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Dorothy Lynch O'Brien, 100

Dorothy (Lynch) O’Brien, 100, of Williamstown, MA and Manhasset, NY passed peacefully on Thursday November 17, 2022. She was born in Bronx, NY on March 28, 1922, to James and Gertrude (née Kipp) Lynch. She attended local schools in the Bronx and graduated from College of New Rochelle, New York in 1943. On July 11, 1950, she married Miles O’Brien. They shared 41 years before his passing in January 1991. Miles and Dorothy spent much of their married life living in Long Island, NY and settled in Manhasset in 1967 where they built a life and raised their four children.

She was a long-time communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in Manhasset. After graduation from college, Dorothy was devoted to her career where she worked for Vogue Pattern Book initially for the editor then as Fashion Editor. She had varied interests and was always up for an adventure. Some of her favorite things were traveling, gardening, cooking, attending theater and arts events in NYC, fashion, skiing, and raising her family. Favorite travel destinations included Italy, France, Russia, and Greece. When not traveling you could always find Dorothy tending to her garden, planning next year’s plantings, or reading the New York Times.

Throughout her life Dorothy also loved spending summers with her family in Hampton Bays enjoying the beach, boating, and water skiing. Through her mid 70’s she continued to ski and took an occasional horseback ride. She instilled a love of skiing in her children and grandchildren as she would take them on frequent ski trips to Vermont and the Berkshires. She loved spending time with her grandchildren whether it was on the ski slopes, in the kitchen, or traveling. In 2018 Dorothy moved to Williamstown and made wonderful new friends. Her family and friends were on hand in March 2022 to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday in Lenox, MA.

Dorothy leaves her children, Peter and his wife Elaine of Gardner, CO; Ann of NYC; Andrew of Port Washington, NY; and Charles and his wife Lisa of Williamstown, MA. Her grandchildren, whom she adored, include Cory, Elizabeth, Jason, and great-grandson (and master fisherman) Hunter. Dorothy had a wonderful extended family and is survived by her sister Mary Elizabeth; sister-in-law Gail; and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother James, and grandson Michael.

The funeral and services are private and will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne , NY at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Hospice of Western Massachusetts, 55 Church Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, or to a charity of your choice. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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To Andy, Jason & Hunter, our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of such a lovely lady. Whenever we see lilacs, we'll think of her. RIP Mrs. O'Brien
from: Tom & Evelyn Garofaloon: 11-29-2022

Charlie & family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Sending my deepest sympathy to you all.
from: Christine Ciskowskion: 11-25-2022

Family of Dorothy,
Iam sorry to hear of dorothys passing. But to have lead her life as she did will leave a footpint in all the lives she touched. The best part of my service with at home tlc was getting to spend time with her. She will be.missed dearly
Nancy walker
from: Nancyon: 11-22-2022

Just a great lady with so much energy, The beautiful family I was blessed to part of is so appreciated. After 100 years rest in peace and I will always keep you on my mind.
from: Dave Tannenbaumon: 11-22-2022

Charlie and family, Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
from: Bet Azaron: 11-22-2022

Dear Mary Elizabeth, Peter, Ann, Andy, Charles and Lisa and all the family. Dorothy had an impact on me in the short time I’ve known her. She was not a person that displayed big signs of affection but I had the feeling it was felt inside. I truly adored her. She provided me with an appreciation of the arts on stage, in movies, in music especially and of course, with the paint brush. Although I’ve met many of you over the past couple of years, I got to know you through her stories. She truly loved her family and she really lit up when talking with her grandchildren and that amazing little fisherman, Hunter. She spoke proudly of all of her family. She was a great woman and I had the pleasure of knowing her. I’m so glad we crossed paths.
Take care,

from: Michelle DeRoseon: 11-21-2022