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Mary Rita Brassie

September 19, 1964April 28, 2021
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Mary Rita Brassie passed away on April 28, 2021 at the age of 56. She is survived by her brothers Tom, Greg (Lisa), Steve, David & Bill Brassie, nieces Missy (fiancé Jeff Gorman), Jennifer (Josh) Autry, Emily (Jake) Austin, two great-nieces and three great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Robert Brassie and her mother Dorothy (Brennan) Brassie.

Mary was born on September 19, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from Scecina Memorial High School in 1982 and went on to pursue multiple degrees in higher education in fields such as international studies and environmental science. She is an alumnus of Harold Washington College in Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, and John Marshall Law School. She loved learning and had a sharp mind, in addition to being very creative. Her vibrant personality shone through in everything she did.

In her professional life, Mary worked for a few years at the United States Postal Service in Indianapolis before moving to Chicago and pursuing a career in law administration. She worked for the American Bar Association for a number of years followed by almost a decade at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Among Mary’s many interests, she had a great love for animals, and in addition to her day job, she had a side job of pet sitting cats, dogs and birds for friends and referrals around Chicago. She also loved to travel and visited several countries on solo trips around the world. No culture was foreign to her and her curiosity about life and people could never be satisfied; she could find something interesting in every place she visited and every person she met. You could say she didn’t know a stranger! She also loved trying new foods and had a philosophy that you should never eat at the same restaurant twice, because there are so many to try! She greatly relished any time she got to spend in nature and she was particularly drawn to the stars.

After living in Chicago for about 27 years, Mary returned to Indianapolis at the onset of her battle with cancer to be near family. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and will be missed by her family and friends. There will be a time of visitation on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 9am - 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, immediately followed by a funeral Mass at 11am. She will be buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Little Sisters Of The Poor or The St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Mary Smith

May 7, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the entire Brassie family in the loss of a very special woman, Mary Brassie.
Bob and I had the pleasure of getting to know Mary through Casting for Recovery, a fly fishing retreat for breast cancer survivors. Mary and I shared time talking, laughing. After the retreats we continued our friendship. I admired her zest for life and all she had accomplished living life. She and I have a love of dragonflies. May she be flying high in heaven on her special dragonfly ! Love and miss you! RIP.

Suzette Brown

May 6, 2021

Although I only knew Mary for three years, I am proud to say she was my friend. Mary and I shared many common things, our love for our family, friends, being outdoors, travel, being adventurous and a special friendship formed from both of us being diagnosed with breast cancer. The list of things we talked about and shared could go and on. My family and I loved spending time with Mary and I know I learned so much about living life in our short three years as friends. I will forever remember Mary and miss our late night long conversations. My deepest sympathy goes to her family and friends. In Heaven, my friend Mary is FREE and N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease).

Meredith Wilson

May 5, 2021

As a fly fishing friend, I remember Mary's delight to learn to fish with a fly rod. I can still see her excitement at Coxhall Gardens when catching a bluegill. I am sure she has now "gone fishing".

Marie Frey

May 4, 2021

Greg & Lisa:
We are so sorry to hear about Mary. Our prayers are with your family at this time. Know that she is in heaven with your Mom!
God Bless... Love, Dave & Marie Frey

Jill Bird

May 3, 2021

I enjoyed meeting Mary at the casting for recovery retreat in 2018. We bonded over our shared love of travel and other common interests. She was lovely woman with a special spirit. Her passing leaves a void.

Joan Kane

May 3, 2021

My family grew up down the block from the Brassies and I have very fond memories of Mrs. Brassie, Tom, Greg, Mary, Steve, Bill and David. I will miss her as will my family. May God bless her and the Brassie family.

Joseph Carroll

May 2, 2021

I literally was just thinking of Mary and did a search on facebook to re-connect after 41 years only to find out that she had past just a few days ago.. I dated Mary when i was a freshman and remember her as ine of thw kindest people i have ever known . My sincerest Condolences to her family. She was an amazing person.

Maureen Codrea

May 1, 2021

Our loss is Heaven's gain. Mary was a woman of exemplary faith. Mary was kind with a delightful sense of humor. I will miss our "Merry" adventures.

Fr. Michael Martin

May 1, 2021

I remember Mary and her brother, Steve at St. Simon’s Grade School, when I used to ride the bus to school. Mary and her brother, Steve, were always so nice.

My prayers are with Steve and the rest of the Brassie family during this difficult time.

God bless her, and may Mary, Rest In Peace.

Fr. Michael Martin
Archdiocese of Louisville

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