Ruth Adele Thormahlen Brennan, 92, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Autumn Grove Cottage in Manvel, Texas.
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home beginning at 6:00 pm. A rosary led by Deacon Sam Dell‘Olio at 7:30 pm will conclude the evening. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Church with Father Richard Goodin, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow services at Calvary Catholic Mausoleum in Galveston, Texas. A reception following the burial will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Ruth was born February 13, 1923, to Herbert Louis and Adele Weber Thormahlen at their home in Galveston, Texas. She was the younger of their two daughters. She attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and graduated from Ursuline Academy in the class of 1941. In 1943, she met her future husband, Michael Joseph Brennan Sr., at a USO dance at Menard Park. He was from Chicago, Illinois and was in the Army Air Corps, stationed at the Galveston airport during World War II. Three years later, in February of 1946, they were married. Together, they raised a family of seven children. She was a devoted wife and mother, who was always doing things for others.
Ruth lived in Galveston until she was 85 when she left the island to be closer to family. She was active in numerous organizations over the years: St. Patrick’s PTO, Ursuline Academy PTA, the Altar Society for several churches, the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters, and many others. She was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church and Ursuline Alumnae.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Adele Thormahlen; her sister, Frances Thormahlen Smith; and her husband of 48 years, Michael Joseph Brennan Sr.
She is survived by her children: Sister Adele Brennan OSU of St. Louis, MO; Mary Frances Brennan of San Antonio, TX; Joan Brennan Cooper and husband, Tommy, of Friendswood, TX; Michael Joseph Brennan, Jr. of Tomball, TX; Angela Ruth Brennan of Houston, TX; Ann Brennan Mullin and husband, Mark, of Spokane, WA; and Eugene Louis Brennan and wife Karen, of Houston, TX; her grandchildren: Natasha Eaton Dawson of Edmond, OK; Glenn Eaton of Portland, OR; Ross Cooper of Friendswood, TX; Alan Cooper of Friendswood, TX; and Murphy Brennan of Houston, TX; her great-grandchildren: Ashlyn Dawson and Jaxon Dawson of Edmond, OK; her cousin, Joanne Weber of Galveston, TX; and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers will include William M. Smith Jr., Herbert L. Smith, John D. Armstrong, Ross B. Cooper, Alan T. Cooper and Murphy J. Brennan.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Patricia Stockman and staff for the caring medical service they provided over the last six years; thank you also to the wonderful people at Silverado Hospice and Autumn Grove Cottage for the loving services they provided during her final days.
Memorials may be sent to the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, 353 S. Sappington, St. Louis, MO 63122.