Gracia A. (Perron) Brennan


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Salem - Grace Brennan, 96, of Salem, passed away peacefully Friday evening surrounded by her loving family at Kaplan House in Danvers. She was the devoted wife of the late John W. Brennan with whom she shared 64 years of marriage.
Born in Salem, Mass., Grace was the daughter of the late Joseph and Emma (Richard) Perron. She was the youngest of four siblings and enjoyed sailing, swimming, and playing the violin throughout her childhood.
Grace graduated valedictorian of her class from St. Joseph's Academy. An accomplished violinist, she attended the New England Conservatory in Boston before working at GE during World War II. She made many lifelong friends at GE and after raising her children, Grace pursued a successful career at Endicott College.
After the war, she married the love of her life, John W. Brennan, and together they raised six children. Nothing was more important to Grace than her family. Her happiest days were spent creating cherished memories together.
No matter where she was, in Salem-by-the-sea or wintering in Florida, Grace always made her house a home filled with the people she loved.
Grace is survived by her six children. Her three sons, John W. Brennan Jr. and his wife Jan of Maryland, Daniel J. Brennan of Salem, and Richard Brennan and his wife Wendy of Salem; and three daughters, Pamela B. Broderick and her husband John of Salem, Elizabeth A. Francis and her husband Paul of Salem, and Julie Sylvia of Nantucket. Her legacy also lives on with her 14 loving grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Virginia (Brennan) Brophy of Beverly, and many nieces and nephews. Grace was predeceased by grandson Ryan A. Brennan; and her siblings Robert Perron, Angela Lyness and Rev. Richard Perron.
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at Star of the Sea Church in Marblehead, Friday, June 21, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Care Dimensions at Kaplan Hospice House Danvers. To send a condolence to the family, please visit
Published on June 18, 2019
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Judie Zissulis
Jun 19, 2019
--A wonderful lady, mother and friend to all who knew her! I will always be grateful for the love Grace showed especially to my son in his early years, making him feel like one of her own grandchildren. Jake and I will always cherish the wonderful memories and times spent with John, Grace and the entire Brennan family.
Kevin Hubbard
Jun 18, 2019
Great memories at the Brennan’s. Thanks for selling me my first car. Sky blue Skylark!!
Condolences to you all.
Marie Gauthier
Jun 18, 2019
She was so special. She always made you feel loved and special around her. A wonderful role model for her family. She is resting with her family in heaven. My thought and prayers are for her and with the family during this sorrowful time. God bless.
Ann and Chris Brophy
Jun 18, 2019
Grace was a very, very special lady, loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. My heart breaks for you all; may she rest in peace and happiness, reunited with her loved ones, especially John and Ryan. xoxox love, Ann & Chris
Jun 17, 2019