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Perry and Cathi Kingery

So sad to lose such a sweet neighbor. We have many fond memories of Shirley and her dog, Darby when our Cavalier Emma and Darby would seek out each other when out for a walk. Shirley would always say we’d be related one day whenever Darby and Emmie got married. Shirley was such a fun person. She’ll be missed in Northshore.


She was more beautiful and loving than words can describe. Gramma, I love you endlessly.

Shirley Ann Brechler


Shirley Ann Brechler (86) of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Born May 1, 1935; in Fitchburg MA to Ralph and Lena (Pochini) Annessi. She graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1953. In 1955, she married John Hay Sr. (whom she dated in high school) and had two children, John & Susan Hay.

She made a career as an Administrative Officer for the Federal Aviation Administration and retired on July 4, 2004; after 30+ years. A year after her retirement, she married Robert (Bob) Brechler, who was her co-worker at FAA many years prior.

Shirley’s greatest love was her family (including her beloved dogs: Sammy, Darby, and Peppy) and friends. They all have many wonderful memories of their time spent together (whether on vacation or just gathering for a casual meal). She was very passionate about her country and was known for her patriotism. She also liked to play the piano, read, and shop!

She was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Yulee, FL and of the Italian-American Club in Jacksonville.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brechler; parents, Ralph and Lena Annessi; and brother, Ralph Annessi Jr.

Shirley leaves behind her children: John (Kathy) Hay and Susan Tombarello of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Derek and Kara Hay of Fernandina Beach; Brean (Jason) Walters of Jacksonville; Ross (Jason) Tombarello of Atlanta, GA; and great-grandchildren, Elsie and Edith Walters of Jacksonville.

Her funeral to take place at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Robert Brechler. Everyone is welcome to attend the brief service.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, February 5th starting at 2:00 pm at the St. George Episcopal Church located at 10560 E. Fort George Road on Fort George Island. Please RSVP via phone or text (904-930-2503).

Donations may be made in her memory to the “Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation” or any Veterans Organization.


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