Florence Margaret Hollahan Brenner, the second of ten children of Thomas and Christina Hollahan, was born in Memphis TN on June 16, 1925 and died on June 1, 2013 in Louisville KY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, her older sister, Sister Mary Stephanie, RSM, and by her brothers Tom, Bill, Bob, Pat, Jack and Mike. She was “Peggy” to her husband, “Mother” to her children, “Peg” to her 9 siblings, and “Gram” to her 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
She married Howard Brenner on June 4, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, her home parish, in Memphis TN. Daughter, Ann, was born on March 16, 1948 and son, Joe, followed on January 5, 1950. The family of 4 moved to Natchez MS shortly after Joe’s birth and then in 1959 they settled in Tell City IN to raise their family.
In her new life as a “Yankee”, Peggy became active at St. Paul’s Catholic School and Church, volunteering in the classroom and singing in the choir and lectoring at Mass. A voracious reader, she joined the local book club, was active with Catholic Charities, and was president of the League of Women Voters. In addition, Peggy worked with the Board of Elections. She was asked to run for office at one point, but declined because of family obligations.
Peggy and Howard were thrilled to welcome grandchildren and travelled often to visit and babysit. The Hollahan branch of the family had regular family reunions throughout the years in various parts of the country and she and Howard attended every one of them.
As a well-read, self-educated woman, Peggy was very out-spoken on many issues and she was respected for this quality. She was an avid gardener, a dedicated walker, and an enthusiastic vacationer, travelling by car and train, which she loved and by boat, which she hated.
Peggy, “Peg”, “Mother”, and “Gram” is survived by her brothers Gene and Steve, children, Ann(Vince) and Joe (Carole), 12 grandchildren, Jay (Angie), Thomas, Annie, Isaac, Matthew, Clare (Chris), Phillip, Alex, Peter, Marge, Louis, and Jane and 4 great grandchildren, Audrey, Gracie, Ava, and Mollie. She cherished her family and will be deeply missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. EST on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Nazareth Home (Louisville) in the Nazareth Chapel. Visitation will also be at Nazareth Home from 9:30 A.M. EST until service time. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tell City, IN at 3:30 P.M. EST.