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Alice Marie O’Brien Kohler

May 04, 2017
Alice Marie O’Brien Kohler

printed 05/05/2017

Ocean Pines

Alice Marie O’Brien Kohler, age 84, died on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at her home in Ocean Pines.

Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late William O’Brien and Alice Madden O’Brien.

She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Diane Marie Kohler, in 1992 and her husband, Donald Joseph Kohler, Sr., in 1999, both of Havertown, Pennsylvania.

She is survived by her daughters, Alice Marie Kohler Martin of Fort Pierce, Florida, and Kathleen Marie Kohler Coleman and her husband, Joseph, of Ocean Pines, Maryland, and her sons, Donald Joseph Kohler, Jr. and his wife, Anne Marie, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, and Joseph William Kohler of Elkton, Ohio.

There are six grandchildren, Nicholas Coleman, Matthew Coleman, Christopher Coleman and William Coleman and Margaret Kohler and Charles Kohler.

Also surviving is a sister, Margaret O’Brien Whittier, and a brother, Edward O’Brien and his wife, Eileen, all of Massachusetts. There are numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded also in death by her two brothers, John O’Brien and William O’Brien.

Alice was raised and educated in Arlington, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston College where she received her Bachelor of Science and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Nursing.

She was employed at the Veterans Hospital in Boston until she relocated with her husband, Donald, to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.

She enjoyed raising her children and living in Connecticut until a job relocation took them to Havertown, Pennsylvania where she continued to raise her family and return to nursing at the Central Park Lodge Retirement Home, now called Broomall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Broomall, Pennsylvaina, where she retired.

Alice moved to Ocean Pines, Maryland after the death of her husband, Donald. She continued to enjoy every aspect of shore life. Family and her friends were Alice’s passion and delight.

She loved spending summers on the beach, watching the grandchildren playing. She loved to bake and she shared this love of baking Christmas bread and blueberry muffins with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed the last of her days surrounded by her grandchildren and being in her home surrounded by love.

A Vigil Service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 beginning at noon at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, Maryland. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Lunch reception will follow at the Lion’s Den, 9039 Worcester Highway Berlin, Maryland 21811.

Prior to Interment there will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, May 8, 2017 with visitation starting at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, Pennsylvania 19064. Internment will immediately follow at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 1600 Sproul Road, Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association (www.donate.heart.org).

Letters of condolences may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

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