Beth Ann O'Hara
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BEDFORD - Beth Ann O'Hara, 73, wife, mother, grandmother, theater director and artist, passed away Aug. 19, 2015, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born in Waterbury, Conn., on Oct. 6, 1941, a daughter of Herman and Goldie (Trapsky) Halpin.Beth Ann married Donald Silverman in October 1961. Although divorced, she and Donald remained close. She married? John O'Hara in June 1987. Around the same time she founded the New Thalian Players where she produced and directed 50 plays over 25 years, culminating in her winning the first Life Time Achievement Award given by the New Hampshire Counsel of the Arts. All shows were performed to sold-out audiences. In addition, she held special performances for local public school children so they could experience live theater. She was known by all as a woman of incredible courage, brilliance, creativity, generosity and passionate liberal values.Beth Ann is survived by a sister and many? children, stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as by ?her former husband and his wife, all of whom she loved deeply and prodigiously. She was preceded in death by the great ?love of her life, John O'Hara.

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SERVICES: A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at Goodwin Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. Burial will be private.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders at doctorswithoutborders.org/donate or the American Jewish World Service at ajws.org.Please visit www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guest book.

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Published in Union Leader on Aug. 21, 2015.
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November 30, 2016
Valenda Newell
October 26, 2015
Beth Ann was a bright light in a world full of darkness. She and John are back together, where they belong. My sympathy goes out to the entire family. Remember as long as they are in your hearts they are never truly gone.
Mike Farrell
September 7, 2015
Though death can steal your loved one, it can never steal your love, it lives in your hearts, and it lives in your memories. May you hold fast those memories and they will help you to deal with this great loss. Life is so short and those we love are gone from our lives too quickly. May the God of loyal love comfort you during your time of sorrow. My sincere condolences on your loss.
Linda
September 2, 2015
My the love of God carry you through this grievous time. 1 John 3:20
August 27, 2015
Beth Ann was smart, talented, sweet, warm and pretty. I saw her last about 20 years ago when visiting Nana Rose. Our families were very close. (Aunt) Rose and my mother (Lee Cohen) were best friends. My love and thoughts to Sarah, her sisters and the extended family, Carol Cohen Cantagallo
August 27, 2015
It's been 14 years since I lost my mom, also in August; also at 75. Your mom's left a tattoo on your heart; she'll keep you close even though your conversations may now be one-sided. Speaking from experience. Give it time. Best thoughts to you.
Kate Hines
August 27, 2015
Seems as if you have very fond memories of your mother, so keep those thoughts in mind. Look forward to seeing her again. Acts17:31 She was a very colorful person. Expressing deep condolences.
D Tyler
August 26, 2015
Sorry about the passing of your dear mother.May her fond memories stay close to your hearts.May God bring your family comfort in this time of sorrow. Acts24:15.
August 26, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
SUE
August 26, 2015
I do not know you or your mother personally but just the word to describe her made my heart flutter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.
Denise Marosek
August 26, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
August 26, 2015
Our condolences and prayers go out to the film at this difficult time. Always remember the good times that you shared with her. May the God who gives peace be with all of you.--RO.15:33
August 26, 2015
In Gods care.
Sheila
August 25, 2015
A wonderful lady who led a great life!
Richard McHugh
August 25, 2015
Though I only knew her a short time,I could see she had a kind Heart to everyone she met.
Diane Tuttle
August 25, 2015
We'll miss you !
Adrian Barnette
August 25, 2015
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
Scott Chamberland
August 25, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
M,,,
August 25, 2015
MY heartfelt sympathy to the Beth Ann O Hara family. I hope you will find comfort in God's promise through jesus at Jhon 11 : 24&25 Knowing there is a future for those we have lost in Death can be very reassuring
August 21, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Beth Ann. She was a wonderful lady and I so enjoyed our weekly visits. May she be with those whom she loved who proceeded her to heaven. Godspeed Beth Ann.
Karlene
August 21, 2015
Beth Ann was one of the first people I met at Notre Dame when I became the Director of Public Relations/Publications. I remember the new light board she got for the New Thalian Players and her advocacy for the arts at the college. "Student Gypsy" was my husband's first acting role. She touched so many lives as "Mom." Beth Ann remains a role model and cherished memory. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Lorrie Carey
August 20, 2015
When we were told that Notre Dame College would not be offering our majors anymore, my first thought was about losing my theatre family with the New Thalian Players! Beth Ann had a way of bringing out the best in you while making you crazy at the same time. That's quite a talent - she created our family and she and John became our parents. We lost touch when I moved but I thought of her often and still went to her productions. She was such a lovely person. To her family, I offer my prayers and most sincere condolences. The world is better for knowing her, but a little more grey for losing her.
Jo-Ann Belanger
August 20, 2015
My sympathies to the family of Beth Ann. I was at Notre Dame College when Beth Ann was there. She was certainly an artist. I always appreciated the work she did with the students and some of the outsiders who participated in the plays.
Sister Anne Hoffler, CSC
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