Irene Frances Brown

May 19, 1919 - January 4, 2006

Mrs. Irene Frances Brown, age 86 of Richardson, Texas passed away on January 4, 2006, in Richardson. She was born on May 19, 1919, in Dunkirk, New York to Joseph and Frances (Raczka) Meusel. She married Claude Edward Brown on July 8, 1948. She was a bookkeeper and a member of the St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church and a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunkirk, New York and St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. Mrs. Brown is survived by her daughter, Patricia Saari and husband, Roger Saari; granddaughter, Laura Shelton; great grandchildren, Amy Shelton and Mack Shelton, III all of Plano, Texas; and sisters-in-law, Annette Will Meusel of Jacksonville, Florida and Irene Chicosk Meusel of Hawthorne, Florida; cousins, Robert Polasik of Rochester, New York and Dolores “DoDo” Florian Dudek of Dunkirk, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Brown; and brothers, Joseph Meusel, Jr. and Arthur Meusel. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM, Saturday, January 7, 2005 at St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church 720 S. Floyd Road Richardson. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Some of my fondest childhood memories were sharing summer vacations with my Aunt in her homes in South Florida. She taught me the value of strong committments and values and how to lead your life as an example to others. With neither of us ever short of opinions, we often sparred verbally about politics and the events of that time. She was a strong person, perhaps the strongest woman I have ever known personally. I know her family is proud of her and glad to see her at rest, free of the encumberances that challenged her last years. I am happy that she now can enjoy everlasting life with those who have gone before her. I thank God that Pat, Roger, Laura,and her great grandchildren and all her friends devoted so much to Irene and made her life so special. Art Meusel, January 16, 2006 Dear Pat and Dad, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May love surround you, May faith sustain you, May hope encourage by day. With our love and deepest sympathy, Barbara, Scott, Travis, and Deanna Ebling Barbara Jeanne Ebling, January 10, 2006 To my Aunt Irene, a lady ahead of her time who helped pave the way for women she met during her life time. She was a strong woman, and a smart business person. Aunt Irene was a wonderful chef, a talented seamstress, horticulturist, and a teacher. She was a show-stopper of a lady, a knock out, who was so beautiful on the outside and very, very beautiful inside. Irene took you to task, if it was hard, she helped you overcome it and showed you how to live life to the fullest. I know she made me a stronger woman and most likely every woman she met was stronger for meeting her. Irene always believed a woman should never be held back and could do anything she wanted. I remember as a child, Irene was a butcher, and a officce manager, at that time both men's professions, but Irene was exceptional at each job. She lived her life as a testimony of what a very strong woman could accomplish. I will miss my Aunt greatly, but remember all the life inspiration she gave me. I will cherish her memory forever and the love she gave me. May God fold his arms around you Aunt Irene. Your Loving niece, Sharon Fetrow PS Please give my Daddy a kiss for me!!!!! Sharon M Fetrow, January 8, 2006 We are deeply saddened by your loss. I remember Irene as just being one of the kindest women I ever met. I know the world became less of a place with her departure, but she's with the Lord now, so we can rejoice in that. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill, Terri, Kristen, Stephaney, Derek, and Matthew Saari Bill Saari, January 7, 2006 Dear Pat and family, We are so sorry that your mother Irene passed away. Even though you had accepted her wishes, you must be grieving deeply for her. Perhaps you can take comfort that she is with Jesus, her husband, and her brothers. We are praying for God to comfort you and your family and for the soul of your mother Irene. We send you all of our love and sympathy. Ginger and Ron Ginger and Ron Olson, January 6, 2006 I will always remember visiting your mother in Florida, and what wonderful hosts both Irene and Claude were. I am sorry you are so far away and I can only offer my condolences by email My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Dolores (Dodo) Ann Dudek, January 6, 2006 Pat: Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ed and Sue Czysz Edward Michael Czysz, January 5, 2006 I'll always remember Aunt Irene as a gutsy lady with a good sense of humor.I know Art has many fond memories of her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Marcia Marcia J Meusel, January 5, 2006