Patricia A. O’Brien, a bookkeeper who lived in Sag Harbor for almost 50 years, died on Dec. 28 at home in Rockaway, N.J., after a brief illness. She was 92.
She had worked as a bookkeeper in New York City, and during her years in Sag Harbor continued in that field, for Schiavoni Plumbing and Heating and for the Pallottine Fathers Retreat House on North Haven. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Sag Harbor for many years.
Born on July 24, 1930, in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens to John Reidy, who was called Jack, and the former Anne Ramhourest, she grew up there, graduating from Flushing High School. It was in Flushing that she met John O’Brien, whom she married on June 4, 1950.
In 1955 the couple moved to Sag Harbor, where members of her family lived. They raised six children, and Mrs. O’Brien would remain in Sag Harbor until 2003, when she moved to New Jersey. Mr. O’Brien died in 1999.
She is survived by her children: Colleen Stafford of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., Kathleen McGowin of Queensbury, N.Y., Timothy O’Brien of Chicago, John O’Brien of Ballston Lake, N.Y., Steve O’Brien of Southampton, and Patrick O’Brien of Buffalo, Wyo. Nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. O’Brien was cremated. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 5 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Lake Hopatcong, the Rev. P. Christopher Muldoon officiating. A graveside service at St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery in Sag Harbor will happen at a date to be determined.
Her family has suggested memorial contributions to Chelberg and Battle Post 388 of the American Legion, 26 Bay Street, Sag Harbor 11963, or Atlantic Visiting Nurse, 465 South Street, Suite 100A, Morristown, N.J. 07960, online at bit.ly/3J1g9AW.