Joyce Margaret (Uren) Brennan, 88, of Lansing, Iowa, died peacefully Oct. 7, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. Joyce was born July 6, 1930, in Churchtown, rural Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Archibald and Jennie (Peterson) Uren. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1948 and earned a teaching degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. She married Daniel J. Brennan on Nov. 19, 1952, at Sacred Heart Church, Waterloo, Iowa.
She taught country school after college and then worked in the payroll department at Rath Packing in Waterloo, Iowa. After their marriage, she stayed home several years to raise their family. She then worked at Brennan Construction, Lansing, Iowa, until her retirement. She was an active member of I.C. Catholic Church choir and an officer with the Lansing chapter of the American Legion Auxiliary. Her great joys in life included attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, reading, gardening, playing cards and spending time with friends.
Joyce is survived by eight children: James (Janette) Brennan of Lansing, Iowa; Martin (Karen) Brennan of Lansing, Iowa; Gerald (Carol) Brennan of Burnsville, Minn.; Teresa (Tim) Hogan of West Des Moines, Iowa; Ellen (Kirk) Dettmann of Onalaska, Wis.; Janet (Patrick) Heiderscheit of Lansing, Iowa; Michael (Kerry) Brennan of Lansing, Iowa; Elizabeth (Brennan) Peloquin ‘92 (Patrick), of Rosenberg, Texas; 23 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Margaret Hogan, of Lansing, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three sisters, Dorothy Van Brocklin, Ruby Olson, and Shirley Koenen, and nieces and nephews Barbara (Van Brocklin) King, Thomas Van Brocklin, Connie (Van Brocklin) Young and David Olson.
The family sends a special thank you to the staff of Mayo Clinic Health Systems for their empathetic care and the “Angels in the Home” who looked after her for the last several months.
The family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or any charity of donor’s choice.
Visitation was Oct. 10, 2018, at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial was on Oct. 11, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing, Iowa with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery, Lansing, Iowa. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lansing, Iowa assisted the family with arrangements.