Marian Brennen, 101

Active church member and gardener

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Marian S. Brennen (nee Soper), 101, of Oak Park and formerly of River Forest, died on Jan. 1, 2019. Born in Chicago on May 17, 1917 to the late Clarence and Esther Soper, she was a lifelong member of her community for 101 years. A member of the River Forest Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, River Forest Women's Club Red Hats, and West Suburban Special Recreation Association, she was an avid reader who loved gardening and enjoyed having a cup of tea in the afternoon. She lived on Bonnie Brae Avenue, surrounded by neighbors who knew her for her kindness. She was a good friend, shared her humor and zest for life with all, and will always be in our hearts. 

Marian Brennen was the wife of the late Raymond E. Knudson and the late William T. Brennen Jr; the mother of Clarke (Janet) Knudson, William T. (Patty) Brennen and the late Nancy Knudson; the grandmother of Amy (Brian) Pieper, and Elizabeth, William and Katherine Brennen; the great-grandmother of Rachel, Jack and Leah Pieper; the sister of the late Evelyn Gustafson and Helen Beverwyk; and the aunt, great-aunt and friend of many. 

Visitation and funeral service were held on Jan. 4 at River Forest United Methodist Church, with interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. 

The family appreciates memorials to the West Suburban Special Recreation Association or River Forest United Methodist Church.

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