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Hildegard A. Brennan


1931 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Hildegard A. Brennan Obituary
October 13, 1931 - May 21, 2015 Hildegard Adelheid Brennan (nee Busold) died peacefully at her home in Oceanside, CA, on May 21, 2015, from heart failure following a brief hospitalization for pneumonia. Hildegard was born on October 13, 1931 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the daughter of the late Karl Heinrich Busold and Emilie Therese Jakobus. Following a challenging childhood in Munich, Germany, Hildegard culminated her education by becoming a gifted linguist in her teens. This would lead to her chance meeting with a young American Army 2nd Lieutenant, Edward J. Brennan, Jr., in Munich in 1950. What followed was a 65 year love story which led to her emigration to the U.S. as a young bride in 1953. While adjusting to her new surroundings, Hildegard bore and raised two children as Edward completed his education and built his career. By any standard, Hildegard's life was successful and fulfilling, and she touched many lives through her five years as a high school teacher and many volunteer and mentoring activities. Her family was always at the center of her life and Hildegard was "communications central" for everyone. Hildegard is survived by her devoted husband, Edward; son Michael (daughter-in-law Sandy) of Sleepy Hollow, IL, and daughter Karin (son-in-law Dennis Randall) of Carlsbad, CA; her brother, Wilhelm (Willi) Busold (sister-in-law, Beate) and nephew Markus (and family) of Munich, Germany; grandchildren Steven Brennan of Palatine, IL, and Kristin Bartholomew of Carpentersville, IL (and their families, including three great-grandchildren Aubrey, Trenton, and Robert); two step-grandchildren (Michael Randall and Kimberly Brown and her family); along with a number of other relatives and lifelong friends. A joint celebration of life will be held for Hildegard and Edward once God has seen fit to reunite them in heaven. Until that time, donations would be appreciated in Hildegard's name to St. Jude at www.stjude.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 27 to May 31, 2015
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