Sylvia M O’Brien - November 29, 2014

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COEYMANS HOLLOW – Sylvia M O’Brien, 72, of Coeymans Hollow went home to the Lord on Saturday, November 29, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was an avid sewer, quilter, and scrapbooker who also enjoyed completing puzzles. She retired as the supervisory bookkeeper at the Visiting Nurses Association of Albany after 33 years. More importantly was the unconditional love she taught and shared with her family. This was most evident during the holidays when she hosted large festive gatherings characterized by amazing food, games, camaraderie and lots of laughter. These traditions that were so essential to her will be carried on by her children. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile, welcoming spirit, giving heart, straightforward words of wisdom and open door.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her spouse, Harold J O’Brien, Jr. Survived by her children David (Linda), Lisa (Bill), Karen (Johnny), Lance (Jennifer), Bruce (Nancy), Linda (Art), Jodi (Bob), Robin (Tom), and 30 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. Her sibling, Douglas (Cathy) Hinkley and sister-in-law Reba Hinkley. Sylvia was predeceased by her son Mark S. O’Brien, her parents, Carroll Hinkley and Patricia and Robert Brown and her sibling Robert.

Family and friends are invited to join us for a casual (dress) celebration of Sylvia’s life at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Coeymans Hollow (1313 Route 143) on Wednesday, December 3rd between 4:30 - 6:30 with service immediately following. Rev. Lance T. O’Brien officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sylvia’s name to the Albany Housing Coalition Inc. whose goal is to eliminate homelessness among veterans in the Capital District. (278 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12210)