Edward J. Brennan
Edward J. Brennan, 77, of Lewisburg, passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2019, in his home surrounded by his family. He became stricken with Alzheimer's about five years ago and gave that horrible, cruel disease one hell of a fight each and every day until his very last breath.
Ed was born Jan. 12, 1942, in Shamokin, a son of an auto mechanic and a seamstress.

After graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, he served in the Navy before going on to a 30-year career in the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ed began his career as a correctional officer at USP Lewisburg in 1965 and later retired there as Warden in 1994.

Ed married the love of his life, Marie, and they remained happily married for 56 wonderful years. Together, they raised three accomplished children, Daniel, Sherry, and Edward, Jr. Ed's career took him and his family on a journey across many states, including Wisconsin, Georgia, New York, and Texas, before ultimately returning to Pennsylvania. Along the way, he became a dear and loyal friend to many.

Ed was blessed with three grandchildren, Brooke, Courtney, and Ryan, and one great-grandson, his little buddy Shaun. He loved being their Papa. He was perhaps the proudest grandfather that walked the earth.

Anyone who knew Ed would agree that his ability to detail his vehicles was second to none. He was an avid and formidable golfer who loved making golf clubs and coaching others on their swing. In addition to his pastime of golf, Ed always enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, woodworking, and tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. In his earlier years, he threw a mean fast-pitch in softball. And he loved hitting the dance floor to polka with his wife Marie.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Mildred M. (Braubitz) Brennan; three brothers, Gerald J. Brennan, John R. Brennan Sr., and Ronald W. Brennan; and his sister, Mildred M. Blase.

In addition to his wife Marie, Ed is survived by his three children, Daniel J. Brennan and husband Rodney of San Francisco, Calif., Sherry B. Ulrich and husband Marshall of Selinsgrove, and Edward J. Brennan Jr. and wife Jenna of Wayne; his three grandchildren, Brooke Lester, Courtney Lester, and Ryan Lester and wife Brandi; his one great-grandchild, Shaun Lester; and one brother, James F. Brennan and wife Irene. He also leaves behind many other family members and friends who sadly will miss him.

A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Sacred Heart Church, Eighth and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1, with Father Mark Wilke as celebrant.
The family plans to have a private burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Ed's memory be made to the Alzheimer's Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/TeamPapasParade.

Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N.High St., Selinsgrove.
Published on October 23, 2019


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Patrick Keohane
Nov 01, 2019
Have great memories of Ed including my son and I deer hunting the four years we were in Lewisburg . He was a life long friend and I was able to visit him on my last trip to Lewisburg. May he rest in peace
James Reed
Oct 27, 2019
Dr. James Reed
I truly enjoyed working with Ed at FCI OXF. He was extremely supportive of the health services department. Ed always welcomed new ideas which was a contributing factor for the improvement and delivery of health care for inmates. RIP my friend!
October 27, 2019
Lenny Graves 563-382-5736
Oct 27, 2019
Marie, I am so sorry to hear of E.J."s passing. He was "1" of the finest Wardens with whom I had the pleasure to serve. Most A.W's were under the shadow of the Warden. That was not the case with E.J.!! He had trust in his staff, both Ex as well as line staff. Both E.J. and I understood who stood on the front line and who made the diffence and who went home at night.

He was WARDENS warden!!

Marie, my heart to you and your family

Lenny Graves
Oct 27, 2019
Your dad and the SOE met me on the front steps of FCI Oxford when I transferred from Phoenix. I enjoyed working for him once I learned if he was using a few four letter words as he spoke with you, he liked you. He had a great sense of humor and made it fun when appropriate compared to other Wardens. He supported his staff and gave credit where credit was due. I admired and respected him a lot .
The Rev.Roy D. Meyer
Oct 25, 2019
I h ad the good fortune to serve as Chaplain under Warden Brennan prior to our mutual retirements. He was a good administrator, professional, caring and true to his word. He will be missed but we are the better for his legacy. RIP and keep swinging!
Don Gregory
Oct 25, 2019
Ed will greatly be missed by all of his family but there are some of us that had a great deal of respect and loyalty to him!! Loved playing golf with him and he promoted me to my first Lieutenants position in Bastrop, Tx. Later on I ran into him again in Lewisburg as Captain and he was retired! I visited your home several times and all of you always treated me like family! I loved Ed and I pray God gives all of you peace and blessings forever and ever!! 🙏🏽🙌
Crystal Trego
Oct 24, 2019
I have only known Ed a short time, but I am so extremely grateful to have met him and all of you! Marie my heart aches for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
Much Love,
Crystal Trego MT/CNA
Brookdale Graysonview
Regina & John Moscarello
Oct 24, 2019
He was my (Regina) first Warden for a short term before he retired. He was a great person and great Warden!!! After he retired I would stop and see him when was hitting golf balls by the training center. He will be missed. Condolences to his dear wife and family!
Art .Beeler
Oct 24, 2019
Such a kind soul. A great correctional administrator who cared for his staff deeply. Condolences to his family. All who knew Ed was blessed.
Dan Edwards
Oct 24, 2019
One of the finest staff members I had the opportunity to work with. I learned a lot from him
Rod Kerstetter
Oct 24, 2019
So sorry to hear this. He was a very good man and a fine Warden.