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Maurice “Joe” Brennan 1937-2011

Jul 21, 2011

IOWA CITY — Maurice “Joe” Brennan, 73, of Iowa City died peacefully Saturday, July 16, 2011 at Mercy Hospital.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, July 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Spiegel officiating. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemtery. Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Foundation for the College of Dentistry, Mercy Hospital Foundation for Diabetes Education or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Joe was born Sept.27, 1937 in Emmetsburg, the son of Maurice Joseph and Margaret Marie Dunigan Brennan. He was a graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High School and the University of South Dakota. On June 13, 1959 Joe married Arlene Chapman in Emmetsburg.

Joe was employed at the University of Iowa for 43 years, retiring in 2003 as the Associate Dean of Finance in the College of Dentistry.

His memberships include St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Schools and the Iowa City Elks Club. Joe had served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 52 years and their son Terry (Susan) Brennan of Tonka Bay, MN; two grandsons, Kieran Joseph Brennan and Dillon James Brennan; three brothers, Bill (Lorna) Brennan of Emmetsburg, Chuck (Mary) Brennan of Kansas City, KS and Don (Katie) Brennan of Red Oak; brother and sisters-in-law, Dolores (Robert) Tanner of Clear Lake, Juanita Helmke, Ronald (Sandi) Chapman and Marietta (Michael) Flannegan, all of Emmetsburg; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com