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Brigid Ann (Scanlan) EIYNCK


1951 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Brigid Ann (Scanlan) EIYNCK Obituary
(8/2/51-8/23/18), Age 67, of Saint Paul and Lakeshore, died comfortably at home in Saint Paul surrounded by her loving Family after succumbing to complications of Myelofibrosis. She attended Visitation Convent, Our Lady of Peace and Loretta Heights College in Colorado. Brigid married Dennis Jerome Eiynck in 1971. After having met at the Blazer in Nisswa, MN in 1966, they embarked on a wonderful journey of adventure, friendship and love. Brigid was preceded in death by her Father, Dennis R. Scanlan, Jr., her Mother, Peggy Ann (Conway) Scanlan, and her Brother Nicholas Patrick Scanlan. She is survived by her husband Dennis, her two children, Moira and Justin (Tabitha), her four grandchildren, Alex, Kayla, and Veda Bowlin and Zoe Wakefield, one great grandchild, Carter Michael Bowlin, her brothers and sisters, Denny (Caron), Tim (Mary), Joe (Kim), Kate, Brian (Betty), Jimmy, Maggie and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Brigid was warm, caring, generous, humorous, intelligent, lively, energetic, loving and loved by everyone. Her love of travel, literature and nature was fueled by her love of beauty in all forms. Brigid's battle with Myelofibrosis was private and courageous … and she never let it shadow her lifelong passion to live life to its fullest and help everyone in need. She was a visionary, fierce and dedicated to her work at the Family Company Scanlan International which she joined in 1976. For over 42 years she worked hand-in-hand with industry leading Surgeons and OR professionals around the world to design and develop the highest quality, precision instrumentation for life saving surgical procedures. Brigid managed the Manufacturing of these instruments and worked closely with several instrument artisans to ensure each handmade instrument was a statement of perfection. She also loved supporting hundreds of Surgeons who were performing compassion surgery around the globe … where life saving surgeries were not an option. Donations of surgical instrumentation to these groups allowed everything from heart surgeries to reconstructive surgeries - helping countless adults and children lead happy, normal lives. She also supported Surgeon & Nurse organizations through programs & scholarships to further education and help young medical students achieve their dreams. Her lifetime of love for helping others was apparent at every surgical meeting she attended. Every Surgeon and every Nurse knew and loved Brigid. She proudly represented her Grandfather's dream that began in 1921 … to make the "Highest Quality Surgical Products" and was dedicated to teaching that passion to everyone she worked with. Although Brigid has left us, her amazing spirit, zest for life, perpetual energy and amazing smile will live with us forever. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 29 at the Church of St. Thomas More, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 PM Tuesday at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Memorials may be directed to The Thoracic Surgery Foundation and the Carolyn E. Reed Travelling Fellowship, which Brigid helped to develop through a partnership between Women in Thoracic Surgery and Scanlan International.
Published in Pioneer Press on Aug. 26, 2018
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