Regina O’Brien

November 17, 2019
Regina O’Brien

Regina O’Brien passed away at home on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Regina—known as Jean to her friends—lived in New Jersey and Sarasota, Florida, before moving permanently to Wilmington fifteen years ago. She worked for many years as a legal secretary in New York City, was later a secretary at Kean College of New Jersey, and also sold real estate for a while in New Jersey.

Regina loved her late husband, James O’Brien, her children and grandchildren. She cherished many strong friendships, some of which began in childhood and lasted for decades. She loved travel, the beach, card games, reading nonfiction books, and her Catholic faith.

Regina was predeceased by her husband, her sister Irene and her brother Frank. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth White and her husband Matt, her son John O’Brien and his wife Victoria Olwell, and her five grandchildren: Amy White and her husband Kevin Mom, Mary White, David White, Aidan O’Brien-Olwell, and Maeve O’Brien-Olwell. She leaves behind many friends in Wilmington, whose company she cherished, as well as a large number of friends and family across the country with whom she kept in touch through cards, letters, e-mail, and Facebook.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Therese’s Roman Catholic Church, where she was a parishioner, in Wrightsville Beach, on Saturday, November 23, at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

After the ceremony, people are welcome to come to Elizabeth and Matt White’s home, 406 Linden Lane, Wilmington.”

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • November 20, 2019
    Kevin & Maxine Maguire and family says:
    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Aunt Jean was such a warm, loving person. We all share such wonderful memories of time spent with her.

  • November 20, 2019
    Heidi Ann Morris says:
    To Liz and Matt and Family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. Heidi Morris and your neices Rachael and Sarah White

  • November 21, 2019
    The Gibson Family (Melissa, Rob & RJ) says:
    My heart goes out to everyone who loved Aunt Jean. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed.

  • November 24, 2019
    Darren Hudak says:
    Aunt Jean was a wonderful person who’s presence will be greatly missed.

  • November 27, 2019
    Frank Murphy says:
    Aunt Jean was a dear lady, all about the love of family. My thoughts are with you, John and Liz and your families. I was so fortunate to have an extended talk with her recently. Love Frank and Atticus, and family.