Cambridge, MA — Sara O’Neil Maslin, 67, died quietly with her family at their home in Newburyport, on Sunday evening, November 17. She had been struggling with advanced lung cancer for several years.
Sara spent her professional life as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, most of it at Harvard Vanguard in the Watertown Center. She also ran a private practice and took great care with her group patients, most of whom were schizophrenics. Sara grew up in West Haven Conn., and received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Salve Regina, Providence, R.I., and her master's in nursing at Boston College. She had lived in the Huron Village neighborhood of Cambridge, Mass., for most of her adult life.
She is survived by many loving cousins and their children and grandchildren in Connecticut; by her younger brother, Edward Thomas O’Neil of Newburyport and his wife, Delia O’Connor, with whom she lived for the past 10 months, four of those months as a hospice patient. She is also survived by her nieces, Maureen O’Neil of San Francisco, and Amy O’Neil of Chicago. She is predeceased by her older brother, Hugh O’Neil of Marino Valley, Calif.; and by her parents, Hugh and Helen O’Neil of West Haven, Conn. Most importantly, she is survived by her beloved dog, Paulie Maslin, a Jack Russell terrier rescue dog.
Among her many generous impulses, Sara devoted spare time to donating her help at an animal rescue shelter in Medfield, Mass.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in the coming weeks for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, any donation may be sent to Forever Home Rescue, 106 Adams Street, Medfield, MA 02052. Arrangements by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, Newburyport.