Marian Louise Kinker Brems, 86, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 26 at her home in Boca Raton, Florida. Marian was born on June 1, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Elmer and Jeannette (Barron) Kinker. On July 15, 1950, Marian married the love of her life, John Henry Brems, who preceded her in death on their 51st wedding anniversary in 2001. Marian is survived by her six children: Kathleen Durbin (Patrick) of Beverly Hills, MI; John Brems, M.D. (Monica) of Mentor, OH; Barbara Flynn (Michael, deceased) of Plymouth, IN; Jerry Brems of Newark, OH; Laura Flynn (Patrick) of South Bend, IN; and William Brems, M.D. (Marybeth) of Kensington, MD; 23 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren with five more expected this year; a sister, Virginia Gessing; and her beloved first cousin Jack Barron. Marian attended Ursuline High School in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI in 1950. Marian spent her life nurturing her beloved children. Though stricken with Parkinson's disease nearly 20 years ago, she fought valiantly against her disease and found her greatest satisfaction in participating within the Parkinson's community in Boca Raton, FL. She generously gave of her time, energy and efforts to sharing her experiences and helping her friends battle the disease. Accordingly, she can best be honored by sending donations to the South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 880145, Boca Raton, FL 33488. A Memorial Mass will be held on July 11 in Washington DC where much of her family resides. Arrangements entrusted to Babione Funeral Home, Boca Raton FL.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 27, 2014