Brunswick- Marjorie J. (Carroll) O’Brien, 85, a longtime resident of Brunswick, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Friday, February 13, 2015.
Born in Troy, July 1, 1929, Marjorie was the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Margaret V. (Griffin) Carroll and for over 55 years the wife of the late Carl J. O’Brien Sr., who predeceased her in November 2004. Marjorie and Carl were married on May 30, 1949.
Marjorie is survived by her loving children, Carl (Judy) O’Brien Jr. of Brunswick, Kerry (Kevin) Franklin of Menands, Maura (John) Naples of Brunswick; grandchildren, Daniel (Deanna) Franklin, Johnny (Kristen) Naples, Brian Franklin, Nicholas Naples and Erin Franklin; great-grandchildren, Dylan Franklin, Chase Naples, and Liam Franklin.
Marjorie is also survived by her brother, William Carroll of Seminole, FL, sister-in-law, Noreen Carroll of Brunswick, brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Walter and Patricia O’Brien of Hudson, and Barbara O’Brien of Orange, CA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Bernard Jr. and Thomas Carroll, and a sister, Sally Zareski, brothers-in-law, Edward Zareski and Francis O’Brien, and sisters-in-law, Theresa and Betty O’Brien.
Marjorie was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School. She began working outside the home when the last of her children began school and was employed by Questar III BOCES for over 20 years as a teacher’s aide. She retired in 1987.
Her family was very important to her, and she always supported her children in all of their activities, such as sports, 4-H, scouting, and their schoolwork. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life. Along with her husband, Carl, they never missed an opportunity to attend their school concerts, field days, or the many sporting events their grandchildren participated in.
Mrs. O’Brien was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, crafting, and camping with Carl. During the summer months, she and Carl could be found attending all the local county fairs. They loved to travel and visited Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, and Ireland. In the summer of 1968 they traveled cross country with their family.
Marjorie was a communicant of the former St. Francis DeSales Church and Our Lady of Victory, a member of the Home Bureau, the Ladies Auxiliary of both the Center Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. and the Brunswick Elks Lodge, and a former director of the Schaghticoke Fair.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 P.M.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to either the Make a Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York , 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205 or Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 in memory of Marjorie J. O’Brien.