Lorraine O'Brien

Lorraine Joan O’Brien of Nantucket, who leaves family in Falmouth, died September 20 at the age of 90.

She was born in Stewart, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Mary Ackerman and the second youngest of their 14 children.

After attending the University of Minnesota she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she worked for Dallas-Jones Productions.

She met Edward A. O’Brien Jr. in Chicago; the couple wed and were married for nearly 40 years at the time of his death in 1993.

Together they raised their family in Wilton, Connecticut, for 16 years and then lived in New London, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island. When she became a widow Ms. O’Brien made her home in Wellesley before moving to Our Island Home, a nursing facility on Nantucket, in 2016.

While living in Connecticut Ms. O’Brien was a private duty nurse assistant at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan. She also assisted her husband throughout his career as a freelance industrial filmmaker, writer and editor. She worked as a volunteer at the rosary guild at Our Lady of Fatima Church and School.

Family vacations were spent on Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Ms. O’Brien was a self-taught gourmet cook and a lifelong Democrat who enjoyed political discussion.

She leaves her seven children, Michelle Free of Barrington, Rhode Island, Colleen Clopeck of Falmouth, Patricia Lynch of Medfield and Nantucket, Edward A. O’Brien III of Nantucket, Christopher O’Brien of Rogers, Arkansas, and Nantucket, Brian O’Brien of Glen Gardner, New Jersey, and Barry O’Brien of Syracuse, New York; her brother James Ackerman of California; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and extended family.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 12 siblings.

A private family service was held Wednesday, September 23, on Nantucket.

A celebration of her life will be at another time.

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