RITA ELIZABETH (FAIVRE) BROWN | 1917 - 2011 | Obituary

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Born: December 04, 1917
Died: February 06, 2011

Rita Elizabeth Brown, 93, of DeKalb, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Home, DeKalb.

Born Dec. 4, 1917, in Maytown, Lee County, Rita was the fourth of nine children born to Joseph A. and Mary Ann (Montavon) Faivre. Her parents moved to DeKalb in 1924, where Rita attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from DeKalb Township High School in 1936 as class valedictorian. Her early career included positions with the DeKalb Trust and Savings Bank and DEKALB Agricultural Association. An aptitude for accounting earned Rita recognition in a field dominated at the time by men.

On Nov. 25, 1943, Rita married Robert “Bob” C. Brown. Rita was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of DeKalb and served 37 years as a pastoral secretary and office manager at the Newman Catholic Student Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University. Upon her retirement in 1994, Rita received a special papal blessing from Pope John Paul II for her many years of dedication to the Newman Catholic Student Center and its ministry to students. Rita’s dedication and service to others was matched only by her love for flower gardening.

Rita is survived by her five children, Robert (Donna), Charles (Marti), Edward, Judy (Mark) Schneider and David (Renee); 12 grandchildren, Rebecca, Julie, Elinor, Matthew, Laura, Josh, Channing, Abigail, Samuel, Madeline, Katherine and Alexandra; two sisters, Madeline Steimel and Eileen Heinisch; and two brothers, Charles and Donald Faivre.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; grandson, Michael; parents; two sisters, Lucile Walter and Mary Agnes Gavin; and two brothers, Joseph and Louis.

Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Newman Catholic Student Center – Christ the Teacher Parish, 512 Normal Road, DeKalb, with a Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m., with the Very Rev. Msgr. Robert Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or DeKalb County Nursing Home Foundation in Rita’s memory.

Arrangements are by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb; for information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.

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