Mary Rita O'Brien

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Mary Rita Frank O'Brien SCHENECTADY Mary Rita Frank O'Brien, 92, died peacefully Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center. Born in Troy, on February 20, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Charles Frank and Helen O'Connor Frank. On a snowy winter day on December 28, 1942, she married Air Force Lt. Timothy F. O'Brien, a graduate of Siena College and Albany Law School. Her husband Timothy was District Attorney of Rensselaer County and an attorney with the NYS Office of General Services and the US Attorney General's Office and predeceased Rita in 2000. Raised and educated in Troy, Rita grew up on 14th Street where she attended St. Paul the Apostle School and Catholic Central High School then located off Hoosick Street in downtown Troy. A gifted actor, Rita performed in plays at Catholic Central and LaSalle Academy and was a member of the Black Friars theater group at the College of St. Rose in Albany. Graduating from St. Rose in 1942 with a degree in business education, Rita taught a year in high school in Tannersville, NY. Rita and Tim started their family on 14th Street where Mary Alice, Barbara and Tim were born. They moved to 1508 Sausse Avenue in Troy where Larry, Helen, Charlie and Rita were born. In 1970 they built a home in Pittstown high on a hill overlooking the beautiful Tomhannock Reservoir. During these years, Rita returned to graduate school and earned her certification as an elementary school teacher. She taught in the Parker Elementary School in Pittstown and Tamarac Elementary school from 1968 to 1982. Rita was a most creative and enthusiastic teacher. After retiring from teaching, she took up quilting and flower gardening and was an active member of the Cambridge, NY Garden Club. Rita also worked part-time at B.E.S.T. Systems in Albany from 1989 to 2004, retiring from this job at 84 years young. She loved living in the country and could often be seen walking the perimeter of “Hawk Hill.” Rita was an avid reader and Betty Neels was a favorite author. When she wasn't reading or visiting with one of her many children and grandchildren, she enjoyed watching sports events and British comedies, something that continued during her five years living at Delmar Place, a senior community in Delmar. In May 2010, Rita became a resident of Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady, where she continued to enjoy reading, knitting, word searches, and visiting with her family. Her love and enjoyment of flowers brought her great joy. Rita's family members are deeply appreciative to Dr. Jameson and the nurses and aides at Kingsway Arms for their compassionate and most attentive care for our Mom. For her many years of loving care for Rita, we are also grateful to Jill Abelseth, M.D. Rita is survived by her seven children: Sr. Mary Alice O'Brien, RDC of Pleasantville, NY, Barbara O'Brien of Feura Bush, NY, Timothy O'Brien, Lawrence O'Brien both of Albany, Helen O'Brien Marsolais and her husband Michael of New Market, MD, Charles O'Brien and his wife Karen Kane of Rensselaer, Rita O'Brien Hausman of Albany, daughter in law Karen O'Brien, grandchildren Matthew and Laura Marsolais, Jennifer O'Brien Doherty (Michael), Amy O'Brien Davenport (Todd), Tracey O'Brien Nautel (Shawn), Timothy O'Brien (Irina), Alison, Conor and Evan O'Brien, Maureen, Lynn and Thomas Hausman. Rita Nana O'Brien was blessed with seven great grandchildren, Patrick and Brian Doherty, Kate and Paige Davenport, Abigail and Grady Nautel and Timothy Johann O'Brien, two sisters Mary Elizabeth Griffiths of Plainfield, NJ and Agnes Baskin of Lakewood, NJ. Rita was also survived by her dear friends Mary Ann Fuina and Sr. Susan Merritt, RDC. Rita was predeceased by her brothers Charles Frank and Joseph Frank and sister Helen Casey. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. Piux X Catholic Church, 23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. To light a candle and offer words of condolences please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com. Arrangements by McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, Lansingburgh.

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Published in The Record on Nov. 8, 2012
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