Brady, Amy Topic
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Amy Topic Brady, 95, a lifelong resident of Manitowoc, died peacefully at her home on Friday morning, Dec. 21.
Amy was born on July 24, 1917, at the Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc, the daughter of Hattie (Vits) and Joseph Topic. The family lived in St. Louis from 1921 to 1924, and then settled in Manitowoc. Amy attended Manitowoc schools, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1935. She went on to the National College of Education (now National Louis University) in Evanston, Ill., graduating in 1939. After college, she taught elementary school in Port Washington and Milwaukee County for four years.
On June 28, 1944, Amy married First Lieutenant Charles Peter Brady of Manitowoc at the First Presbyterian Church. Following his medical discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, Mr. Brady joined the Hougen, Brady and Murphy law firm, and the couple settled in Manitowoc. There they raised four children and were both involved in community affairs.
Amy was active in the First Presbyterian Church. Following in her mother's footsteps, she served the church officially and unofficially throughout her life, including in a number of leadership roles. She was the church's first female elder in the 1960s, and enjoyed serving as the "antique," as she put it, on the church's Sesquicentennial Committee in 2001. She prepared and delivered a memorable presentation on the church through the years at the 150th anniversary celebration on May 27, 2001.
A member of Chapter J of the P.E.O. sisterhood since 1947, Amy hosted numerous luncheon meetings in her home. As the longest-standing member of the Chapter, she was looked to as the group's unofficial historian, and was honored at a special celebration of her 60th anniversary in 2007.
Amy was a voracious reader, and had been a member of the Clio Club since 1946. She was also active in the Junior Service League of Manitowoc County for more than 50 years, and a supporter of the Manitowoc Public Library, the Manitowoc Historical Society and the Domestic Violence Center.
Since 1953, Amy enjoyed summers with her family at their cottage in Three Lakes, WI. There she participated in Three Lakes Women's Club activities and had a wide circle of friends of all ages.
Amy is remembered by her family and many friends as an elegant woman with a keen mind and delightful sense of humor who was unfailingly kind and generous. Besides raising four children, she developed many talents over the years, including water-color painting, knitting and gardening. She enjoyed a game of bridge, playing regularly into her 90s. An excellent cook and hostess, she enjoyed entertaining. Amy was always interested in others; a good listener and great conversationalist, she relished social gatherings.
Family members remember Amy as the magnet that held them all together over the years. They credit her gentle strength, her ecumenical spirit and her love of life for the treasure trove of happy memories each has and for the sheer fun they have always had at eagerly anticipated family gatherings.
Amy was predeceased by her sister, Edith, who died in 1924 at age 9; her parents; and her husband, Charles, who died in 1978.
She is survived by her four children, Susan (and her husband, Ramtanu) Maitra of Leesburg, Va.; Mary (and her husband, Paul) Goldstein of Leesburg, Va.; Charles (and his wife, Elizabeth) Brady of Lake Elmo, Minn.; and Barbara (and her husband, Elliot) Eisenberg of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren, Sabita and Ranjan Maitra; Michael and Daniel Goldstein; Peter Brady; and Ezra, Lisa and Ruthie Eisenberg; one great-grandchild, Zev Eisenberg; and three nieces, Sally (Murphy) Morris, Anne (Murphy) West, and Catherine (Murphy) Hoag.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 28, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 502 N. 8th St. Manitowoc. The Rev. Dr. Matthew L. Sauer will officiate with burial to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. The Jens Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Brady family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Amy's name may be sent to the Domestic Violence Center, 300 East Reed Ave., Manitowoc WI 54220.
Amy's family gives special thanks to the compassionate caregivers (whom Amy referred to as her "angels") and devoted friends who made it possible for her to remain at home until the end, as was her wish.
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Dec. 24, 2012
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