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Elizabeth J. O'Brien


Elizabeth (“Betty”) J. O’Brien (nee Guinane), age 88 of Wayne, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2017.

Betty was born in Gloucester, MA and grew up in White Plains, NY. After graduation from high school, she attended Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ and graduated with a major in Business and minor in Spanish. While at college she met and fell in love with her roommate’s brother, David O’Brien. They were married in 1953.

They moved to New Milford, NJ and then settled in the Packanack Lake section of Wayne, NJ in 1962 to raise their five children.

After the untimely death of her husband in 1969 at the age of 43, Betty was devoted to raising her family.

Betty returned to work and had a very successful career as an Executive Assistant to the Medical Director of American Cyanamid.

Betty was dedicated to her Catholic faith and most recently was a parishioner of Our Lady of The Valley Church. Through the Church she volunteered providing homebound people with rides to their healthcare appointments. She continued her volunteer work at the Foundation For The Handicapped of Wayne where she worked with the “kids” for over 20 years.

In more recent years, Betty enjoyed residing at Sunrise of Wayne. She was an active resident who quickly made new friends and participated in all activities including bingo and rummikub. When not socializing, she was a voracious reader and could be found with a book in hand.

Betty was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. The family enjoyed many vacations visiting relatives in Old Say Brook, CT and the Jersey Shore. She will be remembered as a kind, strong woman who was sharp as a tack, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She will be sincerely missed by everyone that knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by her four children, David O’Brien and his wife Marci of Wayne, Betsy O’Brien of Coopersburg, PA, Joe O’Brien and his partner Thomas Barker of Guttenberg, NJ and Patty O’Brien of Parsippany, NJ; three grandchildren, Lisa and her husband Tommy Gyongyosi of Andover, Jacob O’Brien and Jesse O’Brien of Wayne; four great grandchildren, Alexis Alberti, Kyra Alberti, Carly Gyongyosi, Zach Gyongyosi and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband David O’Brien (1969), her daughter, Sharon Sasso (2002) and sister Mary Finch (1994).

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8PM on Friday September 29, 2017 at VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne.

A funeral service will be held 10AM on Saturday September 30 at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name may be made to the Foundation For The Handicapped, Inc., 30 Woodridge Terrace, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book


We are very sorry for the family's loss. Lisa, your Grandma was 1 in a million and I know you loved her and was close with her like I was with Lily. The loss is incredible and the pain is deep. Hold onto every single moment and memory. I love you. Dan, Dawn and Tucker

Dan & Dawn McCune


May the Angels welcome you in their arms, Rest Easy Knowing you were So Loved <3

Rose Agunzo


I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beloved grandmother. You are in our thoughts and prayers xo

Rachel and Anthony Catapano


Betty was my wonderful upstairs neighbor for 24 years. I was blessed that she was always so considerate and yet tolerated my loud TV with such good nature! It was also my good fortune to get to know her and her family over the years. It was great to see how devoted she was to them and how devoted they were to her. Over the years we shared many a laugh and good times. Her sharp wit and good works made a lasting impression on me. She helped so many people! I wish we could go out to lunch just one more time Betty, so I could be sure you knew how much I appreciated your friendship. I’ll miss you!



To all of Betty's Family- I am so sorry for your loss. My mother Mary (Mimi) Skinnion was Betty's cousin. My mother always said how close they were as youngsters spending summers in Gloucester, MA. Since my mother passed in 2005 I would occasionally call Betty. securityShe was sharp as a tack and her faith was strong. God bless!

Beth Skinnion Murphy


We send our love and sympathies and hope that the grieving goes easily and the warm memories bring you comfort.

April Martin and Susan Alexander


Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Rosie Castillo


David, Please know the Cleary family is thinking of you and your family during this time. We know she was very proud of her son.

Kevin Cleary


Dave and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Irene Mangeri

Irene Mangeri


Patty, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. xo Mary Ann

Mary Ann Landry


Dear David, Betsy, Joe and Patty, I am deeply saddened to hear that your mom has passed away. She was a wonderful person and I have so many great memories of her and growing up in Packanack Lake with the O'Brien family. Your mom was a very dear friend of my parents. My dad used to say that "Betty O'B" was one of the nicest people he had ever met. I will always remember her kindness and wonderful sense of humor. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May all of your treasured memories of your mom comfort you during this difficult time. xo Ginny

Ginny Gourley Burgess


To the O'Brien family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of delivering her mail on valley road. It was a joy to ring the chimes. She was a highlight of my day. The lord needed another angel. When you get lonely just look up into the night sky, she will be the brightest star shining down on you.

Marleen McMurdy


Dave, I just read about your mom, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

barbara Hageman

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