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Ramona E. (Hopkins) O'Brien
September 10, 2022


SPRINGFIELD – Ramona E. (Hopkins) O’Brien, 96, of the Forest Park section of Springfield, was Called Safely Home on Saturday, September 10, 2022. She was born in Springfield on Tuesday, May 11, 1926, a beloved daughter of the late Charles L. Hopkins Sr., and Mary Jane (Kiley) Hopkins. She was raised in Springfield, graduated in 1944 from the High School of Commerce, and was a lifelong resident of Springfield. She furthered her education and graduated with an Associate Degree in 1946 from Colby Junior College for Women in New London, New Hampshire. She was employed for many years in the Personnel Department and later in the Long Line Division for the former New England Telephone Company in Springfield. She was a communicant of Holy Name Church in Springfield where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and a member of the Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Democratic City Committee of Springfield, the Springfield Catholic Women’s Club and the Forest Park Civic Association. Ramona sang in the Silver Foxes & Belles Group at the Jewish Community Center and the Gold & Blue Ribbon Singers of West Springfield. She was a longtime volunteer for the Springfield Public Schools where she earned the title of “Living Historian.” In 2016, Ramona was the recipient of the Colby-Sawyer College Distinguished Alumni Award. Most of all, she loved her family and her many friends. She leaves her two loving children, Patricia M. LaCapra of East Longmeadow, and Thomas W. O’Brien Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Springfield; her cherished granddaughter, Christina Vargas and her husband, Christopher, of Wading River, Long Island, NY; her three cherished great grandchildren, Ava Vargas, Christopher John Vargas and Atticus Benjamin Vargas; and her many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, numerous friends and extended family members. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her former husband, Thomas W. O’Brien; her dear brothers, Charles L. Hopkins Jr. and his wife, Violet, and George L. Hopkins and his wife, Marcella; and her dear sister, Charlotte F. Esche-Morneau and her husband, Donald Morneau. Her funeral will be held on Saturday morning, September 17, 2022 beginning at the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels (funeral home will open at 8:15 a.m.), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108. Her burial will follow the Mass at Saint Michael Cemetery, 1601 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Colby-Sawyer College Scholarship Fund, Attn: Beth Camp, Director of Development, 541 Main Street, New London, NH 03257 or to the Edward P. Boland Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation, 333 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA 01103. For more details and to leave her family condolence messages, please visit:

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St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels
7 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA 01107