Jennie A. O'Brien, 92: Supportive family woman, outstanding cook

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YARMOUTH — Jennie A. O’Brien, 92, of Yarmouth, died Dec. 10.

She was born in Boston on May 10, 1921, one of nine children to Lucy and Francis Ritz. She grew up in Jamaica Plain, attended local schools and was married to Francis O’Brien for 66 years. Together they had two children and made their home in Dorchester. She and her husband moved to Maine in 2010 to be closer to their son and his family.

She had a great love for her large extended family, doted on her nieces and nephews and was often sought out by them because of strength and her ready support. After she attended cosmetology school she enjoyed helping anyone in the family with their hair. An outstanding cook she and her sisters would prepare large Italian feasts for the holidays. Her talent for making and decorating cakes made her the go-to person for special occasion cakes. Her signature dish was veal parmigiana thanks to her cousin who worked in a meat market in Faneuil Hall.

She had a good sense of humor, a smile that revealed her spirit and adored her granddaughters. She was a very religious woman. Her faith, along with her husband’s support allowed her to be especially devoted to their daughter, Donna.

She is survived by her son, Michael O’Brien and wife, Brenda, of Gray and their two daughters, Kate and Kristin; as well as a very large extended family.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later time and burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. 

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