Aston, PA–Sister Marie Brendan Linehan, OSF, died in Assisi House on September 10, 2012. She was 84 years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years. Sister Marie Brendan (Julia Mary Linehan) was born in Mountcain, County Cork, Ireland, where she was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Rathmore. Sister Marie Brendan ministered primarily in food service and prayer ministry.
Sister Marie Brendan ministered for 35 years in food service in the Diocese of Wilmington at St. Francis Hospital (1965-1967, 1968-2001).
Sister Marie’s 19 years of service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included ministering at Our Lady of Angels Convent, Aston, as an assistant cook (1951-1958, 1967-1968). In 2001 she became a resident of Assisi House and served in prayer ministry until her death.
Additional ministry experience included four years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore at St. Paul Convent (1958-1959) and the Shrine of the Little Flower Convent (1962-1965). She also served for four years in the Diocese of Oklahoma City at St. Patrick Convent, Anadarko (1959-1962); and two years in Baker, Oregon, at Holy Family Confraternity House (1949-1951).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Thursday, September 13. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Marie Brendan is survived by her sister, Christina Foley; her sister-in-law, Rose Linehan; her nieces and nephews; a cousin in the congregation, Sr. Marie Linehan, OSF; and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.