Lilian M. O'Gara

Published on Friday, 8 February 2019 18:54


Lilian M. O’Gara, 92, of Bristol, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Lilian was born in Abbey Wood, England on Nov. 5, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Violet Sherman. She retired from Bradlees after working there for 32 years. During that time Lilian made lifelong friends of co-workers and customers, and was known to many as “Mrs. B.” Lilian’s family and friends knew her to be a devoted mother and grandmother (Nana), a wonderful cook, and a terrific bargain-hunter and shopper. She had a unique combination of warmth and mischief while always maintaining a very British “stiff upper lip.”

She is survived by her husband, Donald O’Gara of Bristol; her daughter, Karen M. Wasta of Bristol; her son, Joseph R. Senak, Jr and his wife, Brenda H., of Vero Beach, Fla.; her three grandchildren, Matthew Wasta and his wife, Sandra, of Bristol, Amy Philbrook and her husband, Erik, of Southborough, Mass., and Joseph R. Senak III of Charlestown, R.I.; her five great-grandchildren, Emily and Jackson Philbrook and Lilian, Katelynn and Abigail Wasta.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Senak, Sr.

Calling hours will be held at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., then to St. Matthew Church, Bristol for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., followed by a procession to St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or To leave an online condolence or to share a memory or a photo, visit Lilian’s memorial web page at

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Friday, 8 February 2019 18:54. Updated: Friday, 8 February 2019 18:57.