ALBANY – Elaine B. O’Brien Pettit, 49, of Albany, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Elaine was born in Albany, and lived here all her life. She was a 1984 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names. She was employed for a time by the Travel Land travel agency, and more recently by Wellpoint in Albany. Family was important to Elaine. She loved vacationing with them in Cape Cod at her favorite spot, Smith Heights. She enjoyed the warm weather, beach and watching sunsets. Elaine looked forward to Saturdays at Saratoga racetrack each August with her husband Derek and friends. Above all, Elaine loved spending time with her beautiful daughter Julia. A girls day out getting their nails done and having lunch together brought her so much joy. Elaine will be remembered as a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Elaine is survived by her husband Derek S. Pettit; her daughter Julia Grace Pettit; her parents Edward G. and Mary C. Davis O’Brien of North Albany; her brother Timothy O’Brien (Lisa) of Colonie; her sisters Karen O’Brien Driscoll (Jay) of Albany, and Christine O’Brien Inger of Delmar; and by her nieces and nephews Conor, Margaret and Jack Driscoll, and Kathleen Inger.
Elaine’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the caring CV ICU staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for the compassion shown to Elaine and her family during her stay.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 10:00am, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 pm. Interment will be held privately at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to Capital City Rescue Mission PO Box 1999 Albany, NY 12201. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
My condolences to the Pettit family. Much love and healing energy sent your way.
Heaven has gained another beautiful angel. Our hearts are broken. We are so sorry Derek, Julia, Uncle Ed, Aunt Mary, Tim, Lisa, Karen, Jay, Conor, Maggie, Christine, Katie. Your Sweet Elaine will be missed every day. All of our love and prayers- Susan, Carlos, Lauren & Andrew
Lisa Brennan James
Common words cannot properly express how sorry I am to hear of your loss.
I will being praying for you and Julia.
Sending you both hugs and much love,
Derek and Julia
I am so sorry for you loss. I am keeping you in my thoughts every moment and praying Elaine positive light shines on you. Peace and love.
Annie and Don Cosgrove
We are so very saddened by your sudden loss of Elaine and grieve with you. Christine is our very special neighbor and good friend; please know we are here to support in any way. With love, Annie and Don Cosgrove
Karen, I extend to you and your family my most heartfelt sorrow and condolences.
Dear Derek, Julia and the O’Brien Family,
I know all of you, and although it has been a very long time since I have seen or talked with you, the news of Elaine’s passing is such sad news.
I am so very sorry for all of you. Elaine and I had some great times and shared lots of laughs over the years at Traveland, but one thing she always loved to talk about was all of you.
Although I would really like to pay my respects Monday evening,
unfortunately I will not be able to attend. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Elaine will be remembered in my heart.
God Bless You.
Boca Raton, FL
Derek, Julia & Pettit family, I am so deeply saddened to hear of Elaine’s passing, & so sorry for your loss. My prayers & thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.
I had worked with Elaine for over 15 years. I recently got to see and speak to her last month when she was in the office. She was always smiling and had the best laugh ever! I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers.
Dear Karen, I was so very saddened to read of your dear Sister’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Margot Plumadore Wyan
I have never met Elaine, but I teacher her wonderful daughter Julia. Elaine has an amazing legacy in her. Julia is beautiful, talented, bright and full of life. I am confidant that Elaine’s terrific spirit will carry on in so many ways with Julia. I wish you all peace and comfort for this untimely loss.
Derek, Julia, Pettit and O’Brien families, Though I have only worked with Derek for a short time, I am truly saddened to hear of this enormous loss for you all. Please know that many thoughts and prayers have been sent your way. I hope that your hearts and minds will be blessed with some sense of peace and strength during such a difficult time.
Anne M. Carroll
Dearest Julia-There are no words that can comfort your feelings of loss at this time but the love and unyielding support that is available for you here at Albany High School is infinite. I think about you everyday and pray that your heart heals with the memories you have of your mother. I have never met her but remember the stories that we have shared together in school and the laughs that we had. She is safe and peaceful and wanting you to continue to reach your goals and spread your success in this world. I will always be here for you and am holding you and your family close in my heart. Love-Mrs. Carroll xxoo
Derek please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, your daughter and family. God Bless you all
My deepest condolences. I am saddened by your loss.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Pettit family! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Insight Global Team
I’ve known Elaine since junior high at AHN and I will always remember EOB’s smile and her sunny disposition. I’m so sorry for your loss Derek, Julia and the O’Brien Family. You all will be in my prayers.
Derek I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Elaine once at our class reunion a few years ago. However I remember her as someone like yourself, with a big smile, an easy laugh and a charming personality. I also remember thinking afterward what a good couple you made and how happy you seemed together. I can only imagine your sorry and grief. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless. JP
I worked in the same department as Elaine. Even though I might not have known Elaine as well as others she was always kind and generous! My prayers and condolences to the entire Pettit family.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
My prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Derek, I only know you through work…but wanted you to know…you and your family have my deepest sympathy. May GOD surround all of you with love, comfort and peace during this challenging time.
God Bless each and everyone of you.
God bless – thoughts and prayers from us.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your family are in my prayers.
God Bless you and your family,