A Laois school and community has been left ‘broken-hearted’ following the sad passing of Brenda Corcoran.
Mrs Corcoran, who lived on the Vicarstown Road, Stradbally, died following a battle with illness.
Brenda is described by the local school, St Colman’s, as a ‘valued friend to the staff and students in Room 14 and 15’.
These rooms are the Autistic Spectrum Disorder classes where Brenda was a great friend to two of the students in particular.
On Facebook, St Colman’s paid tribute to the late Brenda.
They said: “Today marks a very sad day for our school community. Last night we lost to the angels a valued friend to the students and staff in Room 14, Brenda Corcoran.
“Brenda has been with us since the induction of our ASD classes here in St. Colmans.
“She looked after, with pride two of our students, ensuring they arrived and departed safely to school.
“Room 14 and 15, along with the school community, are broken hearted to lose a very important member of our tribe.
“Her good natured character and great kindness will always be remembered.
“Our deepest sympathies to Ben and the Corcoran family. May she rest in peace.”
Brenda, formerly of Inch, Stradbally, passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 24 at The Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise in the presence of her husband, daughter and close family.
She is predeceased by her daughter Yvonne, sister, Maura and her brother Michael and will be sadly missed by her husband Ben, daughter Rianne, grandchildren, son-in-law Gavin, sisters Ann and Kathleen, brother John, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and her many friends.
Due to government advice regarding public gatherings a private funeral for Brenda will take place for family members only.
May Brenda Rest in Peace.