feb. 9, 2017 at Stamford Hospital. Born on October 12, 1938 in Teaneck, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late James and Celestia Roe. She was 78.

After graduating from the Academy of the Holy Angels in Fort Lee, New Jersey, she attended college at Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey. Shortly after attending college she worked in publishing in New York City. She married Daniel H. O’Brien of Darien in June of 1965. Mr. and Mrs. O’Brien lived together in Darien for the past 51 years. During that time she successfully raised three boys, managed a home (and sometimes two) and worked as a bookkeeper for Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond in Stamford.

From an early age Mrs. O’Brien loved the beach and the water, spending many summer days at the Jersey Shore with her friends and family. After getting married, her love of the ocean grew stronger, and she enjoyed spending her weekends and summer vacations with her family boating on Long Island Sound. Although she maintained other family homes in New Hampshire and Vermont throughout her life, she never grew tired of her home in Darien and the allure of New York City. Mrs. O’Brien also enjoyed gardening, decorating, cooking and entertaining. Most of all, she loved her family and was always putting the needs of others in front of her own, which is something her family will always miss but will endeavor to carry on.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Daniel O’Brien; sons James M. O’Brien; Daniel H. O’Brien, Jr. and his wife Nancy and William P. O’Brien and his wife Sheila. Mary Ellen also has two sisters, Celestia Diegmann and Patricia Neulen and her husband Cameron. In addition, she is survived by eight wonderful grandchildren whom she loved dearly, and who in return graciously accepted being spoiled by her whenever the opportunity presented itself (which was often).

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Feb. 13 at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. Burial followed at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

Memorial donations can be made to the Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., #202, Stamford, CT 06902 or to Darien Emergency Medical Services/Post 53, P. O. Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com

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