Memorial Service Saturday June 08, at 11:00 am Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd, Kalamazoo MI 49008 A Celebration of Life Reception follows for: Peter J Brownell, June 20, 1927 to March 19, 2019 and Marilyn S Brownell, April 23, 1940 to April 07, 2019 Immediately following Marilyn's Memorial Service, or 1:00 to 4:00 pm at: Country Acres Village Mobile Home Community Club House 2300 Barney Road Kalamazoo MI 49004
Marilyn Brownell died on April 7, 2019 in hospice care. Marilyn was born April 23, 1940 to Herb and Esther Gruhl in Monroe Michigan. Marilyn was the oldest of four with three brothers Bill, Bob, and Don. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated from Michigan State University, joining the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. After teaching third grade and kindergarten, Marilyn worked at Brown Paper and James River Companies starting as a Secretary and advancing to Quality Control Supervisor. Marilyn's children Suzanne Charlier and Steve Balinski are so thankful to have had such a great Mom. Marilyn's husband Pete Brownell preceded her in death by nineteen days. Along with her children, Marilyn is survived by her stepsons Doug and Dave Brownell and their spouses Judy and Nancy. She was a proud parent, grandmother, and aunt. Enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their Austin Lake home. Memorials can be directed to Breast Cancer Charities, Rose Arbor Hospice or Meals on Wheels. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.