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Ellen C (Purcell) Brier

May 27, 1947 ~ November 26, 2021 (age 74)


Ellen C. (Purcell) Brier, 74, of Hershey, passed away  on Friday, November 26, at UPMC Harrisburg.

Born in Pottsville on May 27, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Koury) Purcell.

Ellen was a dedicated RN for Hershey Medical Center as well as a member of the American Nurses Association. Ellen was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Hershey.

She was an avid Penn State Football Fan, and part of the Nittany Lion Club. Ellen enjoyed going to the game and tailgating with friends. She also loved animals, learning about history, especially the Civil War, and enjoyed going to the Theater.

Left to cherish Ellen’s memory is her husband, Dr. Peter Brier; son, Joseph P. Brier and wife, Katye; grandchildren, Tate and Charles Brier; brother, Joseph Michael Purcell Jr. and wife, Pamela; niece, Katie; nephew Sean.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00AM, Saturday, December 4th at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville with Father Phillip F. Rodgers officiating.  Entombment will follow in Our Lady of Cavalry Mausoleum, Hillside, Pottsville. Friends may call from 10:00AM till the time of the Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA. (

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 West Market Street, Pottsville. Online condolences at

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December 4, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church (Mahantongo Street, Pottsville)

Mass of Christian Burial
December 4, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church (Mahantongo Street, Pottsville)


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