Mrs. Janet W. O'Brien of Hanover died Thursday, October 27, 2005 in the Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham after a brief illness. The daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Bernadette Ward Conn, she was born in Melrose. She was raised and educated in Melrose and received a BA Degree in Economics from Tufts University and received an Environmental Fellowship from Tufts. She later received a Master of Public Administration Degree from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Mrs. O'Brien was the first Woman member of the Hanover Planning Board and served on the Hanover Growth Policy Committee as Chairman and later on the Hanover Town Government Study Committee. She was the first elected Woman on the Hanover Board of Selectmen, where she served 12 years, 4 as Chairmen. She was a founding member and first Chairman of the South Shore Coalition and served as the Sate Representative for the towns of Hanover, Rockland and Norwell as Representative, Mrs. O'Brien was the Vice Chairman of Local Affairs and Education Committees and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Land Use and Growth Management. She has been serving as the elected Town Moderator for the Town of Hanover at the time of her death. She formerly was a Schoolteacher in the towns of Beverly and Medford and at Fort Belvoir. She was the Cleanup Coordinator of the North and South Rivers for the Department of Environmental Management and was a Team Mediator for the Joint Labor Management Committee. Mrs. O'Brien was a gourmet cook, an avid reader and enjoyed painting. She is survived by her husband, Dr. John F. O'Brien, 4 daughters: Julieanne Larsen of Duxbury, Amy M. Bird of Doral FL, Dr. Suzanne G. O'Brien of Los Angeles CA and Margaret L. O'Brien of San Juan Puerto Rico and 3 grandchildren, Eric Larsen, Katherine Larsen and Tomas Bird. She was the sister of the late Atty. Donald E.Conn. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 31, 2005 at 11 AM in St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover Street, Rte 139 in Hanover. Internment in Hanover Center Cemetery. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington Street, Rte 53 in HANOVER on Sunday from 1-4 and 7-9 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Hanover Permanent Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 67, Hanover MA 02339.
Information is from Sullivan Funeral Home Website
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