NORTON, MA - Alice M. (Preston) Sabatini (O'Reilly) 86, died Friday July 27 at Epoch Sr. Health Center, Norton, MA. Born in Cumberland to the late Herbert and Elizabeth (Mellor) Preston, she resided there most of her life though she lived more recently in Mashpee, MA and Bradenton, FL before moving to Epoch in 2006.
She was the widow of Peter M. Sabatini and Robert J. O'Reilly. She leaves her sons, Michael O'Reilly and his wife, Paula of Cumberland and John O'Reilly and his wife, Rita of Greene, RI. She also leaves a daughter, Dorothea Maynard and her husband, Russell of Swansea, MA. Alice was the mother of the late Kathleen (O'Reilly) Passarelli and Dennis J. O'Reilly, and was the grandmother of the late Joshua O'Reilly. She leaves her beloved nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren along with her sister-in-law Eleanor Preston of Cumberland and thirteen nieces and nephews.
Alice was a former parishioner of St. Patrick Parish in Cumberland, a former third-degree Franciscan, and was a devoted visitor to LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro. She was a third-Degree Reiki practitioner. Her retail career included W. T. Grants, Woolworth's, and Precious Cargo Gift Shop at the Marriott Hotel in Providence where she was once kissed by Gene Simmons of KISS. Her grandsons were quite impressed.
Visiting hours will be 12 PM-3 PM Saturday August 4 with a prayer service and Celebration of Life beginning at 1 PM at J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Rd., Cumberland RI. A memorial mass at LaSalette will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit
Alice lived a life of faith and joy and in lieu of flowers has requested the consideration of donations made her name to the national Shrine of our Lady of LaSalette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703.
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