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Gail O'Brien

April 26, 1943November 14, 2020
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Westerleigh resident, Gail O’Brien, 77, loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, died on November 14th. The life-long Islander was born in St. George where she lived with her parents Dominic and Helen Carullo and her siblings, Donald, Nancy, Carol and Casey. The graduate of St. Peter’s Girls HS moved to Westerleigh with her husband Joe. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in August and Gail would often comment about how the years passed so quickly. Gail and Joe shared a love for cruising and enjoyed over 18 cruises together. Joe fondly calls Gail, “his advisor on everything.” They were more than husband and wife; they were the closest friends. Gail worked for Our Lady of Good Counsel and the Alba House but her favorite job and her proudest accomplishment was being Mom and Grandma. Gail adored her children, Scott and Keri. Her eyes lit up whenever she talked about “My Son, My Son” or “my Keri Ann”. Whether it was enjoying family gatherings or just sharing a cup of tea, they loved spending time together. If you ask Scott and Keri to describe their mom, they would undoubtedly tell you that the woman with the biggest heart, brightest smile, and warmest hugs was their guiding light and “Best Friend”. Scott and Keri were the light of her life until Gail had grandchildren and then they stole the show! Gail would do anything for her granddaughters, Callie, Ashley, Kate, Amanda and Addison. Gail spent her time cheering them on at basketball games, snuggling with them during Hallmark movies and chatting with them on the phone. Gail could not get enough of her grandchildren – they were her world! Gail was an extraordinary example for her family. Gail always put other people before herself and she had a wonderful way of making everyone feel special. She genuinely cared about people and brought out the kindness in others. Gail taught her family how to LOVE. Gail is survived by her husband Joseph. Her son, Scott and his wife, Stacie. Her daughter Keri and her husband, Ralph. Her granddaughters, Callie and Kate O’Brien and Ashley, Amanda and Addison Marrocco. Gail is also survived by her siblings Donald Carullo, Nancy Gardella and Sr. Carol Carullo; her nieces, nephews and many cousins.

YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE MOTHER

You can only have one mother, Patient kind and true; No other friend in all the world, Will be the same to you.

When other friends forsake you, To your mother you will turn, For all her loving kindness She asks nothing in return,

As we look upon her picture, Sweet memories we recall, Of a face so full of sunshine, And a smile for one and all,

Sweet Jesus, take this message, To our dear mother up above; Tell her how we miss her, And give her all our love.

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Joanne Conti

November 17, 2020

Gail and I worked together at OLGC. We had a lot of fun and made some great memories. So sorry to hear that she has passed on. Sincere condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Gail.

Joan and Adrian Earley

November 17, 2020

Condolence to Joe and all the family Gale was a great friend I will miss her so much she will always be in my thoughts and prayers RIP Gale ❤❤❤

LilyAnn Sciametta

November 17, 2020

Kerri and I were rivalries on the basketball court in our grammar school and high school years. Ironically enough when it came to playing college ball, we ended up being teammates and eventually becoming the best of friends. I knew of Gail in my early years because I’d see her at the games cheering for Keri. At that time, it was just a casual “hello/goodbye” or she’d say “good game.” As college ball players sharing the court, Kerri and I were each other’s “other half.” We had that connection on the court. Gail was Keri’s “other half”and biggest fan, on and off the court, and Bam too. They were always cheering on the sidelines for Keri. Scott, Joe & Stacey too, a family affair is what ya call it! In my mind, I can still hear Gail screaming with joy and I can see her clapping, as Keri sank a 3 pointer beyond the arc. My friendship with Gail grew as well and my friendship with Keri. The casual “hello and goodbye” from back in the day became a thing of the past and “see you at the house”, “let us know you’re home,” or “Keri wants to know if you’re picking her up” became the new norm. I spent many days at the O’Briens house, sharing lots of laughs, making memories, and I’ll cherish them always. Gail’s laugh was contagious. She had the best sense of humor. She was just so kind and caring. Keri and I would go to the Alba house to visit Gail and we’d also go receive ashes during Lent. The Alba house is still my favorite place to go to pray. Now I’ll reminisce all the more when I go to pray and light candles. The first candle I lite the next time I’m there, will be for Gail. I can still hear the conversations between Kerri and Gail and Bam too. Not too long ago, Gail called me but it was actually by accident. She meant to call her other friend Lillian but she called me instead. We talked, we laughed, we reminisced. I’m grateful that God let that phone call happen as it did. I’ll keep Gail in my heart always. I’ll love her always. Gail & Bam, rest peacefully together.

HeAther Fareri

November 17, 2020

I have known Gail, or Mrs. O’Brien as I have always called her, since I was 12. She was one of the nicest, most honest, humble and God- fearing woman I have ever known. Mrs. O’Brien was also a character who loved to laugh and joke and always had a smile and a good word for everyone. As her daughter Keri and I got older and we started going out on our own, Mrs. O’Brien would always watch us go from the window or the door. Then she would light a candle for our safe return. That always stuck with me. It was the sweetest gesture from one of the world’s sweetest people. I know she is in heaven, lighting candles for all of us now. I know Mrs. O’Brien will be watching over her family and their friends because that’s what she did when she graced this planet and that’s what she will do as an angel in heaven.

Kristen Reilly

November 16, 2020

When I met Keri in February 1993, I not only was fortunate to have her become part of my life but you as well.
I’ll never forget meeting you for the first time. I remember you looking at me with a bright big smile. Keri lead me to her room and said, “Kristen stay here, I just need to jump in the shower. “. She left the door open a crack and within minutes of Keri going in to the shower, you came right into her room and sat right next to me on the bed. You asked me some routine questions and then asked, “Where are you girls going tonight?” I told you Bleachers and you gave such a smirk and walked out before Keri came back.
I later found out that Keri did not tell you where we were going and that you purposely got the info out of me (lol).

Another memory I have is when Keri picked me up, you would be in the back seat with your eyes closed while she drove.

You truly made my college years more enjoyable as well as memorable.
I loved coming back to your house and have you ask us tons of questions and then blowing out the candle (as long as Scott was home for the night too.).

I love you Gail and I miss you so much already.

Dolores B Bowman

November 16, 2020

Gail,
Still can't believe we won't be doing the dishes together during the holidays. Thank you for raising a terrific son (and daughter), and thank you for being such a good mother-in-law to Stacie and a loving grandma to your grandkids. You will be missed!
Love, Dolores and Glenn

Theresa & John Ventrudo

November 15, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to your mom. Let her be the brightest star in the sky when you look up to the heavens. She will be surely missed by so many but may her fond memories always bring you comfort. Thinking of you all. 💗

Joan and Adrian Earley

November 15, 2020

Condolence to Joe and all the family Gail will be sadly missed I will always remember her as a great friend🙏🙏🙏

Bayer Family

November 15, 2020

A beautiful smile to match the beautiful energy she brought to the front row of all the girls’ games. May she rest in paradise 🙏🏼❤️

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