Schimunek Funeral Home

610 W MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD


Bernadette M. Brannan

February 27, 1946June 4, 2019

On June 4, 2019 Bernadette M. Brannan (nee Eckhardt) passed away, she was the devoted mother of Christine Stevenson and her husband Michael, and Brian Brannan and his wife Linda; former wife of William J. Brannan; dear sister of Mary Ann Ramey and her husband Larry; loving grandmother of Bryan and Taylor Stevenson, Matthew Brannan, Sierra and Colt Miles.

Relatives and friends may call at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc, 610 W. MacPhail Rd. Bel Air, MD 21014 on Friday from 5 to 9 PM where the Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM. Interment to follow at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery. If desired contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation or to the American Heart Association. Online tributes may be left at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com


  • Christine Stevenson and her husband Michael, Daughter
  • Brian Brannan and his wife Linda, Son
  • William Brannan, Former Husband
  • Mary Ann Ramey and her husband Larry, Sister
  • Bryan Stevenson, Grandchild
  • Taylor Stevenson, Grandchild
  • Matthew Brannan, Grandchild
  • Sierra Miles, Grandchild
  • Colt Miles, Grandchild


  • Viewing Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 8, 2019


Bernadette M. Brannan

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JoAnn Heinle

June 7, 2019

I feel so saddened by the loss of a long time friend! Even though we haven't seen each other for years. I cherish the memories that we had together the funny ones and the sad ones! It's so sad that every year we sent each other Christmas cards and promised every year that we would get together and we never did ! I regret that I did not take the time. I always respected our friendship and you will always be in my prayers and in my heart!

Love you girl !
Rest in Peace Sweetheart!

Wayne Goddard

June 7, 2019

Nearly 25 years ago, I walked into a law office in Towson, wearing my one and only suit, seeking an internship. Bernadette was the smiling face at the front desk. She greeted me, she comforted me and ultimately called me and told me I got the internship. Thereafter, for about 15 years she and I remained friends and co-workers. She was like a second mom to me, giving me great motherly advice, listening to my problems and watching (I hope) proudly as I progressed through my career as an attorney, husband and father. She will be missed...she was such a great 'mom' to all of us kids.

Like any good "son" when I heard her cries for help in our parking lot one day, I jumped up from my desk, ran through the office, launched my body off the steps of our building and tackled a criminal who was trying to car jack her in our parking lot. The attacker briefly lost consciousness, but looked up at me and said "what did you do that for!".....nervously, I looked over a Bernadette and said, "he was trying to hurt you right?" Bernadette, just smiled and said, "yes, Wayne, that's why I was screaming for help."