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Tuesday January 5th, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Florence Brennan

Florence M. (Olah) Brennan, 97, of South Abington Township, died on Tuesday in Allied Skilled Nursing.  She was the wife of the late Francis "Bud" Brennan, who died in 1978.

Born May 9, 1923 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Novak) Olah.

Florence graduated in January 1941 from Scranton Tech High School.  Prior to retirement, she worked in the Traffic Department of the A&P General Offices, managed the cafeteria at Abington Heights Jr. High School and was the cook at Our Lady of the Snows Church.

Florence was a vibrant, cheerful person, even at the end of her long life.  She was a talented musician, having a trained operatic soprano voice.  Before her marriage she was a member and soloist of the Schubert Society, Opera Society of Scranton, and many other choral groups.  She was a soloist at numerous weddings and funerals and continued her love of music well into her 80’s, being a member of the Our Lady of Snows choirs and serving as a cantor there for many years.  She used to say, “I’ve sung in almost every church in the area, no matter the denomination.”

Florence had been a devout member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic church in Clarks Summit for over 60 years.  She was involved in every aspect of parish life, including the Friday Morning Company, Renew groups, Women’s Guild, leading the food preparation for the Country Bazaar, and as Eucharistic Minister to the sick.

She was a great cook, being famous for her baked goods, especially her pies and cinnamon buns.  She loved to entertain, was a shark at pinochle, and enjoyed traveling to Wyoming and Texas with members of her graduating class, and to Europe with her daughter.

Surviving is a daughter: Mary Erin Brennan of Three Bridges, NJ; daughter in law Millie Brennan, Newark, DE, grandchildren Sean Brennan, York PA, and his wife Beth, Tim Brennan, West Chester PA, and his wife Leslie, and Kate Brennan, Newark DE; 7 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stepson, James F. Brennan, and brothers, John H. and Edward J. Olah.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. The funeral and interment will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Our Lady of the Snows music ministry or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Florence was a wonderful cook/baker and person.  She was wonderful to me and I always appreciated her as a person and as a co-worker.  Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the funeral home and pay my respects as I care for my two elderly parents.  I did buy a mass card and dropped it off today before the family arrived.  I have wonderful, warm memories of Florence.  Its a sad today.  Joanne Pesota

Joanne Pesota Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dearest Erin and family:I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom.  I know all too well the sorrow you must feel.  Always remember her smile and keep her voice in your heart.  Keep the wonderful memories alive by telling her story over and over again.  She will always be with you.    All our love and prayers,Stephanie and Alyssa Bernardi

Stephanie Bernardi Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Erin,I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”  ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our DiscontentBeth Rodriguez

Elizabeth Rodriguez Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Erin  I always remember your mother as a very sweet yet efficient woman. When the Summit Wrestling Club used the South Campus Cafeteria in the 80s she guided us in our food stand. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Donna Cook Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Erin, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Florence was a truly amazing woman. I got to know her through my cousin Mike Dziak, the high school principal of AH, and as a faculty member at the South Campus. I so much loved visiting her for coffee in the cafeteria early in the morning. Her cheerful personality along with morning coffee set a positive tone for the day. Florence was special. May she rest in peace.

Barbara Dziak Moyer Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

Erin, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.  We have many fond memories of Florence.Evelyn Heiser and Anne & David Ward

Anne Ward Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

Our condolences to you Erin and your family.  Flo was a great cook and made the best cinnamon buns!!  The Schlosser Family

Pat and Bill Schlosser Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Erin, I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.Teresa Ganguly

Teresa Ganguly Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Erin and Brennan Family,We are very sorry for your loss. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.Sincerely,Lev Bekker and Chris Monaghan

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Erin,My thoughts are with you and your family . May the many happy memories with your mother provide comfort during this difficult time.With deepest sympathy,Lynn Linkowski

Lynn Linkowski Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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