Jane E. Brennan of Carbondale died Tuesday peacefully surrounded by her family at the Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the widow of Richard J. Brennan, who died on January 3, 2013. The couple would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in October.
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Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late Robert and Frances Parks Pearce, she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. A lifelong resident of Carbondale, she was a 1948 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale. A homemaker for most of her adult life, she was employed by K. Timmons Ladies' Shop in Carbondale after raising her six children. She served as a devoted longtime volunteer at the former Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She was also a secretary for the Carbondale/Forest City Chapter of the American Red Cross.
She was a loving, gentle mother, grandmother and wife. She was a beautiful seamstress with a great sense of fashion and created many lovely outfits and gowns. She loved to garden and spent many happy hours tending her flowers, as evidenced by her beautiful roses. She was a great cook and baker and could create a delicious meal for her family with anything at hand, including some of the best pies, cakes and cookies. She enjoyed a good joke and loved to laugh. She loved family gatherings with all her children and grandchildren. Her children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews will remember the great Fourth of July celebrations at her home.
Surviving are three sons, Timothy and wife, Lois; Michael; and Patrick and wife, Joanne, all of Carbondale; three daughters, Louise Gigliotti and husband, John, Las Vegas, Nev.; Richelle Stachura and husband, Henry, Jermyn; and Erin Rupp and husband, Donald, Carbondale; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Pearce; two sisters, Dorothy Cerra and Frances Moyle; and a daughter-in-law, Gloria Brennan.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment will be private in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Carbondale. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfuneralhomes.com.
Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc.
55 Lincoln Avenue Carbondale, PA 18407
Published in Scranton Times on July 11, 2013