Mary A. (Hallaren) O'Brien Print E-mail


Mary A. (Hallaren) O’Brien

Loving mother, grandmother, sister-in-law and friend’

Mary A. (Hallaren) O’Brien, 79, of Chelmsford but formerly of Lowell, MA, died Sunday morning October 21, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony F. O’Brien, Jr. who died in 1994.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 27, 1939, a daughter of the late James and the late Bernice (Swencornis) Hallaren, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1957.

Mary went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lowell State Teachers College.

A stay at home mother for most of her life, Mary was also a payroll specialist with the former Purity Supreme Supermarket in Billerica for many years.

Active with Chelmsford youth sports and her children, Mary served as the Treasurer for Chelmsford Pop Warner Football and was a girls softball and basketball coach for several years. In addition she taught CCD for both St. Rita Parish in Lowell, St. Mary Parish in Chelmsford and as Brownie Troop leader.

She found her most joy when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren and an occasional trip to Foxwoods.

Mary is survived by three children Anthony F. O’Brien, III and his wife Patricia of Chelmsford, Mary A. Wood of Lowell and Geraldine Robarge and her husband Eric of Nashua, NH; a son-in-law Eric Silva of Dracut; seven grandchildren Jessica Silva, Jack and Ben O’Brien, Heather and Taylor Wood, and John and Christopher Robarge; a sister-in-law Geraldine Andricopoulos of Chelmsford; a brother-in-law Jack Simon of Nashua, several nieces and nephews.

She was also the mother of the late Joanne F. Silva who died in 2013 and sister of the late Jane Simon.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH in LOWELL at 11:30 A.M. followed by her burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at . Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Walk, c/o LGH Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 4548-8768.


Condolences (3)
  • Andre & Jennifer Bouley
    Dear Mary, We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. The rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the rose; The moon doth with delight Look round her when the heavens are bare; Waters on a starry night Are beautiful and fair; The sunshine is a glorious birth; But yet I know, where’er I go, That there hath passed away a glory from the earth --Wordsworth
  • Joan and Bill Scanlon  - God's Blessings
    Mary A was always know as "Mary Agnes" in a family full of Marys (Mother-in-Law, Aunt, and several cousins all named Mary), she was a kind and gentle soul. Oldest of the cousins (spread across the country-- Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Oklahoma-- and world-- Spain!), she was our inspiration. Though we drifted apart, Mary was our connection with each other. Faced with challenges, including the passing of her beloved Tony, she carried on-- the proof of her success manifest in her children and grandchildren. God blessed our family with Mary Agnes. We continue to pray for her, and for those she leaves behind.
  • Maura Fitzpatrick  - Deepest Sympathies
    Geraldine and family - so very sorry for your loss. It was an honor to know your mom - what a wonderful woman.
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