GUILDERLAND – Doris E. O’Brien, 83, of Guilderland, died Sunday, July 26, 2009 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. Mrs. O’Brien was born and raised in Lynbrook, Long Island. She lived for five years in the Rochester area before moving to Guilderland in 1962. She was employed by the Teresian House nursing home in Albany, and also served as a volunteer at the home. She was a member of the Guilderland Garden Club, and a communicant of Christ the King Church where she served as a greeter at masses, a Eucharistic minister, and a member of the funeral choir and faith sharing group. She also was an avid painter and crafter, who illustrated garden club brochures and directories, and made wooden tree ornaments for the Mynderse-Frederick House annual holiday open house.
Mrs. O’Brien was predeceased by her husband James G. O’Brien, and her son Kevin O’Brien. She is survived by her son James R. O’Brien (Kathleen) of Guilderland; her daughter Jacqueline Robinson (Michael) of Naples, FL; her sons Mark O’Brien of Voorheesville, and Richard O’Brien of Guilderland; her daughter in law Linda O’Brien of Syracuse; her brother Walter Burns of Vero Beach, FL; her grandchildren Sean O’Brien, Phillip Robinson, Megan Robinson Griffin, Ethan Robinson, Devin O’Brien and Sarah O’Brien; and her great granddaughter Katelyn Griffin. She was predeceased by her brother Frederick Robert Burns.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning at 9:00, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumter Ave., Guilderland at 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather at 4:30 pm for a service of prayer and remembrance. All are welcome. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Altamont. Those who wish may make a contribution in her memory to the Christ the King Church Building Fund, 20 Sumpter Ave., Albany, NY 12203, or to a charity of your choice. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
What a beautiful mom. Love, Lily Alys
I never met you but from hearing your son, Mark’s words, I knew you were a beautiful lady who will be sorely missed.
Joanne and Roscoe Haynes
Dear Jackie, Rich, Jim, Mark and the rest of the family,
Roscoe and I are so sorry for your loss. To refresh your memory, we lived next door to your parents at #42 for a few years before moving to East Greenbush in ’91. Your parents were such good neighbors. Your mom was so good to our son, Matthew, when he was born. He fondly remembers that his favorite book was a gift from your mom, even though he can’t remember her personally, try as he may.
It is our hope and prayer that your memories of your mom will bind you together at this time and in the years ahead.
Joanne, Roscoe and Matthew Haynes
Joan and John Wissocki
Jackie and family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies and our thoughts and prayers are with you. In the days, months and years ahead, cherish the memories you all had together as a family.