Clarice Brennan, 84, of Iowa City, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at The Birdhouse-Hospice Home of Johnson County. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Lensing's Oak Hill, 210 Holiday Rd., Coralville, Iowa, where visitation will be held at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Birdhouse-Hospice Home of Johnson County, 8 Lime Kiln Lane NE,
Iowa City, IA 52240, or St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4330 St. Patrick Dr., Iowa City, IA 52240.
Clarice Jean Brennan was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Margaret Irene Thomas Brennan of Iowa City. They divorced and placed Clarice in Glenwood State School when she was seven. Glenwood had her helping make rag rugs so she was not allowed to go to their school.
Clarice was 23 when she came to the Johnson County Home in Chatham Oaks, where she lived until she was 42. It was there she met Irene Ruhland who was her counselor at Systems Unlimited. In 1979, she started working for the University Hospital in the Dietary Department. She loved her job and almost never missed work. She loved her co-workers, the doctors and nurses, and supervisors who were so kind to her.
Because of her job she could have her own home. She prided herself on how clean and neat she kept her apartment. Clarice loved being independent. Colleen Sehr saw her on the TV news on Thanksgiving night in 1983. Clarice told how she had no relatives and her friends couldn't afford to have her for Thanksgiving. Colleen was at her brother's, Don Sehr, and asked if she could invite her out for Christmas. It was then she became a member of the Sehr family. She told everyone God helped her find Irene Ruhland and Colleen Sehr. They took her on 14 special vacations through Canada, Nova Scotia, all the Northeast, Central States and Southern States. Two trips to Washington, D.C., one in which Senator Harkins presented her with a flag which had flown over the U.S. Capital on her birthday, Sept. 7. Clarice also was awarded Handicapped Worker of the year in Johnson County in 1981 and Handicapped Worker of the year from the State of Iowa in 1983.
Clarice prayed for everyone who had a problem. She was the happiest when helping others. Holidays were very special to Clarice. She had a hat for each holiday and wore it with her huge friendly smile and sparkle in her eye that she will forever be remembered for. She enjoyed getting cards from her many friends throughout her lifetime, especially Nola, while at The Birdhouse for the last 11 months of her life.
Clarice was a dedicated member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Iowa City and God's Helping Hands. She made so many people happy. Clarice was indeed God's Little Angel and will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents and close friend, Colleen Sehr.
Clarice is survived by numerous friends who she considered family for many years.