Joseph C. Brett



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Joseph C. Brett Rochester: July 21, 2018 at age 91. Joe is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen. He is survived by his children, Mary Brett, Kathleen Collins, Joseph (Tiffany) Brett, Thomas (Audrey) Brett, Matthew Brett, Anne Brett, Therese (Andreas) Eppler; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Kathryn (Kay) Ignatowski; brother-in-law, Delmar Leach; many nieces and nephews. Joe was a veteran of the US Army, having served with the 43rd Infantry Division 1950-1953. He retired from Gannett Rochester Newspapers in 1989. Joe’s family warmly thank the staff of the Special Care Unit at St. Ann’s Home for all they did for him and his family during his final months. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 10:00 AM Saturday July 28th at Holy Cross Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please have Mass offered for the repose of his soul. Donations may also be made in his memory to the Special Care Unit at St. Ann’s Community 1500 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14621. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


  1. Molly McLaughlin on July 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Joe was a wonderful neighbor who amazed and inspired us all when he’d head out to shovel his driveway on the worst winter days. He is remembered, along with seeing your mom at the front door, whenever I look across the street at your house. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Gerald Schneider on July 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I worked with Joe at the newspaper for a number of years and he treated me well and was kind to me while training me. sorry to hear he is gone, but he will be remembered well. Jerry Schneider

  3. Tom Leach on July 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Sincerest condolences to the entire Brett family. Uncle Joe was the guy who knew the entire family history. I hope that will not be lost. One of my fondest memories were the ‘John the Baptist’ pictures taken at Hamlin Beach family outings. Be in peace, Uncle Joe.

  4. Joe (Stephanie) McCarthy on August 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Joe’s passing. He was the last of my aunts & uncles. Lots of fond memories of weddings & graduations with all of the Brett’s Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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