Mary Catherine Brady

Mary Catherine Brady A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Catherine Brady (nee Hamilton), a lady of true dignity, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 405 S. Owen Drive, Madison, Wis., with Msgr. Kenneth Fiedler, presiding, and concelebrants Msgr. Patrick Higgins, Fr. Todd Van Natta and Fr. John Ouper. Private family burial will be held at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., concluding with a Rosary at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of the Mass Tuesday, at the church. Born Feb. 13, 1923, in Madison, to Andrew and Julia (nee Murphy) Hamilton, she began her eternal journey on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at HospiceCare. She graduated from Waterloo High School in 1941, and then began her career at National Guardian Life Insurance Co. in Madison. During this time, Mary met the love of her life, Hugh Brady, her World War II Air Force "Fly Boy" from Missouri, who was recuperating at Truax Field. They married on Sept. 14, 1946, in her hometown of Waterloo, Wis. Mary then began her true avocations, raising eight children and being the number one supporting member of the Stephan & Brady Advertising Agency, Hugh's business. Mary's strength came from her faith. Mary and Hugh were among the founding families of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Parish and were instrumental in fund-raising efforts to build both the church and school. Mary's involvement at Queen of Peace continued throughout her lifetime, including serving on the Queen's Guild, establishing the school's hot lunch program and membership on the Development Committee for the most recent renovation of the church. Mary was a quiet pillar of the community, donating her time and energy to many causes, including ministering to hospitals and nursing homes, and volunteering at Luke House. She was also actively involved in the Catholic Women's Club of Madison and was equally engaged at Edgewood High School, during the years her children were enrolled there from 1964 to 1981. Mary is survived by her grateful, loving children and their families, Greg's family, Tory Brady of Madison and children, Stephanie, Megan and Molly (Anthony Lehman), Mike Brady and Denise Beigbeder of St. Paul, Minn. and children, Conor (Jaime) and Ben Angell, Coleen Brady Flad and John Flad of Madison and children, Jennifer Marino (Pete), Andrew (fiancee, Ana), Brian (Megan) and Kiera, Beth Brady Shipley and Tom Shipley of Madison and children, Sara McLenighan (Matt), Joe and Matt, Bridget Brady Coffing and Jim Coffing of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and children, Brennan, Kelly and Megan Marshall, and Sarah and Hayley Coffing, Tim Brady of Madison and children, Carly and Justin and Maureen Brady and Cheri Maples of Madison and children, Jamie and Micah Maples; and great-grandchildren, Oliver Brady Lehman, Max and Sofia Marino, and Megan and Morgan McLenighan. Additionally, Mary is survived by cherished family members, brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Theresa Hamilton of Waterloo; sister, Anne Holst of Lincoln, Ill.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Con and Lucille Brady of Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Jerri Warden of Clarksville, Tenn.; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh in 1987; daughter, Kathleen in 1968; and son, Greg in 2001. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare of Madison, 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy., Madison, WI 53711, the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 or Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, WI 53711. Mary's family expresses its deepest appreciation to Dr. Greg Sheehy for his many years of extraordinary care of their mother, heartfelt thanks to Doc Rock and the staff at HospiceCare, especially, Cory, Julie and Cathy, and sincere gratitude to Inglehaven and all the "Ingle angels," who provided a truly welcoming home to their mother these last few years. "We are also deeply grateful to Mother's special circle of friends, all of whom have loved, cared for and laughed with Mom. How blessed she was to have each of you in her life." "Mother approached life with grace, humility and courage, and an ever present sense of humor. We will continue to look to Mom for her divine guidance." Arrangements were made by the Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madison, 608-274-1000 or

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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Apr. 27, 2008