Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Neil Joseph Brown III

Saint Gabriel's cemetery, Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Standard Speaker, April 1968
Neil Brown III was born on February 5, 1914 in Hazleton.  He's one of the many Browns in my family tree. Sadly, the trail ends with his obituary.  I'm still looking for information on his wife since there was no death of death for Dorothy when I took the picture of their tombstone.  I did find an obituary for her sister who passed away on January 25th 2010 at the age of 92 and listing Dorothy as a surviving relative.  Talk about some great longevity in the Gillespie family!

Well, on to the obituary for Neil who was my 1st cousin twice removed.

"Neil Joseph Brown

Neil Joseph Brown, of 644 N. Wyoming St., died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital.  He had been ill 10 days.

Born in Hazleton, a son of the late Neil and Bridget (Brown) Brown, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

He was employed at the Hazleton Brick Co. and was a member of St. Gabriel's R.C. Church.

he is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Gllespie [sic], and four children:  Neil J. Brown Jr., Allentown; Dennis, Timothy and Patricia, all at home.

Also surviving are these brothers and sisters:  Mrs. John (Nancy) Harkins, Newark, Del.; Mrs. Eleanor Prosser, Mrs. Clyde (Mary) Barth and James, all of Hazleton; Eugene, Levittown, N.J.; Paul, Meadville; John, Philadelphia; Mrs. Charles (Joan) Cann and Charles, both of this city.

A son, Spec. 5 Michael P. Brown, was killed in action in Vietnam Nov. 26, 1967.

The funeral will be held from the Boyle Funeral Home, 100 S. Wyoming St., at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  Solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated in St. Gabriel's R.C. Church at 9:30 and interment will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends may call 3 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday."