Mary S. Brettner, 98, of Clearwater, passed away on September 4, 2023.
Margaret Mary Sargent Brettner was born at home on May 19, 1925, in Bridgton, Maine to Margaret Mary Kelly Sargent of Utica, NY. and Raymond Frances Sargent of Broad Brook CT.
She was the older sister of 4 brothers: Raymond Jr., Theodore, William & Thomas. Their father managed woolen mills, and as his career progressed, they lived in Fairfield, Waterville, and Vassalboro.
In 1940 her father transferred to Raritan Woolen Mills, and the family moved to Somerville NJ. During the war, she tested dyes at American Cyanamid as her contribution to the war effort. In 1947, she graduated from Georgian Court College in Lakewood NJ. with a BS in Home Economics.
After graduation, she and a girlfriend took a cruise on the St. Lawrence where she met her husband to be, Joseph Charles Brettner, Jr. of Chicago IL. It was a shipboard romance. He was the tour guide and finishing medical school. They visited and corresponded for 2 years as he completed his studies. During this time, she worked at the Public Service of New Jersey. They married on September 10, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville.
Early in their marriage they resided in Chicago, Il. Then in 1954 they moved to Redington Beach Fl. Over the years as the Family grew, they resided in Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, and Seminole. Upon Joe’s death, Mary moved to Feather Sound where she resided until her death. Also, during her final years, she enjoyed regularly attending Sea Breeze Adult Day Center in St. Petersburg, Fl.
She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, and her four brothers. She is survived by her children: Vicki, her husband Emory, their son Ian, his wife Jennifer, and their children Zach, Natalie, and Bethany; Scott and his son David; Peggy, her husband Mike, their daughter Melissa and her companion Harry, her son Michael and daughter Nikki, and their other daughter Melinda, her husband Matt, her son Jacob; Chris, daughter Jackie, her wife Lauren and their children Sophia and Alistair, son Andy; Ted, wife Alicia, and son Harrison.
Her Graveside Service & Interment will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery on September 14th at 3:00 pm with Fr. Ken Malley, officiating.