Arline Anne (Aube) O’Rourke, 96, of Braintree, Mass., formerly of Bristol, passed peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, surrounded by family at Alliance Healthcare in Braintree. Arline was born on March 12, 1921, in New Haven to the late Celine “Lena“ (Cote) and Joseph Leon Aube.
Arline moved with her family to Plainville at the age of twelve. After high school, she worked at the Bristol Bank and Trust Company as a stenographer. She met her future husband, John O’Rourke, upon his return from WWII. They married on Aug. 30, 1947, and lived in Bristol where they raised their sons, Tim and Dan. Arline was devoted to her family and thoroughly enjoyed being a dedicated homemaker. She was a superb cook, a professional-level seamstress and an accomplished, creative quilter.
Arline was also active in her community. A breast cancer survivor, she was a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society for many years, assisting and counseling women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone mastectomies. Arline also donated hundreds of her handmade baby quilts to a local social service organization in support of women and families.
Arline is survived by her sons, Tim O’Rourke and his wife, Lydia, of Lake Alfred, Fla., and Dan O’Rourke and his wife, Susan, of Braintree, Mass.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Lavallee (spouse Tom), Sean O’Rourke (spouse Kristi), Matthew O’Rourke and Neil O’Rourke; four great-grandchildren, Jason and Danielle Lavallee, and Rori and Colin O’Rourke; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Aube of Bristol; and nieces of the O’Rourke and Aube families.
Arline is predeceased by her beloved husband, John Fletcher O’Rourke, her brother, Robert (“Rusty“) Aube, and her sister, Jeannette Milanese.
Calling hours are Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave. Bristol/Forestville, CT with the funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow immediately at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.
To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or a photo, visit Arline’s memorial webpage at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com