Born: Sept. 7, 1920; in Harvard
Died: June 25, 2014; in Union Grove, WI
Mary "Eileen" Brickley, age 93, formerly of Harvard, IL, passed away June 25, 2014, at Oak Ridge Care Center, in Union Grove, WI. She was born September 7, 1920, in Harvard, IL to Joseph C. and Ett (Craten) Nolan. Eileen taught grades 1-8 in a one-room schoolhouse before she married Charles E. Brickley October 1, 1949 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harvard. She supported Charlie as he worked with his brother, Ray, to prosper the family farm on Island Road. Later, she became a Real Estate Broker and together with Charlie owned and operated Brickley Realty in Harvard. After Charlie's death, she continued to run the business until the age of 80 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church, the Altar & Rosary Society and the Widow of Nain group. She was a long-time member of the Women of the Moose and Harvard Retired Ladies (formerly the "Red Hats").
Survivors include her children, Paula (Jim) Lanphier of Sanford, FL, Ellen (Maggie Trowe) Brickley of DesMoines, IA, Rita (Rob) VanHorn of Kansasville, WI, Mary (Al Tegtmeier) Brickley of Rockford, IL; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by husband, Charlie; parents, Ett and Joe Nolan; brother, John "Jack" Nolan and sister, Marjorie "Margie" Nolan.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 pm Monday, June 30th at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, 107 W. Sumner Street, Harvard, IL 60033. A Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Tuesday, July 1st at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 206 E. Front Street, Harvard, IL 60033. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Eileen's family would like to thank Tiffany Grant of Hospice Alliance, the Ladies of Lydia Circle of Trinity Lutheran Church and Harvard Retired Ladies for their friendship and many cheerful notes. Also, we wish to thank Mr. Rich Austin and the staff of Golden Years, Walworth, WI for their tender care of our Mother, as well as St. Benedict Catholic Church, Fontana, WI and St. Mary's-Dover Catholic Church, Kansasville, WI for their ministry to Eileen during her confinement.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at saundersmcfarlin.net. For more information contact the funeral home at 815-943-5400.
Published in the Northwest Herald on June 28, 2014