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Susan Elizabeth (Sanford) Brennan

April 18, 1950 ~ June 1, 2021 (age 71)



Peacefully and with her family by her side, Susan Brennan passed away after a short illness on Tuesday June 1st, 2021 at Portage General Hospital at the age of 71.

Susan will be lovingly remembered by her son and daughter-in-law Mitch and Ashley Brennan and her grandchildren Gage and Londyn, of Portage la Prairie, MB.  She also leaves to mourn her dear sister Jacquie (Doug) Layfield of Port Coquitlam, B.C., nephews Bryan and Anthony and her step-mother Joanne Sanford.  She is predeceased by her father Claude Sanford of New Westminster, B.C. and her mother Mary Sanford of Burnaby, B.C.

Susan was born in Portage la Prairie and lived almost her entire life here, spending her career working in office administration at local businesses such as Portage Chrysler, Portage Supermarket, Munro Farm Supplies and AgWest.  She was an avid crafter – making and selling her creations became her passion for many years of her life.  Her friends and family will all cherish the clay figurines, holiday-themed Folk Art paintings, or Petit Point and Cross-Stitch wall hangings they have received as gifts over the years.

Susan was a Hockey Mom, spending countless hours in rinks in the winter and at baseball fields in the summer cheering on the kids and supporting them all – win or lose.  Later on, she was able to reprise that role with her grandchildren at their hockey games, baseball games and dance recitals.  Recently, she looked forward each month to the Hockey Moms lunch with a group who turned out to be life-long friends.

Susan was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her son Mitch and embraced every moment spent with him and his family. She especially loved her role as Gramma SueSue, her grandchildren Gage and Londyn became the centre of her world. She lived for updates on their school, sports, activities and was always willing to help out with anything they needed.

A service to celebrate Susan’s life will be held at a later date.

Nobody else held me so tight,

Or made me feel so right,

No one's eyes shined so bright with love,

As my Mom, who is now high above.

Memorial donations in memory of Susan may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation, Portage Regional Committee, Box 1106, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3C5.

A tree will be planted and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Susan Elizabeth (Sanford) Brennan, please visit our floral store.


Graveside service to be announced at a later date


Children’s Wish Foundation, Portage Regional Committee,
Box 1106, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3C5.,

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