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Mary Gertrude Brisbois, 86, of Charlevoix, passed away peacefully and into her heavenly home on June 30, 2021. She was born on March 29, 1935 in Lansing, MI, the daughter of Andrew and Minnie Marie (Chandler) deVries.
Mary attended Alma College, and enjoyed teaching elementary school in the 1950s. She settled in Saginaw, MI to raise her family as a devoted wife, mother, and “Beppe.” She was involved in the Christian Women’s Club, Hopevale Women’s Ministries, and Bell Choir. In 1998, she and her husband, Bernie, retired to Charlevoix, where she had been visiting since she was a young girl. Mary enjoyed a variety of crafts, including cross stitch, knitting, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and card making. She was also a Pampered Chef Consultant.
On July 20, 1968 on the sandy shores of Lake Charlevoix, Mary married Bernard Brisbois who survives her. She is also survived by four children, Ann Marie (Rob) Pieschke of Saginaw, Carol (Mike) Rothenberg of Troy, Mike (Trisha) Brisbois of Gainesville, GA, and Amy (Andre) Steinke of Saginaw; twelve grandchildren, Robbie (Angie) Pieschke, Andrew (Courtney) Pieschke, Kevin (Allie) Pieschke, Mark (Christie) Rothenberg, Kirstie (Chad) Rogers, Kayla (Adam) Schiller, Jonathan Shillington, Georgia Shillington, Bowen Steinke, Asher Steinke, Ben (Sara) Brisbois, and Kellsie Brisbois; and five great-grandchildren, Owen, Evelyn, Wyatt, Everett, and Barrett, with three more on the way. Step daughters Lynn (Carl) Donato and Pam (John) Liccardello and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Annie Laurie Robinson.
Mary’s family will hold a celebration of her life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice.
Arrangements are in the care of the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com
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