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Rita Marie O'Brien


Rita Marie O'Brien

Rita Marie O’Brien (Arseneault) passed away peacefully in Fredericton on December 19th, 2020 at the age of 89 and joined her husband of 64 years in heaven whom she greatly missed. She was born on September 26, 1931 in Dalhousie, NB.

Rita is survived by her three children, Maureen (Punk) Daigle, Michael (Mona) O’Brien and Patti (Donnie) Wilson; her seven grandchildren, Wesley (Kelly), Mitchel, John (Annie), Kristina, Julie (Jordan), Jamie, and Katie (Aaron); and nine great-grandchildren Kyla, Brody, Alyssa, Carson, Brennan, Maëlle, Kieran, Castiel, and Savy. Rita is also survived by her sisters Helene and Jeanette and her brothers Raymond and Reginald.

She is predeceased by her husband Gerald (Jerry) her parents Wilfred and Rose, and her brothers Romeo, and Norman.

Rita worked at the Department of Employment and Immigration where she welcomed all newcomers to Canada with open arms. She never met a stranger. She was passionate about spending time with her grandchildren who referred to her as "Nana". She enjoyed helping others, getting pampered by having her nails and hair done and loved playing with babies. She brought joy to everyone around her.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in place of a funeral or service due to the ongoing social restrictions regarding Covid-19. The family would like to thank the staff at the Chalmer’s Hospital 3SW for their care and compassion, who spent extra time making her feel special in her final days. Online condolences can be placed at
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