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“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your family be surrounded by much love and comfort. Psalms 71:21 ”
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“Pat and I went to Mexico with Uncle Leonard in December 1955. We had a great time together. Although we were first cousins we had not spent much...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Norine Rutledge Cusick - CA

“Brennan FamilyYou are in my thoughts and prayers.Jan P ”
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“Brennan Family- My condolences during this time. Many fond memories and good laughs we shared while working at Pierson. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Annemarie Licavoli - Coworker

“Pat will forever be our hearts.Such a sweet woman. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Anne Mahoney - Ferndale, MI

“She was a strong Irish lady with a tremendously giving heart of gold. Everyone she touched in life loved her. She threw a Christmas Eve party every...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Paul Brennan - Northville, MI

My mom, age 8, with her brother Bill “She was a smart, strong, funny, loving Irish lady ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Joseph Brennan - Voorheesville, NY


Patricia Ellen Brennan, age 87, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. She was born April 11, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late William and the late Pauline (nee: Tomasik) Rutledge.

Growing up in a devout Catholic family, Patricia was just a young woman when she felt God's call upon her heart, a call that set her on the path towards a deeper faith in Him. Being grounded in Catholicism, it made perfect sense to attend a good Catholic school, so her parents enrolled her at Annunciation High School in Detroit from where she would ultimately graduate. Patricia enjoyed her schooling immensely and managed to make some wonderful friends along the way, many of whom she maintained contact with well into adulthood.

Following high school, that calling upon her heart blossomed into something new and special when she joined the Legion of Mary, a group of apostolic lay people whose vision it is to grow both in their faith and ministry as well. Founded in September of 1921 in Dublin, Ireland, the Legion of Mary, (often referred to as the Legionaires), has grown to become the largest lay ministry within the Catholic Church, espousing over six million members worldwide. And for those who truly knew Patricia, her association with this Irish born ministry should come as no surprise as this wee lassie, with a maiden name of Rutledge, was quite proud of her Irish heritage,…and blessed to be a member of such a prestigious and holy organization as the Legion of Mary.

With a desire to be a part of the workforce, Patricia headed out in search of something where her talents and skills would be recognized and put to work. Upon her visit to the Plymouth Motors Company, that search finally came to an end when she was offered a position with the firm. Putting her best foot forward each and every day would ultimately be seen by the right people, and would help her reach the pinnacle of her time at Plymouth as an Executive Secretary. She was most proud of her accomplishments, especially at a time that was quite unlike the opportunities afforded woman today. Patricia was a hard worker, one who strove for everything she earned. Yet in climbing the ladder of success, a lofty position wasn't the only thing Patricia took away from her time at Plymouth. There was this other little story about a work associate by the name of Donald Brennan, a man she met at work who would become a dear friend,…her "best friend,"…and ultimately her husband. The two lovebirds were married at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit in the Spring of 1960,…May 14, 1960 to be exact,…on a day immersed in snow as if it were January. But each time Patricia reflected upon that momentous day, she always considered it to be Good Luck. Together, in the eyes of family and friends alike, Patricia and Don were joined in marriage and began their journey as husband & wife, a loving relationship that would carry them for 58 wonderful years until her recent passing.

When she managed to find some time away from work and her familial responsibilities, Patricia enjoyed a number of various pastimes, one of which included taking in some of the shows at the Fisher Theater in Detroit. The Fisher was a special place for her,…not merely for its entertainment value, but also in its familiarity from the days when she ushered there. She absolutely loved being in the theater, whether she was taking in a show or showing someone to their seat. Another of the downtown Detroit venues Patricia truly enjoyed came some years later when the casinos came to town and she could give Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money. Patricia wasn't much of a gambler, yet she and Don could have all kinds of fun just soaking up the atmosphere of the casino experience, while every now and then giving one of those one-armed bandits a real workout.

Patricia was also one who loved to travel and was fortunate to add some international excursions to her travel portfolio in the process. Of all the places she visited, some of her favorites included such destinations as Mexico, Central America,…and the Granddaddy of them all when she visited Ireland for the first time in 2001.

Yet one of Patricia's greatest joys in life came every Christmas Eve when she hosted the pre-holiday event at her home and lavished her loved ones with the best of decorations, food and laughter,…and hugs, too! Convening family is always the start of something special, and Patricia just added her own unique flair to the fun and festivities. Memories were made each year to last a lifetime, and all with Patricia's loving influences keeping them all together.

The mother of four boys, all very close in age, Patricia had her hands full and a cadre of people praying for her as the boys were growing up and feeling their oats. To be true, for the most part, the boys were more blessing than beast,…but as the old adage states, "boys will be boys." Yet Patricia took it all in stride knowing that she was wonderfully supported by a loving husband. She was always strong and unflappable in a crisis, and was forever patching those boys up. She used to often quip that some of the best friends she made along the way were the nurses in the Emergency Room at St. John Hospital. And through it all, Mom was there picking them up and dusting them off,…placing bandages on their wounds when necessary,…and guiding them as any loving mother would. Patricia valued education and always encouraged her sons to achieve,…and they listened well.

Known for her immense generosity and servant's heart, Patricia possessed such a unique and genuine loving concern for all of her family, friends and neighbors, one could only wonder where she was able to

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