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Marybeth O'Sullivan

Died: Wed., Jan. 30, 2013


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 01, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 01, 2013
Location: Quealy and Son Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Sat., Feb. 02, 2013
Location: St. Bridget Church

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Marybeth O’Sullivan of Brockton, January 30, age  59; Loving mother of Heather O’Sullivan, Marybeth Rudisile, Michael O’Sullivan, Ryan Frazer,  and Samantha Frazer. Loving sister of Herb Gathercole, Louise Krauss, Janine Keary, Susan Cummings, Ken Gathercole, Bob Gathercole, and Celine Tinkham; Loving grandmother of Evan, Edie, Brady, Aubrey, Johnny, and Bella. Loving daughter of the late Herbert and Louise Gathercole.

Funeral from the Quealy & Son Funeral Home 116 Adams Street Abington Saturday February 2 at 8am followed by a funeral mass in St. Bridget Church, Abington 9am. Visitation Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Interment at a later date St. Francis Cemetery, Weymouth. In lieu of  flowers donations can be made to; My Brother’s Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton MA 02356.

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Claire Makrinikolas
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Marybeth was a wonderful woman so caring and so full of life.
It was an honor to work with her.
My prayers with the family at this very sad time.

Vivien Roman-Hampton, USN, ARNG
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. It was a honor to know Marybeth, she touched a lot of lives in so many positive ways.

Paul McCaffrey Boston Parks Department
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
My deepest sympathies. Mary Beth cared for and help so many people. Working with her was always a pleasure.

Fair winds and following seas.


Julie & Vern Spriggs
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers .
she is at peace in god's loving arms.
love ,
Vern & Julie

CDR Bob Chambers USN (Ret.)
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Mary Beth will be missed by everyone including the many thousands of men and women she helped join the Navy and Navy Reserve. She was the hardest working Navy recruiter I ever met and lit up the room whenever she was present.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the many friends she made.

Bob Chambers
CDR USN (Ret.)

Commander Bart Rowe
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
To the family and friends of Marybeth, I send my sympathy and wishes for peace to all.

Very respectfully,
Bart, a Navy Teammate

Kitty Mahoney
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
I first met Marybeth at our Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nursing conference in 2007 where she spoke about at risk and homeless veterans, and about an opportunity to volunteer at Operation Stand Down. That first year, MAPHN nurses volunteered to provide foot care for this vulnerable population. We started with 2 nurses and have grown to 24 nurse volunteers and medical reserve corps volunteers who still provide this valuable and unmet health need to this population. It is with heartfelt sadness that we hear of Marybeths passing. There is a short video that talks about Marybeth introducing the nurses to Operation Stand Down on our website www.maphn.org.
Thank you, Marybeth, for giving us the opportunity to serve in such a meaningful weay.

Ferrell and Betty Mikell
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Our hearts are saddened at the loss of your mother, sister, or friend. We know she is at peace and will always be in our hearts. We are blessed that we found your family through our Fletcher family research!!!

Rosemarie Langley. Cape Coral, Florida
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She had to have been a wonderful mother to have raised such an outstanding family. Take care of each other.

Captain James W. Kelley, Jr. USNR (Ret)
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Marybeth was an outstanding officer and friend. I mourn her loss but am glad that our paths crossed. There are some people in life we meet that make us better men and women. Marybeth was one of those. She was a bright light that was with us for a brief time. I think William Shakespeare said it best, when he wrote - "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers". As the former Commanding Officer of NRRC Area Five, I know that I speak for all the men and women who served with Marybeth and wish her family well. She was shipmate and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.

CAPT Eric W. Johnson, USN
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
On behalf of all the many Sailors and Shipmates whose lives Marybeth touched, including my own, I wish to express my deepest sorrow and sympathy at her passing. She was a truly original and genuine person, all heart, selfless, and loving. We are better people for having known her, and the world seems somehow a little smaller for her leaving us too soon. My she rest in the Lord's embrace and know that she was loved. My thoughts and prayers will be with Marybeth and her family.

Thomas Keane
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
I served with CDR OSullivan she was a true leader and patriot she will be
sorely missed. My condolences and heartfelt sympathies.
HMC Tom Keane USN/Ret

Ken and Debbie Gathercole
   Posted Thu January 31, 2013
Rest in peace, my dear sister. I am so proud of you for all the things that you accomplished during your life. It was, indeed, a life well lived, and in the service of others. I was very happy to have helped you though the last days of your life. I will never forget you, and will love you always. God bless and keep you, Mare....

Laura Moriarty
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
To Mary Beths family My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Mary Beth was a dear friend and coworker of mine. She was a warm and caring nurse and friend. I know how much she loved all of you. She will always be with you.May you find peace that she is with Christ now.

Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Oh Dearest Friend and Colleague, My Heart is Wounded! Mary Beth was a dedicated advocate for veterans and an outstanding veteran woman role model. She has left an inspiring life and legacy of love, leadership and service. Mary Beth was a dedicated Catholic veteran who on several occasions while working with me at the Chelsea Soldier's Home attended Catholic Mass with me in the Soldiers' Home Catholic Chapel. You have constantly been in my prayers and rosaries. May Our Blessed Mother, your namesake, and mine, with the Nine Choirs of Angels Guide You to Heaven. You are already sorely missed my friend. I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the O'Sullivan family. I will be posting a special remembrance on The Massachusetts Association of Women Veterans website. Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her O Lord and Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her and May Her Soul and the Soul's of the Faithful Departed Through the Mercy of God Rest in Peace.
+ HdG, Dna. Maria St. Catherine De Grace Sharpe, o.s.m., O.SS.T.
US Air Force Officer Veteran
Founder: The Boston Commission on Women Veterans
Former & Renewing Member, Catholic War Veterans
Greater Boston

Pamela Slauzis
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Marybeth was a pleasure to work with at the Brockton VA Medical Center.
She touched the hearts and lives of many women veterans and staff. Her besa
beautiful smile and heart will be missed.

Michael Cunningham
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
I was saddened to hear about Mary Beth's passing. Thank you for all the help you gave me working with veterans over the years. You made a tremendous impact on many people whose lives have been changed for the better simply because they ran into you and listened to your VUB presentation. Commander, you are the best!!

Pat O'Shea RNP
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
So Sad! What a wonderful friend and colleague.
We will miss her and all her terrific work on behalf of Veterans!

Pam and Tom Delaney
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Dear Ken, Deb, & Mary's Family,
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. As we know Mary will never be far from your hearts. She is at peace now, watching over you all.
At this sad time, hard as it will be , try to remember all the laughter and joy you had with your sister, mom, & loved one.
Pam and Tom Delaney

Lindsey Ferris
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Two years ago, I was just starting at a new job at Volunteers of America- young and not sure what I was doing- I was thrown into the position of organizing the Veterans Massachusetts Stand Down. Through this, I had the honor and privledge to meet Marybeth. She was one of the "rocks" of Stand Down. She knew the ins and outs of the event, she was at every meeting and most of all she truly cared so much about every veteran we served. I feel blessed to have had Marybeth as a co-worker and eventually a friend. She was such a kind, warm, welcoming and genuine person. Her smile and kind heart won't be forgotten by me- or the hundreds of veterans she helped through the years. She will be sorely missed.

Viviana Cordoba
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
I lost a mentor and a friend. MaryBeth was always encouraging and even worried about my health even though she was going through a tough battle with cancer. Thank you for being such a strong advocate for those in need, an awesome woman veteran and such a wondering friend. Thank you for always sharing your light and love with those around you. Words can't express how much you'll be missed.

Dottie & Wayne Lewis
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
We are deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. Marybeth was a wonderful caring and compassionate woman, Mother, Grandmother and Friend. She touched the lives of so many people. She has now gone home to her Father in Heaven for Her rest and to watch over all. Her pain and suffering has now come to an end , she leaves all with the sadness of her absence. I know that She will be missed by her family and all the lives she touched. I hope that you can find comfort in all the thoughts, prayers and understand that her memory will forever live on in all whose lived were touched by her. God Bless to All.

Bill Holmes
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
I taught many vetrans at U Mass Boston who were helped by her. I saw the beneficial effects her efforts had on their progress. There are few greater accomplishments than to help other's succeed. She has my utmost respect.

Peter Maxon
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
I met MaryBeth while volunteering with my Seabee shipmates at 'Operation Stand Down' in S.Boston. To this day, I remember her first impression on us "what a super lady and she's a Navy officer!" We ALL would do anything for her. She had that kind of magnetism. MaryBeth got me to go to 'Veterans Upward Bound'. Best thing I ever did.
My heart goes out to her family. Life can be so cruel sometimes. But CDR O'Sullivan would say "keep up your effort, you'll make it." God Bless Her...
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate!!
Chief Peter G. Maxon, USNR, Coastal Riverine Squadron Eight

Fr. Paul Helfrich
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
As the Catholic chaplain at UMass Boston I was privileged to not only know Marybeth but to have an office just down the hall from hers. I saw her frequently both at daily Mass and during informal interactions. She was a very faith filled woman whose care and concern for others, especially her family, was very evident. She will be sorely missed by myself and the Catholic community at UMass Boston.

May the peace and consolation of the Lord Jesus be with you.

Susan A Cuddy,Captain,NC, USN (ret)
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
What a los to our Veterans community,to the Navy Nurse Corps and to her family. MaryBeth was special. She had her own way of handling issues and she always did it with a smile,that big beautiful smile. May God keep her family safe and secure. Rest in Peace MaryBeth, You are with the Angels now.

Katherine Ananis
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Wishing you the comfort and peace that comes from knowing that Marybeth is with our Lord and caring for her family and friends from heaven.

Marybeth was a very special friend and she will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Katherine Ananis
UMass Boston

Lino Covarrubias, LCDR, U.S. Navy (RET)
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
Marybeth was one of a kind- enthusiastic, professional, hard working, 150% Navy, and beyond all a great friend and shipmate. Marybeth taught me so much about Navy Medical Recruiting. I had the honor of taking over the helm from her at the Navy Reserve Recruiting Office in Quincy, MA. As I always told her, “It will always be your office, I’m just keeping the seat warm for you”. “Make Goal- Go Fishing.”… Enjoy the fishing Marybeth.

Cheryl Lussier Poppe
   Posted Fri February 01, 2013
My sincere sympathies to MaryBeth's family and dear friends. We have lost a dear friend and advocate. Rest in Peace Dear Angel, your earhly mission is now complete. We are forever thankful for the legacy you have left for others to follow.


Karen McWilliams
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Though we had only brief encounters during St Bridget's Thursday night prayer group, I always knew you as a woman of peace, deep faith and a mother with deep love for her family. I am blessed to have met such a beautiful soul. It is obvious you have touched the hearts of many people in this life and your love will continue to be felt by all those who ever had the honor of knowing you. You will be missed. God bless.

Anne Marie Craman
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Dear family and friends of Marybeth:
Marybeth presided over my commissioning on the U.S Constitution as a Navy Reserve Nurse. She brought me into the reserves. I will never forget her tremendous love of life. She was always upbeat, energetic and giving. I enjoyed hearing about her children who were young at the time of our meeting. She was very proud of them. I envision her the picture of sunlight. She was very much a nurse and a navy nurse and a tremendous support for veterans. Her love of people was demonstrated visibly. I saw her notice in the paper just this morning. I would have loved to attend her mass of the celebration of her life on earth. In the spirit of my faith, I shall pray for her, her family and friends. Marybeth, you leave a tremendous legacy of love and life/ What an enormous gift you have given us even those of us who did not know you so well. After all these years, I continue to remember you with great fondness and admiration. With love to yours to carry on your mission of grace and joy.
Anne Marie

Patricia Blegen
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Marybeth, you will be missed by so many. Your touch is forever present in all. May you rest in peace with the angels; one that you are. Let your spirit be free and reach the heavenly Father. God Bless.

Betty Ann Doherty
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Marybeth as I waited on her at the bank where I worked and she was a customer. I didn't know her well but enough to know what a good person she was and what a loss she will be for all of you who loved her.
I am so sorry,
Betty Ann Doherty

Alicia Johnston
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I am a friend of Dawn Abrahalls and I have heard such wonderful caring things about Marybeth. Warmest Regards, Alicia Johnston

Donna Heger
   Posted Sun February 03, 2013
Our deepest sympathy for the lost of your mother, she was a good friend and will be missed,
Donna Heger & family

Maureen Thayer, Dean of Students
   Posted Mon February 04, 2013
On behalf of Massasoit Community College, I want to express our sincere condolences to Marybeth's Family. Marybeth presented workshops on returning Veterans to our faculty. I always enjoyed working with Marybeth.
I'm very sorry for your loss.

CH (CPT) Jeremy Pickens
   Posted Mon February 04, 2013
Marybeth O'Sullivan was a great woman with a heart that nurtured many. May she rest with our Lord and continue to allow her memories to inspire us to do great things for people!

Mary Stone
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Marybeth was a kind and generous spirit who dedicated her life to service. I, and all who came into contact with her, were better for knowing her. My deepest condolences to her family.

Phil Brzezinski
   Posted Tue February 12, 2013
Deepest sympathy from the Polaroid Group at StandDown.
Phyliss Bennet, Pete Femino and Phil Brzezinski.

Mike Denaro, MS, RN
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
I was deeply saddened upon hearing of Marybeth's passing. Having worked alongside her for several years, I reflect on her compassion and humanity as she cared for her patients as a Registered Nurse. So proud of the profession of nursing, she embodied everything it is to be a great nurse. She was the consummate professional, bringing care and credibility to the bedside. I am forever grateful for her service to this country. An expert in the area of traumatic brain injury, her dedication to veterans was steadfast and vital. Personally, Marybeth would always have another minute to spend, another ear to lend, another seed of wisdom to offer. I will always remember her for the sincere caring she brought to this world - and to me.

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