Marjorie DeBrosse

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — Marjorie Wagner DeBrosse, 87, died peacefully Jan. 14, 2015, at the Converse Home in Burlington, Vermont.

She was born June 18, 1927, in Sidney and lived there until she attended college at Miami University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, June 1950. Upon graduation, she married Kenneth L. DeBrosse of Russia, and they relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she worked for General Electric as an engineering assistant in the Ballast/Transformer Engineering Departments. In 1958, she took time off from her career to stay at home to raise three children and was active in various organizations, including serving as PTA president and treasurer in grade and middle school and 4-H club leader. In 1977, she began a second career as a reinsurance pricing specialist at the home office of Lincoln National Life Insurance in Fort Wayne and retired in 1987.

She and Kenneth and were avid outdoorsmen and enjoyed camping, canoeing, water skiing, fishing and swimming. She was an active member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Charlotte, Vermont.

Surviving are her three children: son, David DeBrosse, of Northern Indiana; daughter, Katharine (Robert) Nees, of Richardson, Texas; son, John (Suzanne) DeBrosse, of Colchester, Vermont; 13 nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, John (Marjorie) Wagner, of Peoria, Illinois; brother, Quintin (Donna) DeBrosse, of Cincinnati; sister-in-law, Betty DeBrosse of Thee Rivers, Texas. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Catherine Wagner, and brother, Thomas Wagner; father, Hugh Wagner; and sister, Virginia Ogren.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior.

Visitation will also be at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. Cemetery services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney.

Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. To sign the online guest book, go to

Published in Sidney Daily News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2015