Evelyn G. LaVoice O’Brien passed away in the care and comfort of her home in Wilbraham on Thursday, April 19, 2012 surrounded by her children. She was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 24, 1925 to the late Joseph LaVoice and Julia Mary (Ouellette) LaVoice.
Mrs. O’Brien spent her childhood and young adult life in Springfield, a city that she loved. She was well versed in its history and enjoyed collecting historical memorabilia related to the city. In her later years she assisted her daughter with Bright Nights at Forest Park where she was affectionately known as Elf Emeritus. She was a champion roller skater in the 1940’s. She worked as the manager of The Bombay Shop in the early years of the Eastfield Mall. She moved with her family to Wilbraham in 1966. She was a charter member of the The Wilbraham Disabilities Commission on which she served for many years. But what she loved the most was being a mother.
Left to celebrate her life are her devoted children: Constance J. O’Brien and her husband Michael S. Ghazil, Cheryl E. O’Brien and her husband David A. Robinson, Cynthia R. O’Brien and her partner Sheryl L. Valentine, Shawn P. O’Brien and his dear friend Robert Cleveland, and William M. O’Brien and his wife Barbara A. O’Brien. Cherishing her memory are her brother George LaVoice, her beloved sister Jean Michalak, and her good neighbors Pat and Jack Shea and Joyce Barron.
She was predeceased by her husband Charles S. O’Brien, her brother Ralph W. (John) LaVoice, and her sister Eleanor (Molly) LaVoice.
Meeting her at the Rainbow Bridge is Ari, the dog of her heart.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 11 AM from the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow with graveside services following in East Cemetery in Wilbraham. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 9-11 AM.
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Funeral services celebrating her life will be Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 11 AM from the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow with graveside services following in East Cemetery in Wilbraham.