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Obituary: Marie Brass

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Marie Brass, 90, passed away peacefully on Oct 28, 2015. She was the daughter of Peter Kokron and Helen Mueller from Austria-Hungary. On Jan 1st, 1925, Marie was born near Chicago. She also lived in Iowa, California, and finally, Bossier City, LA. Additionally, Marie visited family in many places including East and West Berlin plus Wiesbaden, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Paris, France….

To celebrate Marie’s life, her family is compiling a personal and meaningful booklet on her.

Marie was a believer and always strived to live a purposeful spiritual life. At the University of Northern Iowa, she earned her elementary teaching credential. After teaching first grade students several years, she discovered the joy of ballroom dancing and subsequently gave group and private lessons in Sacramento, CA. In Louisiana, she expanded her teaching repertoire and added line dance classes at various locations including Centenary College. Whether it was children or adults, Marie creatively and patiently encouraged her students to do their best.

She loved to write prose and poetry with a special fondness for haiku. In fact, Marie participated in the Shreveport Writer’s Club plus haiku studies and won many awards including First Place in the 2009 Shreveport Writer’s Club Contest in Unrhymed Poetry. Always a renaissance lady, Marie began to study Spanish in her 70’s and continued until her last earthly day when her daughter, Bonnie, read her the Spanish Phrase of the Day. A quiet, but deep person, she loved nature—watching the birds and especially spending time with the family dog, Lottie.

Sharing with all her family was an immense joy. Marie is survived by her daughter, Mardie and son-in-law, Harlin Jurgens of Latimer, Iowa; her daughter, Bonnie Marie McEwan and son-in-law, Peter Papay of Haughton, LA. Also, she has two grandchildren: Steven Jurgens of Des Moines, IA, and Diana Harkin of Bloomington, MN and their respective spouses: Dawn Jurgens and Robert Harkin, her great grandchildren: Sam, Nick, Jack, Emily, Cole, and Carter—all were the Love of her Life.

Marie was preceded in death by her father and mother plus after the death of her father, her adopted father, Jerome Hensing.

Her family thanks the compassionate people of Horizon Bay, Magnolia Manor, Life Path Hospice and her internist doctor of many years, Leslie J. Sewell. All helped to make her final years as comfortable as possible.

Marie had a special place in her heart for animals and birds and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any organization that helps them.