Lucille Brown

Lucille M. Brown, age 94, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Oregon Manor. She was born on June 16, 1918, to Alfred and Julia Deininger of Monroe. Lucille attended Goodrich Country School in Monroe for eight years, walking a mile and a half to school. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1936 and Green County Normal in 1937. She taught at Goodrich School one year until it closed and then two years at Kelly School north of Albany.  

Lucille married Phillip H. Brown Aug. 18, 1940, in Monroe. They farmed west of Monroe, and she continued teaching two years at Twin Grove. Phillip and Lucille farmed in Monroe and New Glarus, started their family, and in 1955, moved to Brooklyn with their four children, where they continued farming until retirement. Phillip died Feb. 11, 2003. Lucille remained on the home farm until one year ago.  

Lucille aspired to carry on her mother’s tradition of generous and thoughtful hospitality, community service, attention to detail, and recognizing the importance of family, friends and neighbors. She was Brooklyn Township clerk from 1963 until 1983 and a teaching assistant at Brooklyn Elementary School from 1971 until 1977. She was an active member of the Brooklyn Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, participating in United Methodist Women and serving her community. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, painting and cooking.  She quietly, efficiently and lovingly made things happen, never seeking rewards.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Dyreson; children, Jim (Ginny) Brown, Fred (Karen) Brown, Julie (Jim) Von Eschen and Mary Grace (Dan) Ott; 10 grandchildren, Nels Brown, Lars (Ruth) Brown, Kaia Kegley, Andy (Shahla) Brown, Tim (Amy) Brown, Adam (Brie) Stapelmann, Jacob Stapelmann, Luke Stapelmann, Betsy Ott and Anna Rose Ott; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Lucille was preceded in her death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Lloyd Deininger; son-in-law, Gordon Stapelmann; and grandchildren, Heidi and Hans Stapelmann.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Brooklyn Community  United Methodist, 201 Church St., Brooklyn, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, with the Rev. Gail Brown presiding. Visitation will be at held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 1150 Park St, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brooklyn Community Methodist Church. The family extends a warm thank you to Oregon Manor, Main Street Quarters and Hospice staff for their gentle care of Lucille over the past year. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Oregon
Funeral & Cremation Care
1150 Park St.

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