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Ann Marie Brislin


1927 - 2021
Ann Marie Brislin Obituary

Ann Marie Brislin, 93, passed away peacefully Jan. 14, 2021, at the River Run Nursing Facility, Kingston.

Born on Feb. 12, 1927, Ann Marie was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth McKeown Brislin of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre.

She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1945 and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. Ann Marie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from College Misericordia in 1958 and earned her Master of Science degree in education and public health administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.

Ann Marie's nursing career spanned 34 years starting in 1948 at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. In 1953, she began employment at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp. and subsequently transferred in 1961 to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia where she progressed from nursing supervisor to head nurse.

In 1977,she returned to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp., where she retired as head nurse in 1982.

Ann Marie was a member of Holy Savior Parish until its closure and St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre. She was a devout Catholic and attended daily Mass. Her family is very appreciative of Lori at River Run who said the rosary daily with Ann Marie during her stay there. Ann Marie lived her faith and was known as a woman of kindness and charity.

Ann Marie was always the consumate nurse, putting all others before herself and taking care of those around her. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially family gatherings with her sister, Margaret and late cousin, Charlie McKeown and his wife, Theresa, and their children, Maureen, Charlie, Molly, and Molly's daughter, Abigail.

She was extremely fond of dinners at The Bear Creek Inne where the Eddowes and their daughter Denise Love became more than hosts, but close friends whom she considered family. One of her great joys in life was spending time with Denise's daughter, Amy Love, watching her grow from an infant to an adult and dear friend.

In addition to her parents, Ann Marie was preceded in death by her infant brother, John Brislin; and brother, James F. Brislin.

She is survived by her sister, Margaret Brislin; godson, William Hillanbrand, Allentown; first cousin, Michael J. McKeown, Stroudsburg; numerous cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 18701.

Condolences may be sent by visiting Ann Marie's obituary at www.natandgawlas.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.


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