Marlborough – Elizabeth “Betty” Bresnahan, 96, passed from this life to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center after a brief illness.
She leaves behind a son, Arthur J. Bresnahan Jr and his longtime companion, Elizabeth Miller, of E. Dennis and Pine Island, Fla. She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren, Kevin Bresnahan and his wife, Elaine, of Worcester; Kathy (Bresnahan) Phipps and her husband, Benjamin, of Hartford, Vt.; Kerri (Bresnahan) Lovell and her husband, Jason, of Temecula, Ca.; Jon Todd Bresnahan and his wife, Katrina, of Natick; and Craig Bresnahan and his fiancé, Elizabeth Sartori, of So Boston, and six great-grandchildren, Joshua and Matthew Phipps, Kacey Bresnahan, Braden and Brynne Lovell, and Sloane Bresnahan, as well as her soon-to-be-born great-grandson. She also leaves her loving daughter-in-law, Joellyn Bresnahan of Shrewsbury, and several nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth was predeceased in 1981 by her devoted husband of 40 years, Arthur J. Bresnahan Sr., and by her beloved son, John, in 2007. Being the youngest of eight children born to the late Joseph and Julia (Stacey) Riel, her two brothers, Adolphus and Edward Riel, and five sisters, Sr. Mary Bertholde S.S.A., Aleda Richardson, Sr. Irene Riel S.S.A., Mary Farrell, and Agnes Berthiaume, passed before her. Also, her son Arthur's wife, Joan (Tetrault) Bresnahan, died in 1983.
She was born September 25, 1915 in Auburn, and enjoyed her childhood living on the family's farm. She would tell her family that even during the Depression and with such a large family to feed, they always had plenty of food.
She graduated from Commerce High School, and after graduation, she took a job at Richard Healy's in Worcester. While raising her two boys, she helped out in her husband's business by working as the bookkeeper for Bresnahan's Service Station for many years. She was a member of the Shrewsbury Business Women's Club and was a devout parishioner of St Mary's Parish in Shrewsbury for over 63 years. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
A calling hour was held May 21 at Britton Funeral Home of Shrewsbury, with a Mass St Mary's Church of Shrewsbury. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Elder Services of Worcester and the VNA Hospice Care of Worcester who, along with her caring grandson, Kevin, made it possible for Elizabeth to remain in her home for as long as possible.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Elizabeth to Elder Services of Worcester Area Inc., 411 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602.
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