Marie S. Brown
Tuesday, September 23, 1930
Date of Death:
Saturday, April 1, 2023
92 years old
Marie S. Brown
Marie S. Brown, 92, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2023, at The Waters on Mayowood, Rochester, Minnesota.
Marie was born September 23, 1930, in Plainview, Minnesota to Edward and Helen (Ryan) Schneider. She grew up part of a large family, attended local schools and graduated from Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minnesota. On January 6th, 1951, she married Robert Brown, and together they lived their entire lives in Rochester while raising six children.
From the outset, Marie made the focus of her life’s work her husband and family. Taking on many roles within the household, she was regularly a caregiver, cook, teacher, disciplinarian, advisor, and ultimately a champion for all her children’s needs. There seemed no limits to her personal energy and conviction as it pertained to her family which resulted in beautiful homes, grounded children, and a marriage that lasted 67 years.
Marie also exhibited a genuine fondness and passion for walking and cooking, which she excelled at, and baking which resulted in accolades from far and wide. Additionally, she displayed a wonderful sense and flair for fashion and design, which was evident in her elegant personal appearance and the creation of beautiful living spaces.
Always one to enjoy the outdoors, she took great pride in nurturing nature’s wonders by landscaping, and manicuring her yards, potting colorful bouquets of flowers, and growing a variety of vegetables. Marie also dabbled with growing tropical plants as she would spend nearing 30 winters in Naples, Florida enjoying the ocean views, sun-drenched beaches, and lovely foliage.
Throughout her life, Marie’s guiding influence was her steadfast faith. It was continually apparent in her daily life as she was a warm and welcoming hostess to all. Being deeply committed to her Catholic upbringing, she was ever aware of the need to be of assistance, and over the years was an advocate for numerous church endeavors.
Marie is survived by her sons, Stephen (Diane) Brown, Jeffrey (Barbara) Brown, daughters, Sarah Brown Johnston, Susan (William) Herting, Frederica (Francisco) Escobar, Brigitte (Mark) Lehman, seventeen grandchildren and twenty -two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.
Funeral services are planned for Friday June 9th, 2023, at 10am at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist with Rev. Msgr. Gerald Mahon officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A social hour will follow the Mass with light refreshments served. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
The family of Marie S. Brown has received the following condolences.
To our old neighbors Steve, Jeff, Sally, Susie, Ricka, and Brigitte, One by one our parents are leaving us with memories of backyards full of laughing children, clanging bells calling us home to dinner, summer days running and biking around the streets of southwest Rochester, swimming at Soldiers Field or the country club pool, fall mornings walking to classrooms at Edison. Your mother was the elegant, beautiful lady of that neighborhood who was always perfectly dressed and coiffed and seemingly unruffled by the chaos that must have surrounded her in a household of six children. I was mightily impressed watching her navigate this world with grace. My sincerest condolences at the loss of this lovely woman.
Kim Miller (Glenn & June Miller’s daughter, Kevin Miller’s sister)
Dear Brigitte and family.
Our deepest condolences to you on the passing of you dear mother Marie.
Take comfort knowing that your mom is now in the loving arms of Christ surrounded by the angels , Saints , her loving husband and all the departed souls. They are all rejoicing at her arrival in eternity.
Marie’s spirit will be with you for ever.
God bless you during this difficult time of mourning.
We will keep you in our prayers.
Susan & Denis
My dear Marie, I love you forever! Thank goodness you are at peace now and resting comfortably with the love of your life. Robert loved you so much and the faith you both have had, I’m sure you’re with him. I so much appreciate how much you have supported me coming into life. I’ll still be here for you and and yoirf family. Hugs, kisses, and anything anyone needs! All my Love! Mark Lehman
We are deeply sorry for the loss of your dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother. What a beautiful life so well lived! May she rest in peace.
To Sarah and the entire Brown family I would like to express my profound sadness for your loss. I know what a pillar of love and support Marie was to you all. Take care Scott