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Tara Marie O'Brien

December 3, 1971 — December 2, 2022

Tara Marie O'Brien, of Norwood (formerly of Walpole and Dedham), December 2, 2022.  Soulmate to husband Christopher Rull; beloved daughter of John (deceased) and Florence O’Brien of Canton (formerly of Dedham); devoted mother to Alexandra (Allie), Sophia and David Pacella; inspirational step-mother to Peter, Elizabeth (Libby) and Sarah Rull; adored sister to Sheila O’Brien and fiancée Darren McEvoy of Cavan, Ireland; John O’Brien of Norwood; Laura Charis and husband James of Norwood; Dermot O’Brien and wife Laura of North Kingstown, RI; Colleen O’Brien of Canton; and Brian O’Brien and wife Jennifer of Canton.  Loving Niece, Auntie, Cousin, Half-sister, and Friend to many.  Predeceased by her grandparents and many loving relatives in Ireland.


Tara lost her three-year battle to ALS, which is still a 100% fatal disease. She will be remembered for the vibrant roles she played before her diagnosis.  She pursued each day with purpose with her children first in mind and never missed an opportunity to volunteer and serve the many communities she was part of.  Tara’s legacy is that she challenged each and every person she met to reach their potential.  We thank her for making us all better and we will miss her.


Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, December 6th from 3 to 8 pm at James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home in Walpole followed by a mass of Christian burial on Wednesday at 11 AM @ St. Timothy Catholic Church in Norwood.  Services will conclude with her burial in Highland Cemetery in Norwood.  For obituary, directions or to send a condolence please visit  James H. Delaney and Son Funeral Home Walpole, Massachusetts (


Tara has requested that all those planning to pay their respects at her visiting hours, honor her by wearing something “red”.  In lieu of flowers, donations to to continue her pursuit in a cure for ALS.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

48 Common St, Walpole, MA 02081

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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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