Therese A. Brittain, 71, of Winterset died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Winterset Care Center North in Winterset. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., today (Wednesday, March 23) at Ochiltree Funeral Service & Aftercare of Winterset. A visitation was held Tuesday, March 22, at Ochiltree's, with a Prayer Service following. Burial will be in the Winterset Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Middle River Hospice of Winterset. Therese Ann Mullin was born in Des Moines on Sept. 26, 1939, to Joseph and Katherine (Novinski) Mullin. Therese grew up in Des Moines and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1958. She later attended college at Drake and DMACC. Her marriage to Paul "Jerry" Jerome Brittain took place on June 6, 1959, at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines. Therese worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Brittain's Standard Parts as well as being a homemaker raising her children. She also worked several years for Madison County's Elderly Services providing meals at the Multi-Purpose Center. She served as President of the Community Child Care which eventually became Generations Child Care as well as being a Jaycee Ette. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry; a brother, John Mullin and a sister, Margaret Babl. Therese is survived by her five children – Mark Brittain of Winterset, Chris Brittain of Des Moines, Charlotte Brittain of Adel, Jill Gatlin of Winterset, Sara Brittain of Winterset; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary Mullin of Sioux City; Kay Mullin of Austin, Texas; Joe Mullin of Pleasant Hill; Bill Mullin of Arnolds Park; Helen Mullin of Yutan, Neb.; Tom Mullin of Bloomington, Minn.; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.ochiltree.com.