Allison C. (Sparkes) Orpen

November 4, 2019

Allison C. (Sparkes) Orpen

Allison C. (Sparkes) Orpen – of Woburn, November 4th. Beloved wife and best friend of 48 years to Richard S. Orpen of Woburn. Cherished mother of Brian Orpen, his partner Tracey Martin of Woburn, MA, and the late Janelle Maka, her husband Michael Maka of Amherst, NH. Dear sister of Robert Sparkes of NC, Sally Sparkes of Bradford and Thomas Sparkes of Woburn. Adored grandmother of Haley and Emerson Maka, of Amherst, NH,  as well as numerous extended family members, and her beloved dog, Maggie. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Friday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara’s Church 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st. Remembrances may be made in Allison’s name to the MGH Cancer Center c/o Clinical Trials and Research 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Allison C. (Sparkes) Orpen – of Woburn, died peacefully, November 4th after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife and best friend of 48 years to Richard S. Orpen of Woburn.

Born in Cambridge, Allison was a daughter of the late Henry and Irene (Horton) Sparkes. She was raised in Arlington and Connecticut, and was a graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford, CT. She later went on to receive a certificate from St. Francis School of Nursing.

For many years, Allison worked at various nursing homes including East Village in Lexington. She most recently worked as a pharmacy technician for CVS in Burlington until becoming ill.

Allison was a selfless, generous and loving person who would do anything for the ones she loved. She had an unshakable faith in God and her family and friends. She was a very active communicant of St. Barbara’s Church where she served many different roles, including helping with baptism preperation, CCD and being a lector and Eucharistic minister for Sunday Mass.

To have known Allison, was a blessing. Her spirit and strength will live on in the hearts of those she loved forever.

Along with her husband Richard, Allison was the cherished mother of Brian Orpen, his partner Tracey Martin of Woburn, MA, the late Janelle Maka, her husband Michael Maka of Amherst, NH and the adored grandmother of  Haley and Emerson Maka, of Amherst, NH. Allison was the dear sister of Robert Sparkes of NC, Sally Sparkes of Bradford and Thomas Sparkes of Woburn, as well as numerous extended family members, and her beloved dog, Maggie.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Friday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara’s Church 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st. Remembrances may be made in Allison’s name to the MGH Cancer Center c/o Clinical Trials and Research 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Friday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara’s Church 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st. Remembrances may be made in Allison’s name to the MGH Cancer Center c/o Clinical Trials and Research 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

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  1. Edward V Lombardi

    Rich Alison was such a sweet, sweet lady. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Alison’s passing. She was a sweet woman and fun to be with. I enjoyed working with her at CVS for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  3. Being a teenager is never easy but was particularly a hard time for me. Allison was a huge support for me in those formative years, no doubt one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Rich, it is difficult to fathom the enormous losses you, Brian, your grandchildren and the rest of the family have experienced in such a short period of time. I know that your faith will guide you. Much love.

  4. I’m not normally at a loss for words, but I’m having trouble dealing with this announcement. Rich, old friend, please accept my deep-felt thoughts and love during these difficult days.

  5. Christine Rayner

    So sad to hear of your passing. You were such a genuine caring soul. Your kind words will not soon be forgotten. Sending healing prayers to those who are missing you

  6. I will never forget your friendship and our talks. You helped me so much with so many things. I love you and miss you dearly. God bless you, I know you are at home with Janelle.

  7. Allison Orpen,
    Without a doubt, one of the best ever. She had the kindness and charity of ten people.
    Will never be forgotten.
    Love you Allison.

  8. Deacon William E. and Cheryl Kerns

    Matthew 25:23

    His master replied,”well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!” Allison we all loved you at Saint Barbara, rest in peace! Say hi to your daughter Janelle.

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