Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home

9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN



June 16, 1944March 12, 2020

Marie-Luise (Marlies) Luchsinger, long-time Brentwood resident and former Brentwood High School teacher, passed away on March 12, 2020 at the age of 75, after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Frank Luchsinger; son, Brent (Taunia Rice) Luchsinger; daughter, Kristina (Daniel) Schurzig; sister, Waltraud (Hans-Georg) Dittgen; and three beautiful grandchildren. Marlies was born and raised in Butzbach, Germany. She fell in love with US Army Capt. Frank Luchsinger and they were married in her hometown. In 1966, Marlies graduated from the University of Giessen, Germany and then bravely made the five thousand mile move to the new culture and country of America. She obtained her US educator credientials and worked on the base at Ft. Bragg, NC teaching soldiers Math, English, and US History. In 1967, Marlies joined her husband in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was stationed. While living in East Africa, she delighted in trips to Eritrea, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. Upon Frank’s depature from the Army, Marlies completed her graduate work, receiving her Masters degree in education from Georgia State University. She also obtained her US Citizenship during that time. Marlies then taught English to high schoolers in Georgia, and later to Saudi Arabian businessman in Washington, DC. In 1982, the Luchsingers happily settled in Brentwood. While completing her post-graduate work at Belmont University, Marlies began a 22 year career at Brentwood High School where she taught English, Latin, and German, and was responsible for the annual staff. Marlies pursued her passion for teaching with great vigor and enthusiasm for learning. She cared deeply for her students and strove to impart to them not only a love for languages and learning, but also a desire to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Throughout her life, Marlies sought to see as much of the world as possible. She embraced each opportunity to experience the cultures she visited, and always saw travel as an exciting adventure. Whether sitting astride an elephant in Thailand, being drenched by the waters of Iguazu Falls in Argentina, or walking with her grandchildren on the white beaches of the Florida Panhandle, Marlies took notice of absolutely everything. At home in Brentwood, Marlies was an avid bridge player and spent countless happy hours participating in various bridge groups in the area. She also served for many years as a volunteer at Grace Works in Franklin. Marlies never tired of teaching and learning, as many of her duly enlightened friends and family could attest. The family would like to thank Dr. Dana Cardin and the team at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, as well as Alive Hospice, for their excellent care and heartfelt support of Marlies. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Brentwood United Methodist Church at later date due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.


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Edelgard Kincaid

March 13, 2020

Dear Frank,
I am so sorry over your loss of Marlies. She provided me many hours of entertaining conversation, insight, and knowledge. She was a wonderful hostess and friend always welcoming and generous and still had so much to live for, so many places to see, and so many trips to take. However she is in a better place now, and she is out of any pain that she had, and she is at peace. May God rest her soul, and bless her family.

Blair Andrews

March 13, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Mrs. Luchsinger's passing. She was my Latin teacher at Brentwood High School between 1990-1992. I learned so much from her. She truly cared for her students in her dedication to make learning fun and rewarding.

Harriet Medlin

March 13, 2020

I have many happy memories of teaching with Marlies at BHS and many funny stories from our BMW group dinners! I will miss her. The best memory is when she encouraged me to move from English to gifted services when she retired. Had she not supported me in making that move, I would not still be teaching at Brentwood High. I wIll always be grateful to her for her support. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Pam Vaden

March 13, 2020

I recently told Marlies that she was beloved by the community. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to tell her that, because it is very true. So many of us knew by being around her as a friend and colleague that her intellect, character and passion for life lifted her to the top shelf. We will miss you, beloved Marlies.

Erika Ternes

March 13, 2020

It was an unspoken rule in my family that whatever Mrs. Luchsinger was teaching, we were taking. I will always remember the twinkle in her eye when she’d put a tricky declension up on the board and then say, “Now, this one is for smart cookies.” I’m a much smarter cookie than I ever would have been without her phenomenal teaching.

Erika Ternes (née Haglund)