PAWTUCKET- Catherine Mary (Strzepka) O'Brien, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the home of her son in Dayton, Ohio. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. O'Brien.
Born in Central Falls, the eldest daughter of the late Simon and Mary (Zmuda) Strzepka, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Catherine attended St. Joseph Grammar School, Central Falls and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Pawtucket. She married her beloved John at Sacred Heart Church on September 27, 1947 and thereafter resided on Park St. on the View. Catherine worked as a bookkeeper for over 20 years each at Artistic Leather Novelty, Fountain St. and Reliable Furniture both in Pawtucket. She was an active member and Past-president of the Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 Auxiliary, and a Past-president of the VFW District 5 Auxiliary. Catherine was a longtime parishioner of the former Sacred Heart Church, Park St., where she was a Charter Member of the Guild and also served as a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, and entertaining and helping friends and family.
Catherine leaves her son, Patrick J. O'Brien and his wife, Linda; grandson, Brendan O'Brien; granddaughter, Karen Alekna and her husband, Dave; great-grandsons, Gabriel Patrick O'Brien and Logan O'Brien Alekna; sister, Helen Stempka; brothers, Stanley Stempka and Frank Strzepka, and his wife, Patricia; five nieces; two nephews and many close friends from the View. She was the sister of the late Joseph Stempka.
Her funeral will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 195 Walcott St. She will be interred with her beloved husband at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. VISITATION Monday 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 will be appreciated.