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Margot H. Brauer

Margot H. Brauer, 93, a longtime resident of Ottawa Hills, Ohio died peacefully on May 10, 2017.

She was born in Rochester, New York, the middle child of Robert J. and Madeleine (Stiefel) Heilbrunn. She was a graduate of Harley Country Day School. Her nickname as a child was "Go-Go" which captured well her energy, high level of activity, sense of humor and fun.

Margot was a graduate of the University of Rochester (1940 -1944) and served as president of her graduating class at the Women's College. After graduation, Margot worked on the Manhattan Project in Rochester, N.Y.

Margot then attended the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy and graduated as a Registered Occupational Therapist (O.T.) in 1946. She then worked at Fort Devens in Massachusetts with both physically and emotionally wounded service personnel of World War II. After that she moved to Charlottesville where she was appointed Director of Occupation Therapy at the University of Virginia Hospital (1946 – 1950). She returned to Rochester and worked as an O.T. at Strong Memorial Hospital, Department of Psychiatry (1950 – 1952).

In 1952 after meeting on a blind date, she married the love of her life, Calvin Kinley Brauer at her family's home on Highland Ave. In 1953, they moved to Toledo. They have been married for more than 64 years and were deeply devoted to each other.

Margot continued to work and volunteer in Toledo. Until 1960, she worked as an O.T. at the Frilbach School for the Aged in Monroe, MI and then at the Medical College of Ohio. She volunteered for many years at The Toledo Museum of Art as a Museum Aide, Chairman of Library Committee, and President of the Docents. She was an active member of The Alliance Française, served on the Boards at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Florence Crittenton Home, Goodwill, Alliance Française and the Toledo Museum of Art.

She loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing tennis, bicycling and walking. She was a member of the Toledo Club, the Toledo Country Club, the Toledo Tennis Club and Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. Margot was a travel enthusiast and planned many wonderful trips for her family. She was an avid reader and especially loved poetry and passed along that appreciation to her children. Her family and many friends enjoyed her pleasure in cooking and entertaining and she always maintained an irreverent and delightful sense of humor that was enjoyed by many.

Margot is survived by her loving husband, Calvin; and their three children, Deborah Brauer of Wilmette, IL and her two children, Madeleine and James Burton, Nancy and her husband, Ted Disabato of Flossmoor, IL and their three children, Catherine, Michael and Anne, Robert and Wendy (Jones) Brauer of Westlake Village, CA, and their daughter, Rachel. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and was predeceased by her sister, Louise Van Heyst and brother, Robert Heilbrunn.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful and loving care Margot received from the staff at The Grove at Oakleaf Village.

Funeral and Services are private. Any gifts in Margot's memory can made to the Toledo Museum of Art and/or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in Toledo Blade from May 12 to May 14, 2017
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