Mary Patricia (Ryan) Brennan

Born: Sat., Sep. 29, 1945
Died: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019


Memorial Mass

10:30 AM Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Location: St. Bernadette Church


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Mary Patricia (Maripat) Brennan, 74, was born September 29, 1945, and passed away December 6, 2019. Maripat attended Benedictine Academy (1963), and began working at New Jersey Bell a few years later as a young single mother. She spent her entire career in the telecommunications industry, rising to a significant role at AT&T, went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Elizabeth, and eventually retired from the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) in 2015. Affectionately known as “Patsy” by her family, Maripat was especially devoted to them, taking over the family home in Elizabeth, NJ to care for two elderly aunts. While she spent the majority of her life in New Jersey, Maripat lived in a variety of locales across the United States and Canada as a child. Over the last 13 years, she made her home in Chicago and Seattle, helping care for her two grandchildren. An avid traveler, she had a special place in her heart for Paris, often visiting the city on her own. She appreciated the finer things in life, and shared them with family and friends alike. Maripat will be remembered as smart, graceful, loving, and above all, kind. She is survived by her son, Michael (Merikay), two grandchildren – Ryan Brennan and Cameron Brennan, many loving extended family members and countless friends. Memorial Mass at St. Bernadette Church 9343 S. Francisco Ave, Evergreen Park, IL on Friday December 20, 2019 at 10:30am. Gathering to follow immediately after. Burial services will be held at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, NJ at a future date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you contribute to your favorite charity.

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Greg Phelps
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
I was devastated to learn that Maripat had passed away. She was a wonderful person. I didn't have the opportunity to know her for very long before she retired, but I will cherish the memories of her and the kindnesses she extended to me and my wife.

Deepest condolences to family and friends.

Betty Maloney
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Mary Pat was a wonderful person and so luck for all of us to have known her. I was one year behind her at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth NJ and also grew up in the same neighborhood. She was a generous spirit and always willing to help you out. She truly wanted a better world and so much of her energy was put into making Benedictine the best it could be.
To her family, I know this is a great loss but she left a great legacy that will always be cherished.

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