Anna E. Brewer

Burlington, New Jersey

1926 - 2019 (Age 93)


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Dance as if no one is watching,

love as if you've never been hurt,

sing as though no one can hear you…

Live as it's heaven on earth.

Anna E. "Nanny" (McFadden) Brewer filled her days with a lilt of Irish laughter. She was fun loving, charismatic and engaging. Sweet and simple, good and true. She was your friend whatever you do. Over the years "Nan" had braved many storms but she held her faith dear and weathered them well. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2019, after 93 years, she was peacefully called to the Lord.

Anna was one of the three famous McFadden girls born during early summer 1926 in Mount Holly. She had been a lifetime area resident and a lifelong active parishioner of St. Paul's Church in Burlington, where she had been a part of the Rosary. Time spent laughing is time spent with God.

Anna had made memories with her family, over a few generations, spending summers at their home in Seaside Park. Nan had no grass under her feet. She tested the luck of the Irish at the casinos in Vegas and Atlantic City and enjoyed spending time with her quilting club, shopping, working out and swimming at the YMCA in Burlington, where she was affectionately adored as "the matriarch." She also was a member of The Women of Joy.

Anna made her career as a secretary in the guidance office at Burlington Township High School. At home, in her little patch of heaven, she spent time in her yard and garden, quilting, knitting and cross stitching.

Mrs. Brewer was the widow of the late Clarence Lewis Brewer.

She was the mother of JoAnn O'Reilly, her husband, Charles O'Reilly and her late first husband, Francis Zakszewski, the late Mary Ellen Brewer, and the late Lewis Brewer. "Nanny" was the proud grandmother of Lori Zaksewski, Elizabeth and her husband, Greg Weiss, and great grandmother of Cooper Symon, Katelyn, Bradley and Rose Weiss. She was the sister of Marie Lewis and the late Laura Costello. "Nan" is also survived and will be sadly missed by her extended O'Reilly family: daughters, their husbands and six grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised high.

Relatives and friends are invited to join us where the angels sing and celebrate Nan's life in devotion to her faith at 10 a.m. Monday morning, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, St. Paul's Church, 223 E. Union St., Burlington.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Acacia Hospice,, The Masonic Village,, both at 902 Jacksonville Rd., Burlington, NJ 08016, or the Bayada Foundation,, 1934 Rt. 541, Suite A, Westampton, NJ 08060.

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I remember Mrs. Brewer working in the school office. She always had a cheerful smile and kind word for everyone. I'm so sorry for the family's loss of this beautiful soul. Sending prayers.

Nan Brewers' Joyful celebration mass. I wished I could attend however I will sincerely share with her the joyfulness though mystical of faith that I be there at Saint Catherine Siena, Catholic Church in the Trinity forever. Peace be with you all always.
Love always, Karen E.Durham

My sincere condolences to Joann and the rest of the family. I last spoke to Nan last summer. I am happy we were able to reconnect. We able to
remembrance about the past. We also twice held conversation over the telephone about the current events and updates about each other and shared some laughs together. I sorry I miss the was joyfulness celebration of Nan life. I am very thankful for all her prayers and good neighborly love she gave me though the years.
Love always, Karen E.Durham

You always brought joy and laughter to our family gatherings. I'll never forget you. You are loved dearly and will be missed.

The Ferrara family (Al, Rick and Dan) sends it's condolences to JoAnn, Lori , Beth, family members and extended family. Nan will be missed terribly. We were neighbors for many years. Nan was a caring, sweet, kind lady. Nan and Lew were a perfect couple admired by many people. Mary Ellen has been missed by us for many years. I have a memory I would like to share that describes Nan and Lew. Almost 38 years ago my mother passed away. We just returned from the hospital after she passed.. There...

For 26 years I was Nan's neighbor across the street on Marter Ave. I remember Lew worked at PSEG in Moorestown and I certainly remember Mary Ellen. I felt so bad when my dog, Duke Von Kruger bit her and we had to get rid of him. That was 1963. Most of the neighborhood oldtimers are gone with the exception of Al Ferrara over on Beverly Road and Mrs. Caroline Durham from Yubas Ave. Nan was blessed with a long life. Everyone should make it to 93. I'm sure she will be missed!