Marie Brazier, age 80, of Helena passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2019.
Marie was the fourth of nine beautiful, intelligent, and kind children brought into the world through Daniel and Catherine Kasperick.
Marie was born in Helena, and never found a compelling reason to leave. Helena surrounded her in loving friends and a wonderful environment to raise her family, pursue a career, and practice her faith. The Catholic Church played a significant role in Marie's life. She grew up blocks from the Cathedral of St. Helena and attended Cathedral High School (Go Greenies!) before going on to attend the St. James School of Nursing in Butte and receiving her B.S. degree in Nursing Education from Carroll College. After graduating from Carroll, Marie started her nursing career at the Fort Harrison VA Hospital. It was around this time that she met a promising attorney named Jeff Brazier who convinced her that getting married and having offspring might be fun... and it was. Together, they had three healthy children, excelled in their careers, and enjoyed the camaraderie of their many friends.
Marie’s nursing career included head nurse, clinical instructor, staff nurse, nursing coordinator, nurse consultant, and lobbyist for the Montana Nurses Association. She was elected and served two four-year terms as the Lewis & Clark County Public Administrator from 1966 to 1974 often bringing her young children with her as she assessed and oversaw the settlement of estates. Marie worked for the Department of SRS for 24 years as a Nurse Consultant, Administrative Officer/Supervisor, and Medicaid Specialist.
In 1994, Jeff had a massive stroke. Marie took early retirement to take care of her partner of over 30 years. After Jeff’s passing, Marie returned to nursing as a pool nurse for St. Peter’s Hospital Homelink/Hospice for six years. Marie never remarried. She was comforted in her later years by wonderful friends, a loving extended family, the addition of grand and great grandchildren, and the strength of her faith. Marie also kept her social calendar full. Much of the time was dedicated to planning and playing bridge tournaments. Her mind stayed sharp and active, though her body gave way to a variety of medical ailments and eventually succumbed to the ravages of cancer. She was surrounded by family at her passing and she left the world as she lived in it... Peacefully.
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Marie was a selfless person, an avid volunteer, and a source of great comfort to many people. She will be sorely missed.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband Geoffrey Brazier, her parents Daniel and Catherine Kasperick, her brothers David, Daniel, and Fred Kasperick and her sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Richard Griffin. Marie is survived by her children Bart Brazier, Brad Brazier, Brenda (Jerry) Marks; her grandsons Allen (Felicia) Brazier and Kevin Brazier; her three great grandchildren Samsara, Saraya, and Silas Brazier; her brothers Joe (Mary Pat), Steve (Linda), and Mark (Karen) Kasperick and her sister Kay (Jim) Hinch as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Weiner and the St. Peter’s Health Cancer Treatment Center nurses as well as the nurses that lovingly cared for her during her final days.
Please join us in celebrating Marie’s life. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 539 N Ewing Street. A reception will follow the mass at the lower level of the Brondel Center at the Cathedral. Following the reception, burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, 3750 North Montana Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Marie are suggested to the St. Peter’s Health Foundation, St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center, Carroll College, or the charity of your choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Marie.