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James Butler Brennan "Jimbo"

February 1, 1926 ~ June 6, 2021 (age 95)


James Butler Brennan “Jimbo” left this life to go home on June 6, 2021, at the age of 95 (and four months). Loving husband of his forever sweetheart “Joanie” (who predeceased him in 2010 after 60 years of marriage).

Beloved father of William (Mary Jean), Mary Jo (the late Rick) Goodman, Nancy (Mike) Briesemeister, and Marty (Connie). Beloved “second dad” of every other kid on 87th Street.

Proud grandpa of Tim and Tom Cox and Brigid (David Casey), Katy (Neil Bell), Carly (Sarah) and Colleen Brennan.

Great-grandpa of six.

Dear brother of the late Joe (Virginia) Brennan, the late Father William Brennan SJ, the late Kathleen Brennan, Terry (the late Mary Louise) Brennan, and Eileen (the late Barney) McCullough, Marilyn (the late Bob) Hartmann, Nancy (the late John) Steigerwald, Virginia (the late George) Halaska.

Jim is a graduate of Marquette University High School, Notre Dame University and Marquette University Law School. He was a remarkable athlete who excelled in Hockey, Boxing, Track and Football – playing halfback at Notre Dame.

Jim was an attorney, State Senator, U.S. Attorney, and Milwaukee City Attorney who lived out his commitment to Justice and Equality. Jim loved everyone and he was widely loved in return.

Gathering Monday June 14th, 2021, at CHRIST KING PARISH (2601 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa), from 9:30 AM to 11:45 AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon.  Private burial to follow. Memorials to “Catholic Charities” are appreciated.


My father spent the last three years of his life at St. Camillus Assisted Living Campus in Wauwatosa and on behalf of my entire family we want the staff to know that we will never be able to thank you enough for how you brought joy to my father's life eventhough he was going through so many health challenges.  The staff had the unbearable task of taking care of my father during the pandemic crisis when all the residents had to remain in their rooms  all day long and all of his meals had to be brought to him.  These dedicated workers are true "Angels" in our minds and we cannot thank them enough and especially Veronica,Simone,April,Lori,  Michelle, and Connie.

We love you all and we will miss you.

Love Bill Mary Jo Nancy and Marty

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Memorial Gathering
June 14, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Christ King Catholic Church
2604 N. Swan Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Guaranteed delivery before the Memorial Gathering begins

Mass of Christian Burial
June 14, 2021

12:00 PM
Christ King Catholic Church
2604 N. Swan Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Guaranteed delivery before the Mass of Christian Burial begins

Private Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery
7301 W. Nash Street
Milwaukee, WI 53216

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