Gladys Brennan Suffern
Gladys Brennan Suffern
  • July 28, 1932 - December 17, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Gladys Brennan Suffern passed away on December 17, 2017. She was born in New Orleans in 1932 and was 85 years old. She was a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School where she served as valedictorian. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in foreign languages from Newcomb College, graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She was fluent in both Spanish and French. She was also a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She was a devout Catholic and a longstanding member of St. Philip Neri Church where she was a Liturgical Minister. She continued her liturgical service at Chateau de Notre Dame. For many years she was a reader for WRBH and its Reading Radio for the Blind program. She also volunteered with Traveler's Aid Society as an interpreter. She was known for her kindness, compassion and love. Everyone who met Gladys was her friend. She was preceded in death by her parents Gladys Sevin and Patrick H. Brennan, her sister Rhea M. Brennan and her beloved daughter and husband, Anne Suffern Bernard and Edward T. Suffern. Survivors include her seven children and their spouses, Edward T. Jr. and wife Patricia, Patrick W. and wife Monique, Stuart P. and wife Diana, James B. and wife Kathryn, Matthew R. and wife Theresa, and Laura S. Burns and husband Timothy, and Meehan S. Murphy and husband Michael; and fifteen grandchildren. A mass will be said at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the nurses, caregivers, and administrators at Chateau de Notre Dame and Hospice for the patience and love they showed our mother through her years at Chateau. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Archbishop's Community Appeal are suggested, c/o Catholic Charities, 1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 200, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113.

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