Maureen A. (O’Brien) Fessenden, 82, of Teaticket died May 31 at Falmouth Hospital of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
She was the wife of Franklin W. Fessenden, who died in 2016.
Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Stephen and Mary O’Brien.
After graduating from Framingham State College, she followed a career path in which she worked as a teacher in public and private schools; as an executive director of personnel in the office of Michael J. Connolly, a former Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth; and as a senior administrator at Pine Manor College, Dean College, and Brandeis University.
She retired from Brandeis as vice president of human resources in 2002.
Ms. Fessenden was an avid reader who juggled multiple book groups. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and belonged to several groups of spiritually like-minded women and men.
She was a volunteer at the Falmouth Service Center. A staunch Democrat, she worked on behalf of many candidates and causes.
In 2011 she was part of a screening committee that was formed during the town’s search to replace former town manager Robert L. Whritenour Jr. When, after only three meetings, the screening committee’s chairman resigned, selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Maureen Fessenden to the position.
She had also been a member of the Falmouth Newcomers Club, for which she had served on the group's board of directors.
She leaves her children and their families: Frank Fessenden and his wife, Jamie Wallace, and their daughter, Grace, of Arlington; Tracy Fessenden, her husband, Kevin Dalton, and their children, Hadley and Blaise, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Drew Fessenden and his wife, LoriJeane Moody, and their son, Miles, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She also leaves her sister, Peg O'Brien, and extended family.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Paul O'Brien and Stephen O'Brien.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, June 5, at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth.