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Steven R. Brennen

Posted By Scott Hanes On April 16, 2021 @ 3:09 pm In Obituaries | 19 Comments

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Steven R. Brennen, 67, of Columbus, OH passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.  He was born May 25, 1953 in Fremont, the son of Russell and Ann (Murray) Brennen.  He was a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and received a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio State University.  He also studied at Oxford in England.

Steven was Deputy Chief of Staff under Mayor Greg Lashutka in Columbus, OH.  He was the Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Economic Development Administration Department of Commerce during President Regan’s administration.  Steven was the Executive Director of National Small Business Advisory Council during the President George H. Bush administration.  Steven loved politics and was an avid OSU fan.

Steven is survived by his mother, Ann Brennen and brother, Terry (Lisa) Brennen both of Fremont, OH; niece and nephew, Sean Brennen, Columbus, OH and Kelli Brennen, Maumee, OH.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Brennen and brother, Fr. John Brennen.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service, 550 Smith Rd, Fremont, OH, Fr. Chris Kardzis officiating.  Services will be live streamed through the Sacred Heart website, sacredheart-fremont.org

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Burial:  St. Joseph Cemetery

Memorials can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church


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#1 Condolence By Bob Hahn On April 16, 2021 @ 3:28 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! May God bless you in this time of sorrow!

#2 Condolence By Vicki and Tim Hoffman On April 16, 2021 @ 3:39 pm

So sorry to Ann and Terry for the loss of your son and brother. Prayers and Hugs, Vicki

#3 Condolence By stephen g young On April 16, 2021 @ 5:40 pm

Ann, Terry and Family,
So sorry to read of the passing of Steve. He accomplished a lot in his life and lived that life in politics because of a passion for that environment. He was able to apply his experience and knowledge to all who reached out to him. Who knew growing up on Birdseye Boulevard how we all would end up. Prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Steve and Diane Young
Buda, Texas

#4 Condolence By terry brennen On April 16, 2021 @ 6:50 pm

Thanks Steve, great place to raise kids mom said

#5 Condolence By Missy Flahiff On April 16, 2021 @ 6:56 pm

Lisa,Terry,Ann,Sean and Kelly, We’re so very sorry to hear about Steve passing away. Please know you all are in our hearts,thoughts,and daily prayers. May God give you all the strength to get thru this sad time. Give Annie hugs and our sympathy. Love,The Flahiffs

#6 Condolence By Gary Parks On April 16, 2021 @ 6:56 pm

It brought sadness to my heart when I learned of Steve’s passing. I met Steve when I worked for the Lashutka administration in Columbus in the 90’s. I enjoyed his unique sense of humor and often solicited his valued input. I, too, mourn the loss of Steve with the Brennen family.

#7 Condolence By Hilde Williamson On April 16, 2021 @ 10:15 pm

My sincere condolences to the Brennen family on Steve’s passing. I had the pleasure of working for Steve when he was the Utilities Department Director at the PUCO. I still remember how he spoke lovingly of his family, especially his mother. May he rest in peace.
Hilde Williamson

#8 Condolence By Judy & Jim Laurer On April 17, 2021 @ 2:20 pm

Ann so sorry to hear about your son. My prayers are with you. It’s been a long time
that we worked together if you even remember me.

#9 Condolence By MIKE AND ANGIE MEHLING On April 17, 2021 @ 4:28 pm


#10 Condolence By Irene Bray On April 18, 2021 @ 1:21 am

Ann and Terry and family, I am so sorry to hear about Steve. I am so sorry I can not come to the funeral Home but you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I have some pleasant memories about Steve. My love to all of you. Irene Bray

#11 Condolence By Pat Kingsborough On April 18, 2021 @ 2:09 pm

Terry, Lisa Ann and family.
Your losses have been great. I pray for your sadness to be lessened by the grace of God. You have so much strength for the challenges you have been facing. God will continue to walk with you.

#12 Condolence By Mary & Gary Franks On April 18, 2021 @ 4:10 pm

Ann, Terry and Lisa:

We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May Steve rest in peace.

#13 Condolence By Kevin Kehn On April 18, 2021 @ 7:58 pm

Mrs. Brennen and Terry,
My deepest condolences to you. May the love of God comfort you and may God’s peace be with you in the days, weeks and months to come.

#14 Condolence By John and Brenda Havens On April 19, 2021 @ 1:48 pm

Ann and Terry,

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Steve. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Much Love,

#15 Condolence By Rebecca Andrews On April 20, 2021 @ 12:50 am

Terry and Family
So sorry for your loss.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope your mother is doing ok I know it is so hard to loose your children.

#16 Condolence By Tara E Barney On April 21, 2021 @ 1:23 am

Ann, Terry and family:

My sincere condolences. Steve was a great friend from the time we met in graduate school at OSU. Probably the fall of 1974. He, I and a couple of others completed our M.P.A.’s together and then went on to work for the City of Columbus. Steve, for Mayor Moody and me for the Development Department. While we stayed in touch over the years, we were less so over time. Ironically, we reconnected through social media in the past few months, so I was devastated at his passing. A brilliant man, a great friend, and someone with a mind and sense of humor that was unsurpassed. I know how much you will all miss him. My prayers are with you all.
Tara England Barney

#17 Condolence By Susan Barbour On April 25, 2021 @ 12:44 am

So sorry to hear of Steve’s death. God’s peace be with all of you.

#18 Condolence By Tom and Michele Montavon Hoyle On April 25, 2021 @ 3:08 pm

We first met Steve (and each other) as newly-minted budget analysts in the City of Columbus Finance Department. We worked hard and played hard and Steve was at the center of it all, the perpetuator and victim of many practical jokes. Steve rented screening rooms at local theaters and we gathered to watch movies like the original Star Wars and The Wiz. He soon moved on to a higher calling (the Mayor’s Office) and later served as an aide to Columbus Congressman Chalmers P. Wylie and then served in the leadership of the Economic Development Administration of the Commerce Department. We visited him in Washington while he was working there.

As others have noted, Steve thrived on political intrigue and loved being a party to “inside” information that he couldn’t always share. He was very intelligent and the consummate dresser. His self-deprecating sense of humor knew no bounds.

We miss him. Our condolences.

#19 Condolence By Diane Hilton On May 5, 2021 @ 3:44 pm

I am so sorry for your loss we were neighbors friends and went to Saint Joseph School

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