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Ann Brannigan, 84

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Ann Brannigan: Broadway performer. Contributed photo

Ann Brannigan of Westport died Sept. 23. She was 84.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and graduated high school at the age of 15 to move to New York City along with her mother and grandmother to pursue a career in dance and musical theater.

She worked uninterrupted for more than 15 years dancing and performing on Broadway in such classics as “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Brigadoon,” and countless others including an early career stint as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. 

After a very successful Broadway run, she transitioned her talent to a newly emerging forum, television where she was a regular for years on such memorable shows as “Your Show of Shows” and “The Jimmy Durante Show.”

Along the way, while working together on Broadway’s “Two on the Aisle,”she met and fell in love with a young and handsome stagehand named Bobby (Robert) Brannigan and they were soon married between performances in a quiet ceremony at St. Malachy’s Actor’s Chapel in New York City.

Ann and Robert moved to their beloved Westport cottage on Old Mill Beach in 1953 and later just up the road to Loretta Court where they raised their three children and where she lived with her husband until her passing. 

Over the next 55 years, she devoted herself to her family and community and with quiet modesty, embraced her role as wife, mother and grandmother. 

Over the years, she devoted countless hours to lending her time and considerable skill helping choreograph various school productions from elementary through high school.

She will be remembered for her talent and beauty but most abundantly for her selfless devotion to others.

She is survived by her husband Robert of 65 years, daughter Kathleen Fazio and son-in-law Skip of Westport, son Terry Brannigan and daughter-in-law Laurie of Westport , brothers Jack Shea and his wife Carol, Tom Shea and his wife Betty and nine grandchildren:  Claire Stiegler, Blaine Stiegler, Brad Meyers, Libby Meyers, Carter Meyers, Garrett Meyers, Terry Brannigan, Eamon Brannigan and Seamus Brannigan several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded by her daughter Maureen Brannigan, also of Westport.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave. Interment will be private.

To leave an on line condolence please visit http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

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