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10/25/2013 11:02:00 AM
Frieda Brennan
Mrs. Brennan
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Mrs. Brennan

Our beloved matriarch, Frieda Mary (Scott) Brennan, 91, died on the afternoon of Oct. 24, 2013, surrounded by family members and loving caregivers at Manor Court nursing home, Peru.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary’s Church, Utica. Monsignor James Swaner will officiate.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. services Monday in the church. Burgess Funeral Home, La Salle is in charge of arrangements.
Frieda was a member of the Great Generation, the last in our family, born on June 3, 1922, in Union City, N.J. As a fearless young girl she was a regular passenger on the Hudson River riverboats that ferried workers and families from New York City to Newburgh, N.Y. She saw the legendary Fats Waller on one such trip. She once walked from her home just to see the RMS Queen Mary lay on its side receiving repairs in New York and was an eyewitness to the smoke of the crash of The Hindenburg. She met her spouse, Francis Brennan, a Midwesterner from DePue and a resident physician at St. Mary Hospital in Hoboken, N.J., while she was a student nurse. They married on Sept. 19, 1942, and relocated to Utica, Ill., where Francis performed the duties of village physician while Frieda raised their three children, Jane (Kim) Keutzer, Jim Brennan and Nora (Julie) Brennan.
Frieda was a devoted mother and later, grandmother who was greatly loved by her children, eight grandchildren (Michael, Laura, Patrick, Andrew, Joseph, Brian, Rachel and Amalie) and 11 great-grandchildren. She passed her best traits to us, including her ability to find humor in every situation, her acceptance of others and her love of family. She was an avid bird watcher who inspired three generations of bird watchers, naturalists and biologists in our family. She was a musician and enjoyed arts and crafts such as refinishing furniture, working with fabrics (sewing, quilting, etc.) and painting. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish, Utica, including the choir. She had perfect pitch which she used to the advantage of others to play the piano as a volunteer at Lighted Way. She encouraged everyone in our family to pursue the arts and many of us have become musicians and artists. Her choice to pursue nursing has inspired our family greatly, as many of us are medical and health care givers, too.
Survivors are all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. We will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, son-in-law, David and her husband, Francis.

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