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Marion (Thauer) Brown

1902 - 2004




More than anything, Marion (Thauer) Brown will be missed.  When she died on July 18, 2004, at Cedar Crest Health Care Center in Janesville, Marion left behind many loved ones and friends whose lives she touched and enriched in her 102 years.


She was interred with her husband in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown, the Rev. Del Klink officiating.


Funeral arrangements were handled by Schneider, Apfel, Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home.


The former Marion Thauer was born June 21, 1902, in Watertown, daughter of Attorney Nicholas and Henrietta (Reul) Thauer. After graduating from Watertown High School, she worked with her father and brothers at the Skinner and Thauer Law Firm. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she met her future husband, L. Wayne Brown. They both received Ph.D. degrees in bacteriology in 1933 and were married in Watertown on Oct. 19, 1935.


Marion worked for a time at a university laboratory, and her husband was employed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and became director of the Wisconsin Dairy and Food Laboratory.


Marion was involved in Madison as a volunteer with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, the Audubon Society, elementary school tutoring, teaching English to wives of foreign university students and St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary. She was a reader, writer and learner throughout her lifetime.


During their many years in Madison, Wayne and Marion resided in Nakoma and later at Oakwood Village prior to moving to Janesville in 1997 to be near their daughter.


Surviving are a son, Larry (Betty) Brown of Reno, Nev.; a daughter, Mary (Lavern) Anderson of Janesville; six grandchildren, Janice (Rob) Gray, Tanya Brown, Maribeth (Jim) Buggs, Will (Mary Edith) Anderson, Margaret (Igor) Vaysman and Ellen Anderson; and three great-granddaughters, Kathryn Buggs, Eva Anderson and Lily Vaysman.


Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne on Oct. 18, 2000; an infant son, Charles; her parents; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Wallace (Muriel) Thauer and Richard (Irene) Thauer. 




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