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Patricia Marie Brown

February 24, 1946 — May 19, 2022

Patricia Marie Shanahan Brown passed away in her home in Brea, California in May of 2022 at the age of 76.

Born in 1946 in White Plains, New York to Edward and Geraldine Shanahan, Pat was the eldest of four daughters. After graduating from St. Luke's School of Nursing in Bethlehem, PA in June of 1968, she moved to Orange County, CA. She worked as a registered nurse in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, and at California State University Fullerton, for close to thirty years. While her children were attending Saints Simon and Jude Elementary School, she worked as the school librarian.

Pat enjoyed spending time with friends and family, laughing, and telling stories. She was known for her motherly kindness and compassion to others, making her an outstanding nurse. She also indulged in a passion for travel later in life, visiting England, Scotland, and Ireland, where she loved tracing her Irish family roots.

She is survived by her three children, Tim (Melissa), Tara, and Ryan (Sun Min), her adored granddaughter Arianna, and her three younger sisters, Eileen, Kathleen, and Veronica.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:30am to honor her life. The celebration will be held at the Connell Funeral Home at 245 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018, followed by the committal at Holy Saviour Cemetery at 2575 Linden Street.

If you would like to donate to Pats legacy, there are three ways to do so - feel free to choose any of the following:

1. To make a donation towards lupus research, please visit the Lupus Research Alliance at

2. Pat was a great supporter of Ariannas education, and would have loved to see Arianna be accepted into a good college. To help fulfill Pats dream, feel free to make a donation to Ariannas 529 college fund at, using the code G69-65K.

3. To send flowers for Pats Celebration of Life service, please visit the Connell Funeral Home website at

Celebration of Life
Saturday, August 6, 2022
10:30 AM
Connell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 E. Broad St.
Behtlehem PA 18018

Funeral HomeConnell Funeral Home, Inc.
245 East Broad St.
Bethlehem PA - 18018

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