May 16, 1931 – Oct. 24, 2014
Ann Katherine O’Brien, a retired records clerk at Erie County Medical Center and Eucharistic minister, died Friday in her Town of Tonawanda home after a long battle with a respiratory illness that required her to use oxygen support for years. She was 83.
The former Ann McCarthy graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1949. In addition to working full time as a records clerk for 23 years at ECMC, she also served as a medical assistant and for three decades she was employed by her friend Lucy Ciancone at an accounting business.
She served as a Eucharistic minister at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, the McAuley Residence nursing home in Kenmore and at St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo’s University Heights section.
Mrs. O’Brien served for years as a den mother for the Boy Scouts, holding neighborhood meetings at her North Buffalo home. She also volunteered for various charitable causes, including the March of Dimes and Catholic Charities.
“She was always on the move, even with her oxygen tank in her car,” said Martin O’Brien, one of her sons. “She was always taking care of others. She always remembered the cleaning women at Christmas. My mother was a loving, caring and giving individual.”
Her husband of 50 years, Vincent G. O’Brien, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker, died in 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Utzig and Mary Stanek; four sons, Matthew, Mark, Timothy and Martin; a brother; and 15 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.