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Margaret E. Brennan

Margaret E. Brennan, C.R.N.P., a lifelong resident of Archbald, died Saturday at home after a short illness.

Born May 29, 1924, in Archbald, she was a daughter of the late John and Nora Merrick Brennan. Her early education was at Archbald High School, Lackawanna Business College, and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, Carbondale, Pa. She received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at Marywood College. She was a member of the first class of Certified Family Nurse Practitioners, completing a yearlong course of study and practice at State University of New York, Harper College, Vestal, New York.

In addition to her nursing experience, which included head nurse at the New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, and Manhattan VA Hospital, N.Y., and camp nurse for 10 years at Little Flower Camp, Diocesan Camp for girls, Ms. Brennan had a diverse academic background in the nursing and health education fields. Besides serving as a member of the faculty of Abington Memorial Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital, School of Nursing and Gwynedd Mercy College, she also received a federal grant to complete a specialized course in Coronary Community Care at Rutgers University. In 1970, Ms. Brennan was appointed assistant professor of nursing and chairman of the Nursing Department at College Misericordia. During her tenure, the department received full accreditation by the National League of Nursing. She resigned her position in 1974, while remaining a member of the faculty, and pursued studies, which led to her certification as a family nurse practitioner and was employed as a Nurse Practitioner at St. Joseph's Center, Scranton.

Margaret was also certified as a Guidance Counselor in Pennsylvania, and was a member of the National League for Nurses, American Association of University Professors, St. Joseph's Auxiliary, National Heart Association, president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Nurses, Christ the King Parish, Archbald, and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are a sister, Elizabeth Sullivan, Archbald; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins and dear friends.

Preceding her in death was a brother, Charles Brennan.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home, 420 Church St., Archbald, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 429 Church St., Archbald. Interment will be in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Twp.

Viewing will be Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, Scranton. Online condolences or directions, www.RapochFuneral Home.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 11, 2013
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