Jean L. Brennan, sister & sister-in-law of Alice and Naz Fiore, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2012 in the Finger Lakes Center for Living after a short illness, with her loving family by her side. She was born on January 15, 1926, in Auburn, N.Y., the daughter of William and Hannah Brennan.
Jean was educated in the Auburn public elementary schools and graduated from Holy Family Junior and Senior High School. She was a devoted educator for 45 years and received a BS in Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree in Reading from Syracuse University.
Jean had many interests and hobbies. She had a keen interest in reading (children’s literacy), doll collecting, growing flowers, and craft making. Additionally, Jean was a communicate of St. Mary’s Church, Auburn, and a member of the Auburn Teacher’s Association, the New York State United Teachers, and the American Federation of Teachers.
Jean loved traveling abroad and her many trips included visits to Italy, Ireland, England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. She especially enjoyed visiting her nephew, David, in Italy, and made many trips there, embracing the atmosphere and culture of the Italian people.
Jean had a wonderful smile and will be deeply missed by all her family, friends, and former students. She is survived by two sisters, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law: Lorraine B. Sagers, Simsbury, Conn.; Alice B. and Naz F. Fiore, Rome, NY; and Virginia Brennan, Syracuse, NY. Her survivors also include 18 nieces and nephews, 42 great nieces and nephews, 1 great-great niece/nephew and several cousins. She was predeceased by her brother and niece, Dr. Paul J. Brennan and Kathleen Brennan; a sister, Mary H. Brennan; her brother-in-law and niece, Donald Sagers and Elizabeth Sagers; and a nephew, Joseph Coppo.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday morning, April 5th, 11:00 AM, in St. Mary’s Church, Auburn, NY. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the White Chapel Funeral Home, Auburn.