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Laura Ann (Walsh) O'Brennan

Born: Fri., Jun. 5, 1953
Died: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017

Memorial Mass

9:00 AM Fri., Jan. 20, 2017
Location: St Andrews Catholic Church

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jan. 20, 2017
Location: Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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Laura Ann O’Brennan, 63, of Sierra Vista, passed away peacefully at Tucson Medical Center on Jan. 13, 2017, after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life Gerald O’Brennan who she married in 1986. Laura was born June 5, 1953 in Scranton, Penn., to the late Edward T. Walsh and Mae R. Walsh (Bellucci). She is survived by her brother Edward R. Walsh of Whitney Point, N.Y.; sisters- and brother-in-laws, Sandra (James Diffin), Donna (Eddie Garmany), Niece Stacy Mae Walsh and Nephew Jason E. Walsh and fiancee, Tiffany Jingoor, all of Binghamton, N.Y.; and stepchildren David O’Brennan, Gerry O’Brennan, and Teri Hartroce. Laura also left behind her Golden Retriever, beloved best friend and companion, Buddy, who she spoiled and adored.

Laura grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. and graduated in 1971. She worked for a law firm and as a clerk in N.Y. state unemployment office. In 1973, she enlisted in Regular Army and was assigned to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. as a stenographer/ clerk typist. She was honorably discharged from Regular Army in 1976 at the rank of Sergeant. In 1976, Laura enlisted in the USAR as a Reservist. As a member of the USAR, she completed her training at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where she later achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. Laura was appointed as a full-time Federal Civil Service Employee in 1976 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. where she worked for the Adjutant General. It was during this time when she met her husband Gerald, who also served in Regular Army as a Personnel Officer for the Adjutant General. Laura accepted a transfer to Fort Huachuca, and was assigned as a Civil Service Procurement Analyst and worked for the U.S. Army Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca. In 1995, she was promoted to Contract Specialist and later Supervisory Contract Specialist or Branch Chief of NETCOM. During her career as a Civil Servant she earned her Master’s Degree in Executive Development for Public Service with a Major in Business. After 36 years as a federal service employee, Laura retired in 2008 and pursued other interests.

She was a member of St. Andrews Church. Laura volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul’s and held the position of financial manager until her health prevented her from performing her duties. She enjoyed Zumba classes and couldn’t wait to take her Buddy for long walks around the block or to the park. She always had a positive attitude and enjoyed helping others. Laura was a kind wonderful sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly by all who knew her and came to know her. The family would like to send a special thanks to Mom Janet and John Neal, daughter Janet and Troy Weiss who invited Laura into their hearts and home many years ago. She was like a daughter/sister to them. Also a special thanks to Laura’s close friend and neighbors for assisting her in her time of need.

There will be a mass at St. Andrew's church on Friday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m. Friends are asked to join the family at St. Andrew’s Hall immediately after mass for a light breakfast.

A Memorial Service will be held that afternoon at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Chapel at 2 pm. At Laura’s request, she will be cremated and placed next to her beloved husband, Gerald.

In lieu of flowers, friends are requested to make donations to St. Vincent de Paul in Laura’s name. While we grieve her passing, we celebrate her life. With our grief comes the lightness of hope.

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