Jane O’Reilly Briskorn

Jane O’Reilly Briskorn

July 18, 1936 - July 09, 2014

Jane O’Reilly Briskorn

July 18, 1936 - July 09, 2014


Mary Jane ‘Janie’ Mascari Penderghast O’Reilly Briskorn

July 18, 1936 – July 9, 2014

Janie Penderghast O’Reilly Briskorn was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 18, 1936 to John and Mary Mascari. Raised in St Louis for her first few years and Chicago for the remainder, Janie Mascari attended Providence High School where she graduated in 1954 and then on to Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin from where she graduated with her BA in 1958. While in college, Janie was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Also at Marquette, Janie met and was married to Thomas Penderghast just after graduation in 1958. Janie and Tom Penderghast settled in Long Beach, California where Janie worked as a teacher at Saint Anthony’s High School. Moving to Huntington Beach in 1964, Janie continued to teach in the Garden Grove school district and work in creative writing, having written for children’s television shows including Sesame Street and Sheri Lewis.

Together, they were blessed with five children and married until 1980. While raising her family, Janie obtained her Masters Degree in Communications from Long Beach State.

The Penderghast Family were very active within the Parish of Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church in Huntington Beach and Janie spent much of her free time commentating fashion shows for the Parish as well as in local malls. In addition to teaching at Golden West College and Chapman College, Janie was also head of Religious Education at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Laguna Beach where she met Patrick O’Reilly whom she married in 1981. Together they had a very successful career in real estate. An accomplished, award winning writer, Janie published several books as well as screenplays. She led book clubs, bible studies and trips to the Holy Land including multiple treks to Medjugorje. Her passion included painting and decorating.

After the passing of Patrick O’Reilly in 2009, Janie fell in love with Leon ‘Lee’ Briskorn. Married in 2011, they enjoyed close to four blissful years together during their courtship and married life while traveling and working at First Team Real Estate. At the time of her passing, Janie was very active with the Coto de Caza Philharmonic.

Janie is survived by her husband Lee, her brother John Mascari, sister Denise Lawler, her five children Brian Penderghast, Shawna Fallon, Steven Penderghast, Dean Penderghast and Maria Brief, their spouses and fourteen wonderful grandchildren.

Janie believed in family first and was such a bright light to everyone with whom she encountered. She was one of the most positive people on the planet, full of love and joy making everyone around her feel special. Heaven is so blessed to have this new angel, our precious Janie. She will live forever in our hearts.

The funeral will take place on Thursday, July 17, 10am at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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24 responses to Jane O’Reilly Briskorn

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  1. Several years ago, Shawna introduced me to her beloved Mother and I vividly remember what a gracious and beautiful woman she was. I was most impressed with her and could feel the warmth and compassion she had for those dear to her. I believe that we were at one of Sharp’s functions and she was so proud of Shawna and all of her accomplishments there related to her role at the hospital and our rehabilitation center. She was an absolutely stunning, gorgeous woman who loved life and her family. I am so very sorry for your loss and known how difficult this has been for you all. I lost my Mother in December and it has been very hard. The wonderful memories and joyous times you have had with her will live in your hearts forever…and in that way, she will always be with you. Shawna, you and your family are in my prayers. May God’s blessings be with you all and give you strength to get through these hard times and to move forward as your dear Mother would wish.

    With heartfelt sympathy,

    Carol Ann Dentz

  2. katie p says:

    My grandma was an amazing person. she would call me whenever, for no reason at all. I miss her everyday! I love you nona!!!! Love, katie

  3. Cheryl says:

    I met Janie when she helped my husband and I sell our first house, find a temporary rental house and purchase our second home. I was walking past the house in Coto where Janie and Patrick lived this morning and wondered why I hadn’t seen her in awhile – she used to come to the club for dinner periodically and I loved seeing her smiling face. I was saddened to come across her obituary and realize she had passed. She was such a joy! We would share our stories and our love of the Lord and I always loved her gentle, yet exuberant spirit! She will be missed here on earth, I know. I’m grateful we will see her again in heaven. You have my deepest sympathies!
    Cheryl Alders

  4. Joan Palmer says:

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