Blanca N. O’Brien, 73, went to be with her Lord Saturday, May 15, 2021. She was born in Tarapoto, Perú, to Victor Lazo and María de Jesús Lazo Pérez.
She attended schools in Tarapoto, Perú at Escuela Virgen Dolorosa from 1957-1961 and graduated from Colegio Ofelia Velasquez in 1966.
She graduated with a Bilingual Secretary Degree from Academia Braun in 1970.
She came to the United States in 1970. She adored her family and her Lord. Blanca loved cooking for her family and having everyone over for special occasions and holidays. The greatest gift was her love for her grandchildren, some of which she helped to raise.
Blanca retired in 2013 from Altmeyer Funeral Home as the Office Manager. She was a 40-year member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, where she was a member of the choir. She was a member of the Latin American Club of the Peninsula, a member for the Ballet Folklorico of the Latin American Club, a volunteer at Mary Immaculate Hospital, and volunteer at Newport News Public Schools. She also worked for the City of Newport News, was a translator for the Newport News and Hampton Court Systems, was a volunteer at Catholic Charities for resettlement of refugees, and worked as Import Export Director at World Trade Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She also received the President’s Club Award as a top Avon Sales Representative. In her youth, Blanca was Miss Primavera 1964 for Club de los Amantes del Progreso.
Blanca was preceded in death by her parents, Victor Lazo and María de Jesús Lazo Pérez; brothers, Victor Lazo and Juan Lazo; and sisters, Ofelia Casavilca and María Lazo.
Survivors include her loving husband of 44 years, Joseph F. O’Brien, Jr.; her daughters, Anita Jesús Sadlack and her husband, Jason; Mary Helen O’Brien Ward and her husband, Christopher; her siblings, Defilia Lazo, Ángel Lazo, Norith Lazo, Jorge Lazo, Nelly Ugrate, Jose Lazo, Teodora Delgado, David Lazo and Victor Lazo Torres; her grandchildren, Bella Sigler, Hunter Sadlack, Christian Sadlack, Ashton Sadlack, Alexis Sadlack, Sia Maricruz Ward and Desmond Silas “Andresito” Ward.
Memorial donations may take the form of contributions to Riverside Cancer Care Center, 12100 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Altmeyer Funeral Home- Denbigh Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.