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Ann McGowan

June 19, 2022


Ann McGowan, 85, of Carbondale, died Sunday June 19th at home.  She was the widow of Alexander “Al” M. McGowan, who died November 28, 2018.

Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late John Spangenberg and the late Ann Collins Truex and her husband James Truex, she was a member of Saint Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale.  She was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Carbondale.  Prior to retirement, she was employed as a secretary for St. Rose of Lima Parish, Carbondale, for over 35 years.  She was a loving mother and grandmother; she enjoyed baking and cooking for her family, especially her baked goods.  She was a dog lover.

Ann was involved in numerous local events and was a fixture in the St. Rose / Sacred Heart community for many many years. She was such a beautiful human being that it is difficult to find words that do her justice. The only way to describe her is with perhaps the most beautiful word ever spoken. A word, that when done right, with tireless effort and endless patience, can impact an entire life. A word that requires kindness and compassion, but also true grit and toughness. A word that must demand discipline, yet maintain a level of acceptance. A word that entails fierce loyalty and protection, yet room for mistakes and the consequences of them. A word that allows one to recover from mistakes, to learn from them, and continue to move forward. A word so powerful that it can take the ambiguity of the term unconditional, and transform it into a crystal clear reality. And no one did it better. She was in a word….Mom. 

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care given to Ann during her stay.

Surviving are three sons: Alexander McGowan and wife Diane, Robbinsville, NJ; Joseph McGowan and wife Elizabeth, Erial, NJ; Robert McGowan and wife Valerie, Jermyn; two daughters: Ann Marie Rusnak and husband Tony, Greenfield Twp.; Rosemary Gallagher and husband Dan, Palmer; 13 grandchildren: Alex, Justin, Shay, Jesse, Katelyn, Joey, Anthony, Alexandria, Danny, Timmy, Brian, Matthew, and Riley; a great grandson: Urijah; a sister: Jean  Trichilo, Jessup; a brother: Edward Spangenberg and wife Alice, Carbondale Twp.; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Thursday June 23rd from the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in Saint Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale.  Interment will follow in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4 to 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Williams Syndrome Association, or the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

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June 22, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc.
55 Lincoln Avenue
Carbondale, PA 18407

Mass of Christian Burial
June 23, 2022

9:30 AM
St. Rose of Lima Church
6 North Church Street
Carbondale, PA 18407

June 23, 2022

Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery
404 State Route 106
Greenfield Twp., PA 18407


Williams Syndrome Association
570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 223, Troy MI 48084

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit PA 18411

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