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Marcia Leiss Brendel


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Marcia Leiss Brendel Obituary
Brendel, Marcia Leiss,

Our mother, Marcia, left this earth and joined our father, Jo, on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was 83 years old.

Marcia was born in Bridgeport, CT, on March 23, 1934; the daughter of Harriett Plumb Leiss and Frederick Joseph Leiss. She was the younger sister of Arthur Plumb Leiss, her beloved older brother.

She grew up in Fairfield, CT., graduating from Roger Ludlowe High School. Thereafter she studied at Centenary University, a junior college in Hackettstown, NJ. Marcia was delighted to attend dances and functions at the Naval Academy in Annapolis with Jo while they were courting. Soon after they married, she enjoyed numerous relocations around the country, as Jo was an officer in the Air Force. Her three children were born in sunny, warm locations; Marilyn Brooks (Terry) at Coco Beach, FL, Greg Brendel (Linda Mathes) at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, and Lisa Ewen in Honolulu, HI. Mom was particularly partial to the "aloha lifestyle'"; playing tennis, singing tiny bubbles (with Do Ho!), and eating tropical fruit grown in the yard.

She and Jo moved to Louisville in 1977, as he became Department Chair of Air Force ROTC at the University of Louisville. With Jo a professor, Marcia returned to school and graduated with a BA in 1982 from U of L.

Marcia was a member of the Women's Club of Louisville, the Louisville Boat Club, and a 40 year parishioner at St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She was a devoted volunteer for 20 years in the gift shop at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

In addition to being survived by her children, Marcia was a grandmother to five grandchildren; Kathryn Brooks, Christina Brooks Andrick, Matthew Brendel, Wilson Ewen, and Katie Ewen, who are currently scattered all over the globe.

We would like to thank the compassionate and tireless staff at Sally's Garden, Masonic Home, where she was loved like family. Visitation will be at 4:00 pm with Memorial Services to follow at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 22, 2017, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church located at 330 N Hubbards Lane.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Sally's Garden, Masonic Home, or Hosparus of Louisville.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 19, 2017
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