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Ellen C. Brier
Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home
6th & West Market Sts.
Pottsville, PA

Ellen C. (Purcell) Brier, 74, of Hershey, passed away Friday, Nov. 26, at UPMC Harrisburg.

Born May 27, 1947, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Koury) Purcell.

Ellen was a dedicated RN for Hershey Medical Center and a member of American Nurses Association.

Ellen was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Hershey.

She was an avid Penn State football fan, and part of the Nittany Lion Club. Ellen enjoyed going to the game and tailgating with friends. She also loved animals, learning about history, especially the Civil War, and enjoyed going to the theater.

Left to cherish Ellen's memory is her husband, Dr. Peter Brier; son, Joseph P. Brier and wife, Katye; grandchildren, Tate and Charles Brier; brother, Joseph Michael Purcell Jr. and wife, Pamela; niece, Katie; nephew, Sean.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Father Phillip F. Rodgers officiating. Entombment will follow in Our Lady of Cavalry Mausoleum, Hillside, Pottsville. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA, Arrangements have been entrusted to Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville. Online condolences at

Published by Republican & Herald on Dec. 1, 2021.
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I just was made aware of my 1st cousin's death. Ellen and I grew up together, attended Nativity and nursing school. We lost touch other than Xmas cards. Please extend sympathy to her beloved son Dan and the family.
Margaret Purcell Sherwood
December 14, 2021
Brier family, I am sorry for your loss. Ellen was a classmate at NBVM and PSU also a dear friend. I will pray for the happy repose for Ellen and pray that our Lord provides his comfort to all during your time of morning.
Thom Kupchinsky
November 30, 2021
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