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“Dan, Jim, Dan Jr., and Bill; I am so sorry for your loss and I extend my sincerest sympathies. I am sure you all have great memories of your wife...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Doug Lawrence - DARIEN, CT

“Our deepest condolences to Dan and the family. Mary Ellen will be deeply missed. Anne, Tom, Matt, Ray and all the Brown Family. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: The Brown Family - Grafton, VT

“Dear Dan and Family - so many happy times with Dan - Mary Ellen and the boys - we would love to be with you but the weather is not cooperating - we...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Gerard Adams - Underhill

“Kevin and I were deeply saddened when we heard Mary Ellen passed away. Our hearts ache for you all. We had so many good times together, always full...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Kevin and Linda Malloy - Sarasota, FL


Mary Ellen O'Brien, a resident of Darien, passed away on February 9, 2017 at Stamford Hospital. Born on October 12, 1938 in Teaneck, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James and Celestia Roe. She was 78 year of age. After graduating from the Academy of the Holy Angels in Fort Lee, NJ, she attended college at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ. Shortly after attending college she worked in publishing in New York City. She married Daniel H. O'Brien of Darien in June of 1965. Daniel and Mary Ellen lived together in Darien, CT for the past 51 years. During that time she successfully raised three boys, managed a home (and sometimes two) and worked as a bookkeeper for Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond in Stamford, CT. From an early age Mary Ellen loved the beach and the water, spending many summer days at the Jersey Shore with her friends and family. After getting married, her love of the ocean grew stronger, and she enjoyed spending her weekends and summer vacations with her family boating on Long Island Sound. Although she maintained other family homes in New Hampshire and Vermont throughout her life, she never grew tired of her home in Darien and the allure of New York City. Mary Ellen also enjoyed gardening, decorating, cooking and entertaining. Most of all, she loved her family and was always putting the needs of others in front of her own, which is something we will always miss but will endeavor to carry on. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Daniel O'Brien; sons James M. O'Brien; Daniel H. O'Brien, Jr. and his wife Nancy and William P. O'Brien and his wife Sheila. Mary Ellen also has two sisters, Celestia Diegmann and Patricia Neulen and her husband Cameron. In addition, she is survived by eight wonderful grandchildren whom she love dearly, and who in return graciously accepted being spoiled by her whenever the opportunity presented itself (which was often). A wake will be held on Sunday, February 12th between the hours of 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10:00 AM at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., #202, Stamford, CT 06902 or to Darien Emergency Medical Services/Post 53, P. O. Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com