Nonna Brown

Obituary of Nonna Joan Brown

Nonna Joan Meyer was born on Put-in-Bay, Ohio on August 4, 1925.   She was one of three children born from the union of the late Joseph Meyer and the late Libbie (Heuchele) Meyer.   Nonna attended Put-in-Bay High School and graduated with the Class of 1943.

She would marry the love of her life, Carl “Brownie” Brown at Put in Bay on June 17, 1948.   From this union would come the birth of two children; daughter:  Vida and son:  Paul.   Nonna furthered her education attending Beauty School at Werner’s College in Toledo.   She never worked as a beautician but instead would care for the needs of her family as a homemaker.  Nonna always kept a neat home and was very supportive of her loved ones.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and in the past had served her community as a member of the Marian Place Board of Directors and served with the Comboni Missionaries.

Nonna Joan Brown, age 92, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital.   In addition to her parents, Nonna’s passing was preceded by her husband Carl in December of 2016; a son:  Paul “Skip” Brown in 1994; her sister and brother-in-law:  Ethelda and Russell Smith; and an infant brother: Joseph Meyer.

To cherish her memory, Nonna leaves her beloved daughter and son-in-law:  Vida and Thomas Parker of Ida; one granddaughter:  Daisha (Paul) Hennicken of South Carolina; three great grandchildren:  Paul “Charlie”, Finn, and Parker Hennicken. 

Friends may gather on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 1:00pm until 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe, 14567 South Dixie (734) 241-7070. Deacon Mike Stewart will lead the Rosary service at 5:00pm.   Nonna will lie-in-state from 12:00pm until the Mass of the Resurrection at 12:30pm on Monday; August 21, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 511 South Monroe.   Father Ray Arwady pastor of the church will officiate.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.

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