Birth: May 3, 1914Profession: July 31, 1945Death: February 27, 2012
Religious of the Sacred Heart Anita (Nancy) Bremner, a lively and much-loved teacher, died Monday, February 27 at Teresian House in Albany, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 5 at 2:00 PM in the Teresian House Chapel, with a visitation period one hour before the service. Interment will be in the Kenwood Cemetery in Albany.
The daughter of John Berchmans Bremner and Mary Taylor Bremner, both deceased, she was born in Chicago, on May 3, 1914. She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. William) Cole of Bulverde, Texas, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Lauretta (Mrs. James) Sliney, Marie (Mrs. Edward) Sliney and Mariella Bremner, RSCJ and a brother John Berchmans Bremner, Jr.
A product of Sacred Heart Schools, Sister Bremner entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1937 at Kenwood Convent in Albany, New York, and made her final vows there in 1945. Sister Bremner, saw her vocation as a gift and became a nun because “God told me to.” She is remembered as open and vivacious. She will be missed by her RSCJ community, her former colleagues, residents and staff at Teresian House and a multitude of former students.
From 1939 to 1984, Sister Bremner taught in Chicago area Catholic schools: Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sheridan Road; Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph School and St. Mary’s Parish in Lake Forest. In 1984, she moved to Grand Coteau, La., where she taught at St. Ignatius School part-time, while also teaching Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at parochial schools.
In 1985, she began a literacy ministry that became her passion. She started the Volunteers in Teaching Adults (VITA) literacy program at the Thensted Center in Grand Coteau and managed it from 1985 to 1993. Sister Bremner moved to Albany, New York in 1993 and spent five years as a religious educator at Our Lady Help of Christians School. Her final years were spent in prayer and community service, deepening her relationship with God and loving and helping her sisters and others.
Bonnie Kearney, RSCJ, said of Sister Bremner, “Nancy was someone who took totally to heart the life of a Jesus with no boundaries - she would feed anyone, talk to anyone, let anyone into the house - her openness to others was totally Christian! Her approach was simple: love your neighbor as God loved you and spread the word.”
Sister Bremner earned a bachelor of arts in history, with a minor in sociology, from Manhattanville College of the sacred Heart, New York City, in 1936. She also earned an M.A. in French from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947. She was a member of the Chicago Catholic School Board, 1976-80.