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Helen J. (Donahue) O'Brien

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“Dear NanaToday I am over Grammies house sleeping over having fun with Bridget, Garrett & Aedan...I saw your picture on the fridge, where it always is...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kyle Trevor Hayes Jr - MA

“Dear O'Brien Family,So very sorry for the loss of your Mom/Grandmother...We can say goodbye with hope because our faith tells us that we will see her...Read More »
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“It was usually 10pm or later when the phone would ring to check if my mother was still awake. Then, with a flickering flashlight illuminating her...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Helen Downey - Marlborough, MA

“Helen You sweet women, You always had a smile for everyone, you were a great Lady. I will remember you and your wonderful family and of course the...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Erlene Hinckley - Marlboro, MA

“My heart aches for your loss and pray that the tears will soon stop as the memories of your Mom will comfort all of you. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Michelle Miller - Hull, MA

“To my Dear Mother & Best Friend.. What does one say about a women who loved her children so unconditionally & with ever fiber of her being. Your love...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Karen O'Brien-Hayes - Marlborough, MA

“Dear O'Brien Family,I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a wonderful woman who truly loved her family. She lived a long and full live...Read More »
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Helen J. (Donahue) O'Brien, 92 , a lifelong Marlborough resident, went home to the Lord on Monday, June 13, 2016,peacefully surrounded by family members.
She was the wife of the late John W."Jack" O'Brien, Sr.,who died December 20, 2007.They had been married for 60 years.
Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Harold and MaryJane (Scott) Donahue.
Helen attended the Immaculate Conception School and graduated Marlborough High School, Class of 1942.She was employed during WWII by the former Dennison Manufacturing Company. When John returned from military service they became engaged and married at the Immaculate Conception Church on October 5, 1947.
Helen was an avid Bingo player at the Elk's in Hudson and enjoyed her weekly "Bingo Friends" for many years. John and Helen looked forward to taking the family to Long Lake, Maine every summer. As empty nesters some trips included the Fryeburg Fair in Maine and horse racing at Saratoga Springs, NY. Nana's love and kindness was shown in everything she did for her family. She will be missed by her many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. For many years she attended the Tuesday novenas held at the former St. Ann's Parish in Marlborough.
She is survived by her sons, John W. O'Brien, Jr. and Patrick P. O'Brien both of Marlborough; her daughters, Kathleen M. Menefee and her husband Michael of Chester, VA, Carol A. Ahern and her husband Thomas of Shrewsbury and Karen J. O'Brien - Hayes and her husband Patrick, Jr. of Marlborough; her grandchildren, Melissa M. Margeson, Michael R.Menefee, Jr., Maeve Helen Ahern, Brendan T. Ahern, Katherine M. O'Brien, John P. O'Brien, Shannon E. O'Brien, Patrick D. Hayes,III, Sean W. Hayes, Kyle T. Hayes, Sr., Garrett L. Hayes, Bridget Alennah-O'Brien Hayes, Aeden J. Hayes, her great grandchildren, Emma Helen Menefee and Kyle T. Hayes, Jr., and her brother, Paul Donahue of Hudson, MA. She was also the sister of the late Harold F. Donahue, Jr., Doris Mahoney, John Donahue and William Donahue.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 17 from 4-7pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough.
Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Beach St., Marlborough, MA.