Dolly was a graduate of St. Joseph High School in 1945 before earning a bachelor degree in nursing from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at Twin City Hospital and Union Hospital early in her career, and later worked at the former Valley Manor Nursing Home. Above all else, Dolly was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker who put her family first at all times. She was most recently a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in North Canton where she has resided for the past 18 years, and was previously a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison.
On June 18, 1949, Dolly married Lawrence Martin “Larry” O’Brien and enjoyed nearly 64 years of marriage with him until his passing on January 1, 2013. They are survived by four children, David Lawrence (Toni) O’Brien of Thorndale, Pa., Terrance “Terry” (Sue) O’Brien of Dublin, Ohio, Deborah J. Simonetti of North Canton with whom Dolly had resided, and Patrick M. (Lynda) O’Brien of Lancaster, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Daniel (Emily) O’Brien, Timothy (Sarah) O’Brien, Stephen O’Brien, Stephanie O’Brien, Terry “Toby” (Colleen) O’Brien, Michelle (Cody Crnkovich) O’Brien, Jason (Hind) Simonetti, Nicole (Jason) Brewer, Michael (Abby) O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, and Mitchell O’Brien; and 14 great-grandchildren, Connor, Desmond, Darcy, Clementine, Cleona, Taya, Kaitlyn, Samuel, Eryn, Kaylee, Andrew, Lucia, Charlie, and Griffin. Dolly is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Carmola of South Bend, Indiana, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Tony Carmola, and son-in-law, Charles “Chuck” Simonetti.
Services for Dolly, officiated by Father Jeff Coning, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, in Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison. Interment will follow beside her beloved husband in St. Mary’s Cemetery near Dennison. Family and friends are invited to call at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Those wishing to honor Dolly’s memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Immaculate Conception Church’s Capital Campaign and Memorial Book Funds, 206 N. 1st St., Dennison, OH 44621, in lieu of flowers.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home of Dennison