Marjorie June ‘Marj’ (Willson) Brassard

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ST. PAUL — Marjorie June “Marj” (Willson) Brassard, died peacefully and gently on June 15, 2013 — the day before her 94th birthday — at Alton Memory Care in St. Paul where she lived with her husband of 72 years, John L. (Jack) Brassard, who survives her. Marj met Jack when she flashed by him on her bike at age 13 and according to him, he knew immediately that feisty redhead was the girl for him. As high school sweethearts, they graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul and Marj headed off to the U of Minnesota. They continued their relationship and when she visited him working as a welder in the California shipyards in March of 1941, they eloped and settled down in Alameda, Calif. Their elder daughter, Mary Jo, was born in 1942 and the younger daughter, Sally, two years later. During World War II, she followed Jack with the two young girls and suitcases in tow to wherever he was stationed. Returning to St. Paul, where Jack built his oil business, she supported him by taking the major role in raising their daughters. No matter how hard and long they worked, together they always had fun and enjoyed life, especially boating out on the St. Croix River where Jack was a founding member and commodore of the St. Croix Pool and Yacht Club. They spent every summer weekend surrounded by their friends, children and grandchildren on the sandy beaches of the St. Croix, where she was renowned for her brownies, potato salad and baked beans. Even their travels were water-focused, such as renting river boats to tour the wine country in France and cruising the rivers in China. After the girls were launched, they spent winters at their homes on Sanibel and Fort Meyers, Fla., entertaining and spoiling their eight grandchildren. Their happy and strong marriage has been an inspiration to all their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. Jack attributed his success in his business to the strength and support Marj always provided. They were blessed with warm and caring friends to support them through the decades of their life. Her friends would kid her as to how well she kept the economy booming through her efforts at shopping. Marj also set an example with her generosity. She supported the Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop with her donations and was happy to be able to give to those in need. Even as her abilities faded, she greeted everyone with a smile and a comment about how nice their hair looked, and was very pleased when listening to compliments about her hair as well. Marj still had the ability to light up and make you feel special just for being there with her. She is survived by her husband, John (Jack); her daughters, Mary Jo Kingston (Brady P. West) and Sally Fahey and their children, Tara Fahey, Christopher (Susanne) Fahey, Justin Kingston, Jamie (Vickie) Kingston, Jessica Kingston, Megan (Doug) Mogelson, Jenna Cooper, and Michael Fahey, as well as 10 great-grandchildren. Particular thanks need to go to the warm and caring staff at the Alton Memory Unit for the tender, professional and personal care they gave Marj this past year. We could have asked for nothing more than they generously gave to Marj, Jack and all of us. We will meet to celebrate Marj’s life on Thursday, June 20, at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave. in St. Paul. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. and the funeral service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon committal service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and a funeral lunch at the Pool and Yacht Club St. Paul.
Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 651-228-1006

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