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Eleanor M. (Kiley) O'Brien

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Eleanor. For a few years, we sat in the pew together in Incarnation Church at the 10:30 Mass. Such a warm and...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Chereen Hogan - Saugus, MA

“Paula,Your mom passed a week after my parents, and I'm so sorry I wasn't there for you, as you were for me. I had to get away for a while. My mom's...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Maria Granfield - Melrose, MA

“Dear Karen, Suzanne, Paula and John and familiesI am so sorry for your loss. Eleanor was the most wonderful, fun loving, kind, generous person I know...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Caitriona Roberts Dublin, Ireland

“Rest in Mrs O'brien. You are with the Lord. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Jorge Patino - friend

“To Eleanor's family and friends: I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I didn't personally know Eleanor, she was a regular presence at Incarnation...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Ellen Latshaw Cunniffe - Melrose, MA

“Karen, Susan, Paula and John, I am so sorry for your loss. Like yourselves I will hold dear many fond memories of your Mom. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Russo - Eastham, MA


7 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Russo - Eastham, MA

“Your mother was a kind woman; she will be missed. I remember delivering your newspaper when you all were tykes! Take care and love from the O...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Bill O'Connell - Amherst, MA

“So sorry for your loss.We worked together for many years,had our laughs, shared our tears, she was a perfect lady. May she rest in peace. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Dorothy Novak - Everett, MA

“Johnny, Karen, Susan & Paula, My condolences to you and your families. Your mother was a wonderful person and a wonderful friend to both my mother...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Judy (Donovan) Wraga - Sharon, MA

“My sincere condolences to all of Eleanor's family. Your mother was a beautiful woman, both inside and out. She always reminded me of Grace Kelly and...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Maurine Garipay - Melrose, MA

“Sending condolences and prayers. Your mother was a wonderful woman. Sincerely, Bob Brazeau ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Robert Brazeau - Talent, OR

“Dear Susan, We so sorry to hear about Your Loss of Your Mother. In time You will realise that Your Mother will always be with You. We hope the love...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Jo-Ann & Susan Fontano - MA

“My deepest sympathy much love to your family ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Pat Ciaramitaro - Gloucester, MA

“Karen, Amy, Alison and O'Brien Family,We are saddened to hear of your loss. Eleanor was always sweet and loving to us every time we met. May the...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Ronnie & Terri Wing - Woburn, MA

“Dear Karen and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have so many wonderful memories of Eleanor. Her gorgeous smile and laugh were...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Byrnes Whiting - Auckland

“To the entire Obrien clan-I am so sorry for your loss. Eleanor was a gem! I loved the way I could see her and have a great conversation at any time...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Campagna - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Eleanor M. (Kiley) O'Brien, a lifelong resident of Melrose passed away suddenly at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on June 12, 2018; she was 85 years of age. Eleanor was a graduate of St. Mary's Elementary School and St. Mary's High School. She enjoyed being a devoted wife and home maker and raising her children. In later years she was employed by Metropolitan Credit Union until her retirement. Eleanor's childhood was spent on the Kiley Farm which later became the location of the Parish of the Incarnation Church. She was a founding member of the church and continued to be an active member to this day. She loved talking about her family history both in Ireland and of those who came to the US. Any holiday or major event was a special time for Eleanor. She would always have a large crowd of her extended family and friends filling her home. She is already greatly missed. Eleanor was the beloved wife of the late John E. O'Brien. Loving mother of John O'Brien and his wife Suzann of Lynn, Karen Ciaramitaro of Melrose and her loving companion Edward Kane, Susan Kilday of Dover, NH and her husband Michael Kilday and Paula Cargill of N. Andover. Cherished grandmother of Katie Kilday Zobniw, Melissa Kilday, Michael Kilday, Amy Ciaramitaro Thomas and Alison Ciaramitaro, Kiley Cargill and Colin Cargill, Brett O'Brien and Sophia O'Brien. She also leaves behind seven great grandchildren that brought her great joy. Caring sister of the late Kathleen (Kiley) McGrath and her late husband Paul McGrath. Devoted sister in law of Alan O'Brien and his wife Ann of Marshfield and the late Carol O'Brien Wilcox and the late Edward O'Brien. Also survived by many cherished and loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Monday, June 18th from 4-8PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 19th at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St. Melrose, at 10AM. Relatives & friends invited. Interment in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 3800 Maple Ave., #435, Dallas, TX 75219.