Catherine Brethel, of Milford Pa., passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at Delaware Valley Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Matamoras, Pa. She was 95 years old.
She worked for Nassau County Department of Health in Hempstead, N.Y. and was a devout member of the St. Vincent de Paul Church, in Milford.
The daughter of the late Thomas A. and Catherine (Connelly) Hanley, she was born on May 25, 1926, in Manhattan. She was married to Joseph P. Brethel Jr., who preceded her in death on September 21, 2006. They were happily married for 59 years.
Catherine leaves behind six loving children, Joseph Brethel and his wife Francine, Thomas Brethel, Michael Brethel, Stephen Brethel and his wife Patricia, Dr. Maureen Brethel, and Richard Brethel and his wife Dolores; her twelve grandchildren, Michael, Jacquelyn, Christopher, Katie, Kimberly, Kyle, Gregory, Brendan, Samantha, Danielle, Brian and Kevin; and nine great-grandchildren.
Catherine was preceded in death by her daughters-in-law, Sue Brethel and Geri Brethel.
Friends joined at Stroyan Funeral Home on March 17. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 18 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, with Rev. John Boyle officiating. Burial will be at Milford Cemetery in Dingman Twp., Pa..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting stjude.org or Maryknoll Sisters, 10 Pinesbridge Rd, Ossining, NY 10562.