Loretta May O'Brien (formerly Delaney), and to many known as Lolly, born August 22, 1928 passed peacefully at the age of 88 in her sleep with her family around her on Saturday, October 15th in Ormond beach, FL. She is predeceased by her loving husband Donald O'Brien, sisters Patricia McHugh and Joan Porcarelli. She is survived by her baby sister Frances Delaney, four sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael and Penney, Timothy and Mary, Edward and Beth, and Denis and Karen, her six grandchildren and spouses Kelley and Ed, Colleen and Ryan, Meghan, Michael and Christina, Delaney, and Donovan, and four great grandchildren who loving referred to her as GG, Michael, MacKenzie, Zachary, and Maddox. Born and raised in the Bronx as an Irish Catholic in the early 1930's, Loretta was a tough cookie with a loving heart. She married Donald O'Brien June 10th, 1950 living on Hampton Court in Port Washington until her move to Edgewater, Florida in 1986. Over her many incredible years of her life she attended St. Angela's School Bronx, NY, Class of '42 and St. Vincent's School of Nursing Class of '49. She spent 20 years at home raising the boys. Through a true servant's heart she faithfully cared for her family and their many friends through cooking delicious meals, giving stern talks and advice, and preparing her four boys to be the ideal husbands. She told her daughter-in-laws upfront, "Don't let them fool you they can cook, clean, sew, and of course do windows". Eventually she went back to her passion in nursing. Loretta was an R.N. grad of St. Vincent Hospital of New York and started at the Sands Point Nursing home in NY where she worked for 20 years becoming the Director of Nursing during this journey. Eventually moving south in 1986 she wanted to try out something different trying her hand at real estate, she along with her sister Pat owned and operated Lighthouse Realty of Edgewater, FL. She loved working and making friends with new people, but missed her life's work taking care of others. She became Director of the Adult Day and Health Care of New Smyrna Beach and remained there until her retirement. During her retirement she once again missed her calling and began her years of volunteer work. She loved volunteering at Bert Fish Auxiliary and served as the Membership Chairperson. In her spare time she loved to crochet baby blankets, doll dresses, and Christmas stockings which her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren cherish. She spent many days engrossed in her passion and delight solving puzzles!! Any kind she could get her hands on, crossword, Sudoku, and putting together elaborate thousands of pieces puzzles. Loretta spent many hours collecting, cataloging, and researching both her and Don's family history. From trips to Ireland, contacting long lost family members to creating photo album after photo album we have a rich understanding of our genealogy and allow us to keep her alive for years to come. She was a devoted Catholic who attended mass daily and gave to many, many charitable organizations through the years. She opened up her house to the many wayward and crazy friends of her sons, so many in Port Washington called her house their home away from home. May the gates of heaven have given her the same loving entrance and embrace. In lieu of flowers the O'Brien family would like donations to be sent to her church Sacred Heart in New Smyrna Beach http://sacredheartnsb.com/ Loretta has been cremated and a mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday October 20th at Sacred Heart Church in New Smyrna Beach.
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