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Eleanor M. Brett  

Eleanor M. Brett

November 29, 1919 –¬†January 15, 2017

Eleanor M. Brett, age 97, of Middletown, DE, and formerly of Forked River, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Eleanor was born in Jersey City, NJ on November 29, 1919, and was the daughter of the late John and Eleanor (Hannan) Moersdorf . She was a talented homemaker who devoted her life to caring for her family.

A devout Catholic, Eleanor was a past parishioner of St. Pius X Church in Forked River, NJ where she served as a member of the Rosary Altar Society and was a current parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Castle. She volunteered her time as the head promoter at the former Dominican Retreat House in Elkins Park, PA. In her leisure time, Eleanor enjoyed travelling and spending time with her loved ones. She was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be truly missed by all.

In addition to her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Martin J. Brett, Sr.; sons, Thomas and Kevin Brett; and brother, Matthew Moersdorf. She is survived by her children, Martin J. Brett, Jr. (Adele) of Middletown and Annemarie B. Higgins of Newark; brother, Francis Moersdorf of Elon, NC; brother-in-law, Michael Brett of Jersey City, NJ; grandchildren, Christopher (Pamela), Sean (Shannon), Martin III (Christine), Andrew (Amy) and John; 6 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am on Thursday morning, January 19, 2017 at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church at the address listed above or to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, 1901 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803.

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  1. Mary Lapinski (Van Pelt), January 16, 2017

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you at this, a most difficult time. Eleanor was a very special lady and a “sister” to my Mom, Gert Van Pelt. Together they enjoyed so many special times and I am sure that they are together, laughing and looking down on all of us with love. I have a special place in my heart for Eleanor. She will always be as close to all of you and to me, as our next breath and heartbeat. My heartfelt condolences.

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  2. Ellen McShane, January 16, 2017

    Can you imagine the reunion that’s going on up in Heaven right now!!!! God Bless you Aunt Eleanor you truly were an Angel here on earth!! I’m going to miss you!!!

    Love your niece,
    Ellen

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  3. Rodney and Helen whipple, January 16, 2017

    Eleanor was a grand lady. We were so fortunate to have had the chance to get to know her.

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  4. Cynthia Cushing, January 16, 2017

    Eleanor, you are truly an inspiration in all the lives you’ve touched. I will be forever grateful to have known such a passionate, kind, and inspirational woman. May God Bless You in your time in heaven. You will be missed here on earth but I know you are truly meant to be an angel. I am so grateful for your love and guidance to my sister, her husband (your grandson) and their two beautiful children. My memories of you and our visits together will not be soon forgotten. Rest In Peace Eleanor – for you have accomplished such greatness in the lives of your family. My gratitude and love is with you always – truly – your great granddaughter-in-law…Cynthia.

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  5. Linda and Stephen Cellini, January 17, 2017

    Eleanor was a devoted friend to my mother, Gertrude in Forked River. She was an inspiration and it was a privilege to know her.I am sure they are celebrating a joyful reunion in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. May many happy memories comfort you in this time of loss. God bless you all. With love, Linda and Steve Cellini

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  6. Brenda Cushing, January 17, 2017

    Eleanor, what a fine and wonderful woman you are. You are perhaps the mother genuine and kindly person I have met. I sensed your heart was always in the right place in all that you did. I enjoyed our conversations with you and learned from you that life on earth clearly is a journey, not to be missed. Now you are on another journey and I know you will be just as grand in heaven as you were here on earth. There is a saying that every hello means eventally a goodbye. I am so happy I got to say hello to such a beautiful lady. Sadly I say goodbye, knowing you are home with your angels and all who have passed before you. Love, Brenda Cushing

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  7. Edward "Mike" Rush, Jr., January 26, 2017

    I was very saddened to hear of Mrs. Brett’s passing. Growing up, Mrs. Brett was always good to me, even though I was the youngest of the neighborhood boys. She will be missed. While I was unable to attend the services, please be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Brett family.

    Sincerely,
    Mike Rush and Family

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