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Alma M. Brennan

October 26, 2022

Obituary

Alma M. Brennan, 98, of Primrose, beloved wife of the late Gerard J. Brennan, passed away on October 26, 2022. Born in Minersville, on February 28, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Edna (Albertini) Rizzardi and was predeceased by her brother, Frank Rizzardi. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister and aunt and is survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret "Bette" Brennan of Minersville, her nephews Dr. PJ Brennan, Havertown, PA, Sean Brennan, Washington, DC, Michael Brennan and Terrance Brennan, Detroit, MI as well as her nieces Sheila Connor, Bryn Mawr, PA, Erin Bartley, Rehoboth, DE, Moira Brennan, Minersville, PA, Stacy McBride, Spartanburg, SC, Gloria Smith, Chicago, IL, Cynthia Trite, York, PA, Frances Eaton, Mobile, AL, and Darlene Rizzardi, Litiz, PA, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. She was a member of the former St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church where she was married, as well as St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Minersville, PA. Immediately upon graduation from Minersville High School , she was employed by her Alma Mater as an Administrative Assistant, rising to the position of Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of the Minersville Area School District. Alma was an accomplished seamstress, a skill she learned from her mother, and was always an elegant and fashionable dresser, appearing at many a local social function in outfits of her own making. She created and stitched her wedding dress from her own vision and delighted her nieces with elegant copies of Barbie doll dresses. In later years, she took up embroidery and stitched beautiful heirloom Christmas stockings for her nieces and nephews which they still treasure today. Alma was a Master Baker, providing birthday cakes of creative designs for nieces and nephews including carousels and baseball parks. She was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Sodality and the Lions Ladies Auxiliary, accompanying her beloved husband, Jerry, on his many trips as Lions Regional Governor. She was an adventurous cook, passing down her legacy of special recipes to her nieces in a handwritten cookbook upon their marriages. She was always ready with a helping hand, especially for her family whom she treasured, and attended and supported her nieces and nephews in all of their endeavors and activities. Alma was beloved by all, and she will be greatly missed. A visitation will be held at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home on Monday, October 31, with calling hours from 8:00-9:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Michael the Archangel Church of the Holy Family Parish, Minersville, with Reverend Jason F. Stokes officiating. Interment will be privately held at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery where her husband is interred. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. Minersville, entrusted with the arrangements.

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