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Martin Michael Brennan, Sr.

Martin Michael Brennan, Sr. (Marty), 80, of Brisbin, PA, passed away peacefully Friday, April 8, 2011, at 10:00 AM at his home. Marty will always be remembered for his smile and his generosity of sharing vegetables from his garden.

Marty was born in Fernwood, PA, on May 7, 1930, the son of the late Thomas J. and Lillian (Fox) Brennan. On July 3, 1955, he married Theresa Dolores Kassab of Houtzdale, PA, who passed away January 7, 2010, after having been happily married for 54 years.

Marty was a 1948 graduate of the former Bigler Township High School in Madera, PA and was a parishioner of Christ The King Catholic Church in Houtzdale. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Marty worked as a Field Supervisor of Western Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania State Auditor General’s Office for over 20 years. He also worked as an accountant for the former Avery Coal Company and prepared Personal Income Taxes both before and after his retirement. He is a member of Our Lady of the Valley #10376 Knights of Columbus, Houtzdale, B.P.O.E. Clearfield, and was past Chairman of the Moshannon Valley Democratic Party and a member of the Janesville V.F.W. Marty was a former Clearfield County Controller.

Marty is survived by his three children, Julie Brennan, of Lock Haven, PA, Martin M. Brennan, Jr., and his wife, Zolorest, of Huntersville, NC, and John P. Brennan, and his wife, Susan, of DuBois, PA. Marty had four grandchildren, Zalinia M. Cole, and her husband, Patrick, of Hickory, NC, M. Michael Brennan, III, of Huntersville, NC, and Riley R. and Kaylee A. Brennan of DuBois, PA.

Marty was the last of eleven children of Thomas and Lillian Brennan. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Chew, and her husband, William, of DuBois, PA and four brothers-in-law, Gabriel Kassab, and his wife Gertrude, of Pittsburgh, PA, David Kassab, of Washington, D.C., G. Edward Kassab, and his wife, Jane, of Richmond, VA, and Raymond Kassab, and his wife Anna Marie, of Pittsburgh, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

Marty was preceded in death by his sisters, Jane Belin, Betty Popyack, Lorraine “Brandy” Faughner, Kathryn Gow, Edith Spiwak, Lillian Brennan and Margaret Brennan and his brothers John Brennan, Thomas Brennan, Reuben Brennan, his brothers-in-law, Matthew Belin, Andrew Popyack, Harold Faughner, Frank Gow, William Spiwak, Jacob Kassab, Bert Remeselnick, Richard Hocking and Harold Grove, and his sisters-in-law, Helen Brennan, Lillian Brennan, Sophia Brennan, Hazel Kassab, Helen Kassab, Cecilia Remeselnick, Kathryn Hocking and Minnie Grove, and Delores Kassab.

Friends will be received at the Kruise Funeral Home in Ramey, PA, on Sunday, April 10, 2011, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM and from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ The King Catholic Church in Houtzdale at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 11, 2011, with Rev. Father Joseph P. Staszewski as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Houtzdale. Condolences may be sent to . In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Christ The King Catholic Church, Houtzdale, PA.

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