Marian Edith Woertz Brawer CHARLOTTE - Marian Edith Woertz Brawer, 67, died peacefully in her home in Charlotte on Thursday, October 10, 2013, after a heroic battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, Walter Brawer, and children Benjamin Herman and Gila Herman and grandchildren Mabel Libby, Frances Libby, and Noah Swaney. Marian grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois with her three siblings, Joan, Shirley, and Ron, and parents, Edith and Byron Woertz. She moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Michigan where she started her family and obtained a Master's Degree in computer science from New York University. She later met her husband, Walter, the love of her life, while on a ski trip in Vermont. They eventually married and moved to Charlotte in 1994. Marian had a long and successful career working in computer systems management for the banking industry, including the Federal Reserve and Citibank, and worked as a project manager for Wells Fargo until 2011. An advocate for women's rights, Marian had a strong spirit and a unique ability to maintain a positive attitude even when faced with adversity. She used her own battle with cancer to help others by fundraising for breast cancer research and founding the Buddy Kemp metastatic breast cancer support group in 2008. Marian was a beloved member of Temple Beth El where she was active in community outreach as well as the choir. Her kindness and generosity of spirit will be missed by many. Services will be held at Temple Beth El on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM with a burial to follow at the Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions in Marion's memory be made to the Mazon Fund at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226 or the Buddy Kemp Caring House, 242 S. Colonial Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207. Arrangements in care of Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service; Please share condolences online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 12, 2013