Merrell Brennan

Merrell Frances Brennan, 82, a recent resident of Oak Park, died on April 24, 2018 after a long illness. Born at Oak Park Hospital on May 28, 1935 to Edward and Teckla Brennan, she grew up in St. Mel Parish on Chicago’s West Side and attended Trinity High School in River Forest. After her family moved to Waukegan, she graduated from Waukegan High School. Merrell lived most of her adult life in Vernon Hills and was a top fragrance-seller at Marshall Field’s (later Macy’s) in Vernon Hills. 

Interested in Chicago history, particularly its architecture, she volunteered for several years at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park. She loved fashion and fine fabrics and was a talented seamstress who created dance costumes, formal gowns and her daughter’s wedding dress. She could bake an incredible pie crust that no one was able to replicate. 

Merrell Brennan is survived by her daughters, Jeanne (John Segreti, MD) Martinez and Sandra Martinez; her grandchildren, Dania (Luke) Ryczek, Giancarlo Segreti and Stefan Segreti; her great-grandchild, Ava Jeanne Ryczek; her sister, Marilyn Brennan; her niece, Heidi (Glenn) Darby; and her great-niece, Zaidee Darby. The family is especially grateful to Bobby Potts, Merrell’s friend, who visited frequently during her illness and often played piano for her. 

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, May 20 at her daughter’s Oak Park home from 2 until 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Lung Association, or the charity of your choice.

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