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Kathleen Ann (Magee) O' BrienOctober 28, 1933 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 84)
Kathleen Ann O'Brien – devoted wife, sister, mother, aunt, and grandmother – died peacefully after a long illness on January 17, 2018. She was 84 years of age. Kathleen Magee was born in St. John Canada and moved to New Jersey as a child with her mother and two siblings. Kathleen worked in the fashion industry for a few years before working for Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elizabeth, where she met her future husband John O'Brien. Kathleen and John together raised four children: John, Daniel, Mariellen and Bethann. She was a homemaker and an office manager; upon retiring she volunteered at Rahway hospital and shared her embroidery skills with St Helens. She was a loving grandmother 'Nana' to 9 adoring grandchildren. Nana was a model of strength and had lots of spunk.
Kathleen is predeceased by her husband John and her sister Carol. She is survived by her brother David and his wife Arlene; all of her children, two daughters in law Kristin O'Brien (John) and Domenica O'Brien (Daniel), two sons in law Robert Campagna (Mariellen) and Tom Riley (Bethann); and all of her grandchildren.
Viewing will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield. www.higginsandbonner.com A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00AM at St. Helen's RC Church in Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Center for Hope Hospice 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.