2009-10-15 / Obituaries

Merle McLaughlin Brennan, 93


Brennan, 93, of

Warwick died Sept. 27 in the presence of her family at St. Elizabeth Home in East Greenwich.

In 1938, Merle received her B.S. degree in education from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, S.D. She received her master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1970. She began her teaching career on a South Dakota Indian reservation and later, as a graduate assistant in engineering at Iowa State College. Merle taught for the 20 years prior to her retirement at Cranston East High School in the English department. In 1979, she received the Cranston School Department Teacher of The Year. After retirement, she volunteered in a court diversion program for juveniles in Florida. Merle was an avid reader, golfer and bridge player. Her husband, John (Jack) Rockefellow Brennan, died in 1982. They married in Minneapolis, Minn. in 1937.

Born in Aberdeen, S.D. in 1915, the daughter of Edna (Giesen) McLaughlin and M.E. McLaughlin, she is survived by her sister, Donna North (Dean), and was pre-deceased by sister, Joan, and brother, Robert. She is survived by her son, J. Patrick Brennan (Jane), of Burlington, Vt.; son, J. Michael Brennan (Mary Lou) of Albany, N.Y.; daughter, Mary Seccareccia (Vince) of Rehoboth, Mass.; and son William C. (Bucky) Brennan (Mary) of Jamestown. Merle leaves nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Internment will be beside her loving husband, Jack, in Aberdeen, S.D. at a later date. A Catholic Mass of remembrance for Merle and Jack will take place in November. Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to St. Elizabeth Community, One Saint Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, RI 02818. Visit www.murphyfuneralhomes. org for more information.

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