Browne of Chesterton, IN, and formerly of Gary, IN, passed away on
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at the age of 93 in Chicago, IL.
She was born on May
20, 1926, in Gary, Indiana, where she resided for 83 years. She is survived
by her loving children, daughters Tamara Lyn Browne of Washington, D.C.,
Marsha Elise Browne (Robert S. Martino, Jr.) of Chesterton, IN and son
Thomas R. Browne (Jennifer L. Ogiego) and her granddaughters, Kaitlin
Elisabeth and Sarah Catherine Browne, of Mt. Pleasant, SC. She was a loving
Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in
death by her husband Robert E. Browne, parents Stanko and Marija (Dejanovic)
Kopac, brothers John (Mona) Kopach, George (Virginia) Kopack, Edward (Anne)
Kopack, Emil (Shirley) Kopack, Daniel Kopack and Donald (Marleen) Kopach,
and sisters Mildred (Louis) Churilla and Dorothy (John) Sayka.
Marianne was raised
in Gary and attended Froebel High School. Over her lifetime she lived in the
Tolleston, Miller and Glen Park neighborhoods. She worked at the Gary YWCA
and K of C Hall and fondly recalled these days as some of the best in her
life. As a homemaker she took great pride in her children and participated
in many school activities including Franklin School PTA, Girl Scouts, East
Glen Park Little League and was an advocate for her children throughout her
life. She was proud to support education and the arts which included her
volunteer work at Hammond High School, Paul H. Douglas Center for
Environmental Education, Porter County Parks and South Shore Center for the
Arts. She was a long-time member of the Hobart Family YMCA and was an avid
exercise enthusiast. She had a flair for fashion and loved being glamorous.
She loved all genres of music, enjoyed cooking, reading, sharing recipes,
travel and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed
celebrating holidays and special occasions. As a member of the greatest
generation, she witnessed some of America's greatest and most horrific
moments in history, from The Great Depression to todays' pandemic, while
loving the country that she lived in with true patriotism. Marianne
cherished the environment and enjoyed her frequent visits to the Indiana
Dunes. Her most memorable trips were to California, Georgia, South Carolina
and Washington, D.C, but she felt most at home along Indiana's Lake Michigan
shoreline and the City of Chicago - her favorite city. She always looked
forward to a future adventure. She shared in her family's love of sports and
looked forward to each new season of White Sox games, college basketball and
football. She was also proud of her Serbian heritage especially listening to
tamburitza music and attending annual picnics.
One of the
highlights in her life was the birth of her granddaughters whom she loved
and cherished. They were her shining lights of life, often sharing her great
pride with their accomplishments to family and friends, and encouraging them
to remain strong and independent young women.
Her abundant love
and support for her family and friends resonated in her ability to share her
life experiences with so many. She was an inspiration and loved by so many
and indeed the world was a better place with her in it. Marianne will be
truly missed by her family, friends and community. We are comforted to know
that the love and generosity she shared with others will continue for years
A private funeral
service will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., at
Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN, with V. Rev. Aleksandar
Novakovic of the St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral officiating.
Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN.
gathering will be held on a future date to be determined when social
restrictions are eased. The family requests that any expressions of sympathy
or remembrances in Marianne's name be made as a contribution to Save the