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James D. O'Brien

Sunday, March 28, 2004
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel
261 Shelburne Rd.
Burlington, VT

Sunday, March 28, 2004
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Monday, March 29, 2004
10:30 AM

St. John Vianney Church
Interment will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery

James D. O'Brien, 79, of South Burlington died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his home surrounded by his family, following a long battle with cancer. Born in Colchester on Sept. 15, 1924, he was the son of the late Frank R. and Alice Powers O'Brien. He was raised in Shelburne, educated at the Cathedral Grammar and Shelburne Sutton schools, and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1941. He was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 - 1946 and served on the USS Vixen attached to the Atlantic fleet. On Nov. 11, 1947, he married Pauline Perreault, with whom he shared the rest of his life. He joined the Vermont State Police in 1947, serving in Chester until 1951. He was a dairy farmer in Shelburne from 1951 - 1965 and then served as Postmaster in Shelburne from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. In addition to Pauline, his wife of 56 years, he is survived by nine children: Karen of Salem, Mass., James Jr. of South Burlington, Frank of Shelburne, Patricia of Shelburne, Mary Kay and her husband, Daniel Wyand of Danville, John and his wife, Kathleen of Shelburne, Anne and her fiance, Joseph Booska of Essex Junction, Daniel and his wife, Colleen of Tyrone, Ga., and Sheila of Barre. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Sean, Carly and Jillian O'Brien; Keri and her husband, Vance Schug and daughter Kelsie; Carol VanWormer and her fiance Chris Harding; Kristin, Sara and Kelly Wyand; Kiley and Elizabeth O'Brien; Erin Malloy, Katie and her husband, Mark Granger and daughters Emma Larivee and Hayley Granger, James and Robert Malloy, Maggie and Eric O'Brien; and Molly and Eli Cronin. He was predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) and a grandson, Benjamin Cronin. He is also survived by three sisters, Helen and Martha of the Sisters of Mercy in Burlington, and Marjorie of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three brothers, John and his wife Elizabeth of South Burlingon, Robert and his wife Mary of South Burlington, and George of Shelburne; and a sister-in-law Louise O'Brien; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother William and sister Mary Alice Jahntz and a brother and sister who died in infancy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. in St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington. Interment will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vt. 05446.

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