Elise Freed-Brown

March 11, 1986June 28, 2018

In Loving Memory Elise Anne Freed-Brown March 11, 1986 - June 28, 2018 Elise, 32, was born in Portland, Oregon. At the age of 11, she moved with her family to Wilmette, Illinois where she attended public school. She graduated from New Trier High School in 2004. She is a graduate of Beloit College (2008) and earned her master’s degree at Seton Hall University (2010). She began her career in museum education but her interests eventually turned to philanthropic endeavors. She was intensely interested in contributing to society while making a living. Against all odds, in the middle of her cancer treatment, she found her dream job with Girls, Inc. in Chicago. She took great pride in working for an organization that is aimed at mentoring young girls through difficult circumstances. Elise’s work ethic served as a shining example to these girls who watched her stay involved with life even when she became disabled as a result of her cancer. Elise garnered a large group of friends with diverse interests in her short life. She enjoyed a variety of cuisines, theater experiences, travelled widely and also enjoyed the simple pleasures of an evening at home with her husband and family. She is survived by her husband, Elliot Schulz. Elliot was a pillar for Elise to lean on and provided soft, loving arms for her to rest in during her life and her illness. Our family is grateful and inspired by his loyal devotion to our sister and daughter. Other family members whose lives were lifted by hers and will miss her dearly include her parents, Catherine White and Peter Brown, her brothers Julian and McKay, McKay’s wife Esther and their baby Gemma, her sister Grace, Grace's husband Adam, and their baby Imogene. Elise was part of a large family with many aunts and uncles, cousins, and in-laws all of whom were enriched by her life and will deeply feel her absence. Our hearts are broken at the loss of our bright, brilliant, beautiful and talented Elise. May we honor her memory in the way we chose to live our lives. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Elise’s name to: Girls, Inc. Memorial Service will be held at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave., in Chicago at 2pm on Sunday, July 8th. Reception to follow at McKay and Esther’s house.


  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018

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