BREADY, Mrs Clyde (nee Taylor)

Mrs. Clyde Bready, of Elkins, died at her home June 29, 1911. She had been ill for some time but her condition had not been thought to be as critical as it was. Mrs. Bready was the youngest daughter of the late William Taylor of Mechanicsburg Gap. About two years ago, she was married to Mr Bready, and since then had resided in Elkiins. She is survived by three sister and two brothers - Mrs S H Williams, Misses Mollie and Minta Taylor and S. H. Taylor of Hampshire Co and Charles W. Taylor of Petersburg. The body was taken to the home of S. H. Taylor last Sat where the funeral services were held Sun afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. A. P. Neal. The body was buried in the Indian Mound cemetery. The pall bearers were her nephews, she had no children, her husband survives her.
Keyser Tribune, July 7, 1911
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 21, 2010


Name: Catherine “Kay” Louella Breedlove, 87, formerly of Cresaptown, MD
Parents: Vernon Graves and Caroline (Hess) Graves
DOB: July 13, 1916, in Cumberland, MD
DOD: Tuesday, July 22, 2003, in Havre de Grace, MD
Spouse: Douglas “Doug” Woodrow Breedlove
Predeceased by: parents; husband; sister, Pauline Fayman
Survived by: son, Rodney W. Breedlove, Crofton, MD
Burial: August 2, 2003, Maryland Veterans’ Cemetery at Rocky Gap

Source: Adams Family Funeral Home, Cumberland, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 10, 2015

BREEN, Mrs. Catherine/Katherine Barrett

Mt Savage, Md, Feb 5 - Mrs Katherine Breen Dead
Mrs Katherine Breen, aged 85 years, died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs Timothy Tansey.  Mrs Breen was a very active woman in spite of her age and her death came very suddenly as she was only ill a week.  Besides Mrs Tansey, she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs John P Kane, Washington, D.C. and Mrs Annie Rooney, Johnstown, Pa.  Twelve grandchildren also survive.  The funeral will be held Saturday morning with a high mass of requiem at St Patrick's Catholic Church.  Interment will be in St Patrick's cemetery.
NB: Her baptismal record has her as Catherine and born in 1844.
Find A Grave Memorial# 149965269
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Friday, February 5, 1926 - pg 14, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted August 1, 2015

BREESE, Elzie Floyd
Elzie Floyd Breese, 88, of 33 Moran Avenue, Cumberland, Maryland, died Monday evening, September 10, 1984, in Bedford County Memorial Hospital. He was born, October 21, 1895, in Greene County, Pa., a son of the late Henry H. and Melissa (Pettit) Breese. Surviving are his wife, Lura Edna Lowery Burkett Breese, one son, Gerald W., of Montana, Fla.; a stepson, Robert F. Burkett, of Altoona; four daughters, Mrs. A. Ruth WentIing and Mrs. Cartha M. Lowery, both of Bedford; Mrs. Audrey V. Blubaugh and Mrs. W. Marketia Ryan, both of Cumberland; and a step-daughter, Mrs. W. Jean Patton, of Littleton, Colorado. Eighteen grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren also survive. Mr. Breese was retired from Manufacturers Light and Heat Co., Ellerslie, Md., and had been manager of Hillcrest Burial Park in Cumberland. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ellerslie, the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company, Gasco Club, and Ohr Lodge #131 F&AM. Funeral services: Saturday, September 15, at 1 p.m. at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, Cumberland, with Rev. Cliff Burroughs and Rev. Dennis E. Dorsch officiating. Burial in Hillcrest Burial Park. Friends will be received at the funeral home Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., and on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Ohr Lodge #131 F&AM will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening in the funeral home.
The Bedford Gazette. September 12, 1984
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 25, 2013 


BREHANY, James Jerome

James Jerome (Doc) Brehany, 74, of 113 Springdale Street, died yesterday at Memorial Hospital. Born in Pekin, he was the son of the late Peter and Jeanette (Darnelly) Brehany, and was a retired foreman for a Toledo, Ohio, glass plant. He had resided in Cumberland for the past five years. He was a member of Aerie 245, Fraternal Order of Eagles and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Surviving are his widow, Lucy Mable (Smith) Brehany; two sons, James J. Brehany Jr., Costa Mesa, Calif., and Richard Brehany, Arlington, Tex.; one brother, John Brehany, Ridgeley; three sisters, Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan, Vero Beach, Fla.; Miss Anona Brehany, Cumberland, and Miss Colletta Brehany, El Paso, Tex., and four grandchildren.
The Cumberland News, April 26, 1975
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 6, 2009



BREHANY, Mrs. Jeanette Damley/Darnley

Mrs. Jeanette Brehany, 76, of 216 Polk street, widow of James Brehany, died this morning at her home after an illness of one year. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church. She is survived by three daughters, Miss Anona Brehany, at home; Mrs. James Sullivan, this city, and Miss Colletta Brehany, Deming, N. M.; and two sons, John, this city, and James, Toledo, Ohio. The body is at Stein's Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 11, 1944
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 6, 2009

BREHANY, Mrs. Jeanette Damley/Darnley

Mrs. Jeanette Brehany, 76, widow of James Brehany and native of Meyersdale, died Monday at her home at Cumberland, Md. A daughter of the late John and Catherine Mackay Darnley, she leaves three daughters, two sons, four sisters and a brother. The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, December 13, 1944
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)


Thomas Brehany of Pekin dropped dead on East Main Street, Lonaconing about 3 p.m. yesterday.  Mr Brehany was employed laying new rails for the street railway company and yesterday was his second day on the job.  Drs Skilling and Bullock pronounced the cause of death as apoplexy.  Thomas Brehany was born in Pekin 37 years ago and was the son of the late Michael Brehany.  His mother is still living.  Deceased leaves his wife and three small children, the oldest only 10; also two brothers, James and Michael both of Pekin and sisters, Mrs John Berkenbaugh and Mrs John Cavan, both of Pekin and Mrs William Cain of Blaine, W Va.  Mr Brehany was a coal miner but had little work in the past year and his family are in very poor circumstances.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Thursday, July 28, 1910 - pg 5, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted October 2, 2015


"Lonaconing, Md.--The funeral of Thomas Brehany who died suddenly in Lonaconing last Thursday, took place Saturday morning from his late home in Pekin.  The funeral went to Barton by street cars, and in St. Gabriel's Church a requiem mass was sung by Father Joseph Nolan, of Lonaconing.  Interment was made in St. Gabriel's Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Russell Kiddy, James Lee, Thomas Martin, Arthur Hamilton, Robert King and Patrick Green.  The floral tributes were carried by William Beeman, William Patterson, Wm. Johnston and Lawrence Dunn."
Evening Times, Cumberand, Maryland, Mon 1 Aug 1910
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted November 12, 2011


BREHANY, Capt. William

U.S. Air Force Capt. William (Bill) Brehany, 29, one of the greatest all-round athletes to graduate from Ridgeley High School and the Virginia Military Institute, was killed instantly in a highway accident yesterday near Larimore, North Dakota. Capt. Brehany, who was recently assigned service officer at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, was killed in a collision between his foreign sports car and a gasoline transport truck on U.S. Route 2 near the base. Warrant Officer Robert L. Harding, on temporary duty at Grand Forks AFB from Truax Field, Madison, Wis., suffered a fractured jaw when he was hurtled from the car Brehany was driving. Both Brehany and Harding were thrown from the car, which was crushed under the rear wheels of the transport. The truck driver was not hurt. Capt. Brehany returned to Cumberland in June for a 45-day leave after spending three years in Eueroux, France, and left here the first part of this month for the North Dakota base. He reported to the base on August 7. Capt. Brehany was graduated from Ridgeley High School in 1948 and was rated one of the school's greatest all-round athletes. After closing out his brilliant high school sports career, Capt. Brehany accepted a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute where he developed into an outstanding collegiate football performer. In 1952, Capt. Brehany was the outstanding passer in the Southern Conference and also led the league in total offense as a quarterback He was honored by being selected All-Conference and All-South by the Associated Press. He also received All-America honorable mention by the AP. Capt. Brehany climaxed his brilliant sports career at VMI on June 10, 1953, when he was presented a trophy as the Institute's best all round athlete in major sports. Although football was his best sport, Capt. Brehany also played basketball at VMI and was a pitcher on the Cadet baseball team. He was graduated from VMI in June 1953 and received a commission as second lieutenant in the Air Force. He continued in service and planned to make it his career. In his senior year at Ridgeley High School he was presented the Knights of Columbus Sportsmanship Award. A native of Cumberland, he was born September 18, 1930, a son of John D. and Edith H. (Kelso) Brehany who reside in Carpenter's Addition in Ridgeley. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Ridgeley. Capt. Brehany was married to the former Miss Elizabeth (Betty) Scott Mills, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd (Peck) Mills, of 725 Fayette Street. Besides his parents and widow, he is survived by a son, William Scott Brehany. Mrs. Brehany and their son remained here for a longer visit with her parents when he reported to his new assignment. The body will be brought here to the George Funeral Home.
The Cumberland Sunday Times, August 28, 1960
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 6, 2009

BREHM, Eugene Melvin

CUMBERLAND — Eugene “Gene” Melvin Brehm, 75, of Cumberland, passed away on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at his home. Born March 9, 1937, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Melvin and Josephine (Lisanti) Brehm. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tracy Lynanne Brehm; brother, Leo Brehm and sister-in-law, Madeline Brehm.  Gene worked for the City of Cumberland. Earlier on in his life he worked for the Cumberland Blouse Factory and the State Department of Forestry. He loved to go bowling, and spending time with his family.  Surviving are his wife, Judy Brehm, of Cumberland; two daughters, Dawn House and Crystal Brehm, both of Cumberland; one son, Charles Brehm, of Cumberland; two sisters, Connie Ritchie, of Oldtown and Tina Adams, of California; one brother, Sammy Brehm, of Tennessee and two grandchildren, Alexa and Wyatt Brehm. Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, (www.scarpellifh.com) on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Father Gregory Chervenak O.F.M. Cap. officiating. Interment will in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502 to help defray funeral expenses.
Cumberland Times-News, August 4, 2012
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted July 20, 2013

BREHM, (infant) Tracey Lynann
Tracey Lynann Brehm, 2, daughter of Eugene M. and Judith (Hoenicka) Brehm, 713 Hilltop Drive, died yesterday in Memorial Hospital. She was born in Cumberland November 15, 1968 and is survived, besides her parents, by a brother, Charles Eugene Brehm, at home; a sister, Dawn Marie Brehm, at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Brehm, this city, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hoenicka, city. The body will be at the Scarpelli Funeral Home.
The Cumberland Sunday Times, January 24, 1971
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 22, 2012


BREIG, Ambrose

Meyersdale, October 19 - Ambrose Breig, 46, of Meyersdale, died Tuesday at the home of his sisters, Misses Mary and Esther. He was a son of the late Peter and Alice Tedrow Breig, and had spent all of his life here. A brother, Richard, also survives.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, October 19, 1945
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)



BREIG, Mrs. Mamie Elizabeth

MEYERSDALE — Mrs. Mamie Elizabeth Breig, 82, died yesterday. A native of Confluence, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Sarah (Stanton) Brown. Surviving, are her husband, Richard V. Breig; five daughters, Mrs. Helen Arnold, Mrs. Mary E. Schardt, Mrs. Alice E. White, Mrs. Doris Lesh, York, and Mrs. Gertrude Baker, Berlin; two sons, Paul V. and Francis E. Breig, Irwin: 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body is at the Konhaus Funeral Home where friends will be received. Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at SS. Philip and James Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Cumberland News, July 15, 1971
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)




LeRoy Breighner, 43, of 802 Brookfield Avenue, died yesterday at Sacred Heart Hospital. He had been ill the past five months. Born in Cumberland, he was a son of Mrs. Mary (Dove) Breighner and the late Roy Breighner. He was employed as a lineman for the C&P Telephone Company. Besides his mother, he is survived by his widow, Jean (DeVault) Breighner; a son, LeRoy M. Breighner, Cresaptown; a stepson, Paul Plummer, city; a daughter, Mrs. Linda L. Morgan, city; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Bonnie Long, Baltimore; Mrs. Barbara McGee, city, and Mrs. Sandra Donahue, city; two brothers, Truman M., and Irvin C: Breighner, city; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Eberly, city, and nine grandchildren.
The Cumberland News, June 17, 1970
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)




G. Wyatt Brenaman, 59, of 867 Gephart Drive, a member of the Cumberland Municipal Airport Commission, was pronounced dead on arrival today at Sacred Heart Hospital. Mr. Brenaman reportedly sustained an attack at his residence and was dead on arrival at the hospital. Mr. Brenaman was employed as a draftsman at the Amcelle Plant of Celanese Fibers of America and was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He was a member and past master of East Gate Lodge 216 AF&AM; a member and past high priest of Salem Chapter 18, RAM, a member and past thrice illustrious master of Salem Council 11, R&SM; a member of Antioch Commandery 6, Knights Templar, and a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine. Mr. Brenaman was a pioneer pilot of this area and a member of the OX-5 Club of America. He was also a member of the Soaring Society of America and the local Pilots Flying Association. During World War II, he served with the Civil Air Patrol as ground training and operation officer. A native of Cumberland, he was a son of the late Edgar M. and Anna M. (DeWitt) Brenaman. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Maythorne (Horchler) Brenaman. The body is at the George Funeral Home where the family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p. m. and tomorrow from to 2 to 4 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. Services will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday at 3 p. m. by Rev. H. M. Richardson, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 20, 1965
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)



Staunton Va - J. Lee Brenaman, 50 years old, many years a merchant here, died suddenly Tues. He is a brother of J M Brenaman, Deputy State Insurance Commissioner, of Richmond.
Keyser Tribune, September 13, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 25, 2010


BRENAMAN, Mrs. Virginia

She Dies Suddenly at Her Home Saturday Evening
Mrs. Virginia Brenaman, wife of Mr. A. T. Brenaman, agent for the Cumberland and Pennsylvania railroad, died very suddenly Saturday ight at the residence of her husband on Frederick street. Mrs. Brenaman was only 43 years old, and her death was a shock to her many friends. It would seem that the deceased was in the best of spirits Saturday evening, and while her health has been rather poorly of late, she appeared in better health than she had for some time. After tea she went down town to do some shopping, and in conversation with those of her friends that she met, stated to them that she was enjoying splendid health. Mrs. Brenaman returned home about 9 o'clock and shortly after retired to her room where she was joined by Mr. Brenaman. The whole house was soon quiet when Miss Maggie McMahon, who was in a room nearby, heard a deep drawn sigh. She at once threw something around her and went into the room, where she found Mrs. Brenneman[sic] lighting the gas. To her question if there was anything the matter, Mrs. Brenaman replied: "No; but I am not well." She then sank into a rocking chair and began gasping. Mr. Brenaman was quickly aroused, and at once taking in the situation he laid his wife on the bed, and immediately summoned Dr. Wiley. The doctor responded as quickly as possible, but before he reached her bedside she was dead. The cause of death was heart disease. Mrs. Brenaman was an estimable lady, and possessed of a true Christian character. She was the president of the W. C. T. U., of this city, and a prominent worker in the Auxiliary of the Y. M. C. A., State superintendent of the jail?(unreadable), alms house and insane asylum work under the W. C. T. U., and an influential member of the Centre Street Methodist church. Mrs. Brenaman was born at Elk Ridge Landing, Md., and had been married about 23 years. She was a true and faithful wife, and will not only be missed in the household of which she was such a useful member, but by the societies to which she belonged, and the community in general. She was also the sister of Mr. Thomas Hobbs, of this city. Besides her husband she leaves a family of four children, as follows: Scott, Edgar, Eva and Homer. The funeral took place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Centre Street M. E. church. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased, who turned out to pay their last respects. The cortege was a very large one and the casket was literally covered with handsome floral tributes. The solemn services were conducted by Rev. J. c. Nicholson. The folowing gentlement acted as pall-bearers: Messrs. J. J. Miller, Samuel Metz, W. A. Reinhard, W. E. Turner, J. R. Atkinson, H. H? Hartsock, Wm Shafenberg, and Preston Crowell. The interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.
The Evening Times, Cumberland, MD.; Monday, April 8, 1895, Page 1, Col. 6
(Courtesy of Charles Riend/transcribed by Genie)
Posted October 2, 2015

BRENAN, Patrick

Mr Patrick Brenan, formerly of Piedmont W Va, and well known to all the older B&O men in his section, is dead in Baltimore. MR Brenan was one of the oldest employees of the B&O railroad and was a veteran in the Civil War. He had been in bad health for several years owing to a complication of diseases and died at Mercy Hospital. Mr Brenan was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, Oct 29, 1839, but when two years old was brought to Westernport by his parents, who settled in that section. He enlisted as a private in the Union army on July 26, 1861, and was made a corporal in recognition of his services.  At the close of the war, Mr Brenan entered the service of the B&O railroad as an engineer and served in that capacity continuously 45 years. He was retired on March 1, 1909.  He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Ellen Tierney of Piedmont. His second wife was Miss Catherine L Sharkey of Baltimore. She survives him, with two daughters and two sons. Mr Brenan's sons and his son-in-law are now in the service of the B&O.
Keyser Tribune, November 15, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 5, 2010


BRENGLE, Mrs. Elizabeth

Mrs. Elizabeth Brengle died at three o'clock yesterday morning, January 23, 1913, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Thornton Carskadon, after a long illness, during which she exhibited wonderful vitality for a person so frail in body. Until a year or two ago, she was a resident of Cumberland, where her husband, Jacob Brengle, died years ago. She was a member of Center Street M E Church, in Cumberland. She is survived by four daughters, viz: Mrs. Emma Ludwig, of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. James Thornton Carskadon, Misses Frances and Nancy Brengle, of Keyser, all of whom were with her when the end came.
The funeral service will be held this morning at the home Mr. Carskadon in Keyser. Rev F. H. Havenner pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, will officiate, assisted by Rev R. E. Lee Strider of the Emmanuel Episcopal church, Keyser. The body will arrive in Cumberland at 12:50 pm over the Western Md Railway and interment will take place from the train.

Keyser Tribune, January 24, 1913
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 12, 2010


BRENNAN, Edward J.
Edward J. Brennan, 73, a native of Lonaconing, died yesterday at his home in Catonsville. Besides his wife, Mrs. Isabel (Moore) Brennan, he is survived by a sister, Miss Mary T. Brennan, of Catonsville. He was a son of the late Edward J. and Anne (Durkin) Brennan, and was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Catonsville, where a requiem high mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9 a. m. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Frostburg about 1:30 p. m. that day. Friends are being received at the Witzke Funeral Home, 4101 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Monday, March 5, 1962 - pg 16, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted June 30, 2012


BRENNAN, Mrs. Helen Virginia Stein

Mrs. Helen Virginia Brennan, 82, of 930 Gay Street, died yesterday in Memorial Hospital. She had been ill several months.  Born June 17, 1895, at McCooIe. Mrs. Brennan was a daughter of the late Thomas 0. and Nannie E. (Thorp) Stein. Her husband, John F. Brennan, a former Cumberland Fire Department chief, preceded her in death.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank D'Atri. Valley Road; Mrs. Mary Cramer. Mrs. Richard Cioni, all of this city, and Mrs. John Holz, Norwalk, Ohio; 18 grandchildren. 23   great-grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.  Friends will be received in the Scarpelli Funeral Home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St Mary's Catholic Church.  Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.  Pallbearers, all grandsons, will be Richard J. Cioni Jr.. Thomas J. Cioni. John E. D'Atri. Robert B. D'Atri. Mark Holz and Daniel Holz.
Cumberland News; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Friday, December 2, 1977 - pg 27, col 3
Find A Grave Memorial# 71682737
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted May 21, 2016


BRENNAN, Mrs. Jennie A. Clark

Mrs Jennie A (Clark) Brennan, 88,  widow of John F Brennan and mother of Assistant Fire Chief, John E Brennan, 107 Polk St, died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs John Haas, Philadelphia, with whom she resided.  She was nearing her 89th birthday.  Mrs Brennan resided her with her son for several years.  She is also survived by two sisters and a brother, Mrs Thomas Niland and John Clark, this city and Mrs Loretta Ferran(sic), Washington, D.C.  The funeral will be in Philadelphia.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Tuesday, December 21, 1943 - pg 13, col 4
Find A Grave Memorial# 162675343
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted May 21, 2016


BRENNAN, John Edward

John E. Brennan, City Fire Chief, Succumbs At 57 ~ Member Of Dept. For Over 36 Years
Fire Chief John Edward Brennan, 57, of 107 Polk Street, died a t 5:15 a. m. yesterday morning in Allegany Hospital where he had been a patient since November 22. He had been in ill health for over two years.  Born in Philadelphia July 17, 1893, the son of the late John Francis and Jane Ann Clark Brennan, Chief Brennan came to Cumberland with his family when he was 15 years old.  He worked for th e Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company as a store room clerk shortly before joining the Cumberland Fire Department October 20, 1914 at th e age of 20, as a truck driver and pipeman at West Side station.  He remained a member of the fire department for 36 years until his death.  Chief Brennan was transferred to Central fire station shortly after joining the department and was promoted to captain October 19, 1924. He became assistant fire chief of the Cumberland Fire Department January 19, 1925 while at Central, then was promoted to fire chief July I, 1948.  He was a member of Cumberland Council No. 586. Knights of Columbus, Police and Firemen’s Welfare Association of Cumberland, Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association, Indianapolis, Ind., Eastern Fire Chiefs Association and International Fire Chiefs Association.  Surviving are Chief Brennan’s widow, the former Helen V. Stein; four daughters, Mrs. Frank D’Atri, Mrs. Mary Cramer and Mrs. Richard Cioni, this city, and Mrs. Jean  Holtz, Mt. Savage; a sister, Mrs. Jo h n Haas, Philadelphia; and 14 grandchildren.  The body will remain at Stein's Chapel and a funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St Patrick's church with Rev Father Louis Miltenberger, pastor of St Martin's Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. officiating. Rev Miltenberger is a cousin of Chief Brennan.  Interment will take place in St Patrick's cemetery.
Cumberland News; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Monday, December 11, 1950 - pg 23, col 3
Find A Grave Memorial# 71682612
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted May 21, 2016


BRENNAN, Rev. Fr. Michael J.

FATHER BRENNAN DEAD ~ An Eminent Priest Passed Away at 4 O'clock This Afternoon
Father Michael J Brennan died this afternoon at 4:15 o'clock at the pastoral residence of St Patrick's Church on North Centre Street.  He was born at Frostburg 52 years ago and had been a priest nearly twenty-four years, twelve years of which he served as pastor of St Patrick's church, this city.  Prior to that time he had served as pastor at Bryanstown, Md; St Patrick's Church, Baltimore and for eight years at Westernport, Md.  Father Brennan's death is a terrible blow to the entire community as it was not generally known that he was so seriously ill.  He participated in services Sunday last, but was taken with acute pneumonia Monday night.  Fathers Mattingly of Oakland and Williams of Mt Savage were with him when he died.  Fr Williams administered the last sacraments.  Cardinal Gibbons was at once notified of the sad occurrence.  Father Brennan has four sisters living: Mrs Peter Eagan, Mrs William Bean, McKeesport, Pa; Mrs P Kelley, Borden Shaft and Mrs Logsdon of Mt Savage.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Friday, July 1, 1898 - pg 1, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted May 21, 2016

BRENNAN, Rev. Fr. Michael J

THE FUNERAL OF FATHER BRENNAN ~ It Will Take Place Tuesday Morning From the Church ~ The remains will be taken to Frostburg for interment.
Yesterday afternoon, the Times, in announcing the death of Rev Fr Brennan, pastor of St Patrick's church, this city, could not give full details, as the sad event occurred just as the paper was going to press.  It seems that on Sunday morning he complained of feeling very unwell, but as Father Gallagher, the assistant, was out of the city, he said the mass being too weak to sing it as usual.  He also officiated at vespers and it was noted by the congregation how low and tremulous his voice was.  As soon as vespers was over, he sat upon the porch and cooled off too suddenly and contracted a severe cold which speedily turned into congestion of the lungs.   For some years past Father Brennan has been a sufferer of rheumatism but stoically bore the pain and seldom complained.  He remained conscious up until a few minutes before the end and at 3:30 o'clock, he knew perfectly well all those at his beside.  Father Williams and Father Mattingly were with him when the dissolution took place and the former administered the last sacraments.  Rev Father Brennan was born in Mt Savage, Md, this coming August forty-nine years ago, and was the son of James Brennan, who was well known in this community.  The deceased was raised in Frostburg and for a time followed the vocation of his father that of a coal miner.  He studied for the priesthood at St Charles College, Ellicott city and finished his course at St Mary's  Seminary, Baltimore.  He was first stationed at Bryanstown, Charles Co, Md.  Afterward he was appointed assistant to Rev Fr Gaitley at St Patrick's church, Baltimore, then he was transferred to St Peter's, Westernport and twelve years ago took charge of St Patrick's parish, this city, succeeding Fr Devitt.  He leaves numerous dear friends, five sisters: Mrs John Bean, who resided with him; Mrs Peter Eagan and Mrs William Bean, McKeesport; Mrs P Kelley, Borden Shaft and Mrs Peter Logsdon, Mt Savage.  The funeral will take place Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from St Patrick's church.  The office of the dead will first be recited and will be followed by solemn requiem mass.  After the mass, Cardinal Gibbons will give absolution.  The remains will then be taken to Frostburg by special train for interment.  The body will lay in state in the church before the services and the congregation can have the opportunity of taking a last view of the priest.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Saturday, July 2, 1898 - pg 1, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted May 21, 2016



MEYERSDALE - Albert C. Brenneman, 88, RD 1, died yesterday in Elyria (Ohio) Hospital. Born in Bittinger July 1, 1874, he was a son of the late Christian J. and Lydia (Bittinger) Brenneman. He is survived by three sons: Earl Brenneman, RD 1, Meyersdale; Ernest Brenneman, Elyria; and Parke Brenneman, Oberlin, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Hetrick, Grantsville; Mrs. Orpha Firl, Elyria; and Mrs. Nelle Lichty, Elyria. Friends will be received at the Price Funeral Home after 3 p.m. today. A service will be conducted there Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. by Rev. Francis Brill. Interment will be Lichty Cemetery, RD Meyersdale.
The Cumberland Evening Times, July 2, 1962
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)




MCHENRY — E. Webster Brenneman, 94, of Marsh Hill Rd., McHenry, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville. Born June 22, 1911, in McHenry, he was the son of the late Nelson and Ruth (Glotfelty) Brenneman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel G. (Duckworth) Brenneman, Jan. 1, 1991. Mr. Brenneman was a member of McHenry United Methodist Church and was a Sunday School teacher. He had also been employed at Duckworth’s Store, Keyser’s Ridge and also the clerk’s office in the Garrett County Court House. He was also involved in Mountain Top Youth for Christ. Surviving are one son, Eugene W. Brenneman and wife JoAnne, Marietta, Ga.; one sister, Deretta Duckworth, Grantsville; four grandchildren, Cheryl Wilson, Apex, N.C., Paul Brenneman, Marietta, Joyce Glass, Albany, Susan Phillips, Sacramento, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 26722 Garrett Highway, Accident, (McHenry) on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted on Thursday at 11 a.m. at McHenry United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Dawson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Accident. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Gideon’s, International.
Cumberland Times obituary
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 25, 2009


BRENNEN, Miss Mary
LONACONING — Miss Mary T. Brennen, 82, of 114 Westowne Road, Baltimore, died Tuesday night in Jenkins Memorial Hospital there. She was a native of Lonaconing, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Ann (Durkin) Brennen, and was the last of her immediate family. Surviving are two nieces, Sister Mary Barnard, R.G.S., and Mrs. Mary Sabo, Dover, N. J and a nephew, James McPartland, Lonaconing. The body is at the Witzke Funeral Home, Baltimore. A requiem mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at St Agnes Church there. The body will be brought to St Michael's Cemetery for burial Saturday at 2 p.m.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Friday, December 26, 1969 - pg 18, col 2
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted June 30, 2012



HYNDMAN – Ayres Brewer, 80, died yesterday at the Penn Wood Rest Home, Bedford. Born in Layton, Pa., he was the son of the late William and Catherine (Stimmel) Brewer. Twice married, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude (Raley) Brewer. He was retired Union Railway employe, a veteran of World War I and was a member of Hyndman EUB Church. His second wife, Florence (Divelbliss) Brewer, survives. The body is at the Zeigler Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 until 4 p.m. A service will be conducted there tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Rev. John Weaver will officiate and interment will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis, on Wednesday.
The Cumberland Evening Times, March 6, 1967
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 10, 2015

BREWER, Mrs. Blanche Virginia McKenzie
KEYSER - Mrs. Blanche Virginia Brewer, 82, widow of Samuel E. Brewer, died yesterday at Keyser Nursing Home, Mt. Lake Park. She was a daughter of the late Charles and Matilda (Blair) McKenzie and was born in Cresaptown, Md. Mrs. Brewer and her husband, who died in 1941, used to manage the old Mineral County Home, near Gerszell. She was a member of Dawson Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Charles S. Brewer, Frederick, Md.; a sister, Mrs. Nora Fetterolf, Catawissa, Pa., nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Rogers Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p. m. today and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m.
The Cumberland Evening Times, June 19, 1958
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 25, 2012

BREWER, Charles Samuel
FREDERICK — Charles Samuel Brewer, 67, of 626 Trail Ave., died Sunday at the Frederick Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was a native of Cresaptown, the son of the late Samuel Edward and Blanche (McKenzie) Brewer. He was a member of the Salvation Army and a charter member of the Men's Fellowship Club of the Salvation Army in Cumberland. He was a former train conductor for the B&O Railroad, a former member of the National Guard in Cumberland, and was active in scouting work in Frederick. He is survived by his widow, Nelly (Stewart) Brewer; one son, Wayne E. Brewer, here; two daughters, Mrs. William. E. Critchley, here, and Mrs. C. J. Cooke, Landover, and five grandchildren. Friends will be received here at the M. R. Etchison and Son Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, from 7 to 9 p. m. A service will be conducted there tomorrow at 2 p. m. by Brigadier E. B. Hariss of the Salvation Army. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Cumberland News, August 27, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 22, 2013

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