Ann Madden Brazil died at home in the East Mountain section of Scranton on Monday morning, surrounded by her eight children. She was the wife of Attorney John J. Brazil who died in 1988.
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Ann was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Bridget Tierney Madden. She was a graduate of St. John's High School, Pittston. She attended Marywood College and in the 1950s and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband.
Ann raised her family in Scranton. She was a past president of the Lackawanna County Lawyers Wives Auxiliary. She was a past member of the Mountaineers Social Club and 20th Ward Social and Athletic Club. She was a longtime regular member of the German-American Federation/Waldorf Park. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, East Mountain.
She was the mother of four daughters, Noel Brazil, Washington, D.C.; Sheila Bannon and husband John, Waldorf, Md.; Lisa Brazil and companion, Eileen, Globe, Ariz.; and Jackie Greening and husband, Gary, Bowie, Md.; and was the mother of four sons, attorney John J. Brazil and wife, Leanne; Joseph Brazil and wife, Ellen; James Brazil and wife, Dina; and Jeffrey Brazil and wife, Karen, all of Scranton; her grandchildren, Amber Brazil, Sean and Brian Bannon; Caitlin Bannon-Kennedy, Cory and Maura Brazil; James Goodwin III, Keely Brazil, Jack and Gary Greening; Lauren Hanos, Kristen Wago, and John Brazil; her great-grandchildren, Sean and Evan Familetti, Ryleigh Bannon, Noah Brazil and Quinn Kennedy; and two more expected this summer. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Miller, Chevy Chase, Md.; and a brother, Eugene Madden, Richmond, Va.; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Ann also was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Joseph and Leo Madden; and son-in-law, James Goodwin II.
Ann loved all the holidays, and her home at Christmastime was a delight to everyone. She was an avid shopper and crossword aficionado. Until her stroke on Palm Sunday, Ann was a vibrant, active and independent woman, working four days a week in her husband and son's law firm. Ann was not only the rock in her children's lives, she was also their light. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, but her presence is within each of us. Her death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Ann's funeral will be held Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m., in Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1414 E. Elm St., East Mountain section of Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. The family requests that those attending the funeral proceed directly to the church.
Friends may call today, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home, 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton.
Published in Scranton Times from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2012