Rest in peace Beth Ann O’Hara

Our condolences go out to Sarah and her family on the passing of her mother.


The published obituary:

BEDFORD, NH – Beth Ann O’Hara, 73, wife, mother, grandmother, theater director and artist, passed away Aug. 19, 2015, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born in Waterbury, Conn., on Oct. 6, 1941, a daughter of Herman and Goldie (Trapsky) Halpin. Beth Ann married Donald Silverman in October 1961. Although divorced, she and Donald remained close. She married John O’Hara in June 1987. Around the same time she founded the New Thalian Players where she produced and directed 50 plays over 25 years, culminating in her winning the first Life Time Achievement Award given by the New Hampshire Counsel of the Arts. All shows were performed to sold-out audiences. In addition, she held special performances for local public school children so they could experience live theater. She was known by all as a woman of incredible courage, brilliance, creativity, generosity and passionate liberal values. Beth Ann is survived by a sister and many children, stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as by her former husband and his wife, all of whom she loved deeply and prodigiously. She was preceded in death by the great love of her life, John O’Hara. Memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders at or the American Jewish World Service at

New Hampshire Public Radio’s report on her passing included a passage from Sarah’s speech presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother in 2003: “Loving, nurturing, caring, colorful – she used to wear two different color socks, I’m not sure she was aware of that – supportive, honest, strong and with endless creativity and energy. She gives us the feeling that we fill her heart with love and I think it’s because we fill her heart with love. Mom…we feel the same. You fill our hearts, as well.”


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One Response to Rest in peace Beth Ann O’Hara

  1. Kevin O'Hara Shanley says:

    I am sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Like yourself, she appears to have been a wonderful person. Treasure the memories … and please keep up your good work!!!

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