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Florence Brenner

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. â€" Florence Margaret Hollahan Brenner, the second of 10 children of Thomas and Christina Hollahan, was born in Memphis, Tenn., June 16, 1925, and died Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Louisville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her older sister, Sister Mary Stephanie RSM and by her brothers, Tom, Bill, Bob, Pat, Jack and Mike.
She was "Peggy" to her husband, "Mother" to her children, "Peg" to her nine siblings and "Gram" to her 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She married Howard Brenner June 4, 1947, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, her home parish, in Memphis. Her daughter Ann was born March 16, 1948, and her son, Joe, followed Jan. 5, 1950. The family of four moved to Natchez, Miss., shortly after Joe's birth and then in 1959 they settled in Tell City to raise their family.
In her new life as a "Yankee," Peggy became active at St. Paul Catholic school and church; volunteering in the classroom, singing in the choir and lectoring at Mass. A voracious reader, she joined the local book club, was active with Catholic Charities, and was president of the League of Women Voters.
In addition, Peggy worked with the Board of Elections. She was asked to run for office at one point, but declined because of family obligations.
Peggy and Howard were thrilled to welcome grandchildren and traveled often to visit and babysit. The Hollahan branch of the family had regular family reunions throughout the years in various parts of the country and she and Howard attended every one of them.
As a well-read, self-educated woman, Peggy was very outspoken on many issues and she was respected for this quality. She was an avid gardener, a dedicated walker and an enthusiastic vacationer, traveling by car and train, which she loved, and by boat, which she hated.
Peggy, "Peg," "Mother" and "Gram" is survived by her children, Ann (Vince) and Joe (Carole); 12 grandchildren, Jay (Angie), Thomas, Annie, Isaac, Mat-thew, Clare (Chris), Phillip, Alex, Peter, Marge, Louis and Jane; four great-grandchildren, Audrey, Gracie, Ava and Mollie, and her brothers, Gene and Steve. She cherished her family and will be deeply missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Wednesday, June 5, at Nazareth Home in the Nazareth Chapel.  Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tell City.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.zoercher-gillickfuneralhome.com.
Published in Perry County News on June 6, 2013
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