Brunswick-Jeannette Schools O'Brien, 71, of Brunswick, died May 28, 2008, peacefully at her home after a five-year battle with mesothelioma, a traumatic disease that she fought with courage and grace.
She was born in Houlton on July 28, 1936, the daughter of George and Phyllis Brackett Schools. She spent her childhood in Richmond, graduating from Richmond High School in 1954.
On July 30, 1955, she married William (Bill) L. O'Brien and began a life dedicated to her family.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife and daughter whose goodness permeated all those with whom she had contact. Jeannette was a loving, compassionate woman who received her greatest joy from her children and grandchildren. Although not much of a sports fan living in a house of fanatics, her favorite teams were whichever ones her sons or grandchildren were on, or for which her daughter cheered.
She was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo since moving to Brunswick in 1962 Born with a beautiful voice, she served as a cantor and loved singing in the choir.
Surviving is her husband, Bill, who lovingly took care of her throughout her illness; her mother, Phyllis Schools, of Brunswick; her sister, Marilyn Schools of Newington, CT.; her three sons: Kevin and his son Will of Brunswick; Craig, his wife Pam, and daughters Leah and Hannah of Bowdoin; Kyle, his wife Lisa and son Sean of Broomfield, CO.; her daughter, Coleen Curtis and husband Barry, their sons Kevin and Patrick and daughter Caitrin of Shiloh, NC; her sister-in-law Kay Schools of Richmond; and, her best friend since childhood, Joyce Levesque of Brunswick.
She was predeceased by her father George Schools, Sr. and brothers Charles and George, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Monday, June 2, 2008 at St. Charles Borromeo Church on McKeen Street in Brunswick with a reception following the service in the Church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: Family House 233 McKee Pl. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Arrangements are by the Kincer Funeral Home, Richmond.