Alice "Bertha" Barbara (Brechin) O'Hearn (1938 - 2011)



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ALICE Barbara (Brechin) O'HEARN, originally of Barre, VT (& for many, many years - Alstead, NH) died on May 7, 2011 (Mother’s Day Weekend) at “Valley Terrace” Assisted Living Facility in Wilder (near Norwich), Vermont.
She was born June 12, 1938, in Barre, Vermont - the 1st daughter / 3rd child (fo seven, eventually) of Russell & Albertine (Goulet) Brechin.
Alice was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Barre, VT. She received her Bachelor of Arts in classics from the University of Vermont, Burlington & her Master of Education from Keene State College in Keene, N.H, years later.
For many years, Mrs. O’Hearn taught English/Latin at Springfield High School (VT) & she taught Latin, Greek & English for 26 years at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester, VT before finally retiring in June of 2007 at the age of 69.
In her early years of teaching, she taught in Syracuse, N.Y. (where she met “Whiety” - Bob O’Hearn, who she would marry on July 6, 1963 in Stowe, VT (where, incidentally, they are both now buried)...Early on, (before she had 7 kids of her own in the span of 9 years, 1964-1973!) she also taught in & Scituate, Mass. & also eventually Derby, VT - just below Canada.
From 1983 to 2003, Alice also worked for “Granite State Marketing Research” of Londonderry, N.H., doing various surveys. And she even had a side-AVON business around her long-time home-town of Alstead, NH.
Alice was a caring, loving & devoted mother to her children. She was dedicated to inspiring young minds & encouraging her students to want to learn.
She was a dear friend to many who will cherish fond memories of great times & her smile & her chatty conversations & stories...
Her spirit will be at home in the nature of New England, especially among the hills of her birth-state of lovely, green Vermont.
Alice is survived by her 5 sons: the oldest - Sean O’Hearn, of Orlando, FL., Shannon, of Douglas, AZ, Scott, of Fairlee, VT - Todd, of Newbury Park, CA., & Ryan, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; & her 2 daughters, Theresa, of Denver, CO & Erin, of Boston, MA.;
Alice also leaves behind 2 brothers: Wendell Brechin, of Woodstock, CT., & John Brechin, of Lombard, IL.; as well as 2 sisters, Pauline Sherwood, of Burlington, VT & Helen Ferrari, of Modena, Italy; 11 grandchildren & nieces & nephews.
Alice was predeceased in death by her parents, Russell (1994) & Albertine (1993) & her husband, Robert J. O'Hearn, who died nearly a year prior, on June 22, 2010; & two brothers, Donald & Paul Brechin.

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Barre, Washington County, VT United States


Norwich, Windsor County, VT United States
Cause of death: Alzheimer's / Dehydration

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at Riverbank Cemetery,
Stowe, Lamoille County, VT US


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Father: Russell Brechin
Mother: Albertine (Goulet) Brechin
Siblings: Wendell Brechin, Donald Brechin, Paul Brechin, Pauline Brechin, John Brechin, and Helen Brechin

Husband: Robert OHearn
Children with Robert: Sean OHearn


Spaulding High School, Barre, VT /
University of Vermont (UVM) - Burlington, VT/
Keene State College, Keene, NH /
Darmouth College, Hanover, NH - Continuing Ed...


MOTHER! / Teacher / Avon Lady / Survey Marketer / Child-Care / Renaissance Woman!


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1938 - In the year that Alice "Bertha" Barbara (Brechin) O'Hearn was born, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

1962 - She was 24 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

1974 - She was 36 years old when on July 30th, the House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon. He was charged with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and the refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee. In order to avoid impeachment, Richard M. Nixon announced that he would resign on August 8th, the first President to do so.

1976 - At the age of 38 years old, Alice was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

1985 - Alice was 47 years old when on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

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