Katherine Brown

Katherine Suzanne "Sue" Brown (Rehnen)

Monday, April 29th, 1929 - Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
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Katherine Suzanne “Sue” (Rehnen) Brown, 90, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Born April 29, 1929, in Fort Wayne, Sue was the daughter of Parnell S. and Katherine L. (Wolf) Rehnen. Sue began dancing at an early age, studying with Mary Louise Truelove. The two eventually became lifelong friends. Sue graduated second in her class from Central Catholic High School in 1947. She then received a full scholarship to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She graduated in 1951 with a degree in education. Back in sophomore year of high school, Sue had met a hunky sax player who lived on the next street over. His name was Dick Brown. The two married in June of 1951 and welcomed their honeymoon baby, Richard Jr., nine months later. Daughters Mandy, Angel, and Amy soon followed. Sue deserved a badge of courage for actually delivering Angel herself in the backseat of a car while on the way to the hospital. Sue's teaching career got into full swing in the early 1970s. She eventually spent over twenty years teaching Latin and English at Bishop Dwenger High School. Both Sue and Dick retired in 1992. Sue then returned to her first love - dancing. She became a stalwart member of Mary Louise Truelove's dance troupe, The Alley Kats. The Kats performed all around northeast Indiana and considered themselves a “mature” version of The Rockettes. Sue retired from the Kats after twenty years and began devoting more time to another lifelong love – jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles were a solace to her after she lost Dick in November of 2018. Sue was lively and alert right up to the end. She spent her final moments surrounded by many members of her loving family. It was obvious to all that she was at peace and satisfied that hers had been a life well-lived. Sue is survived by her children, Richard “Rick” (Kay) Brown, Mandy (Terry) O'Connor, Angel (Rick) Menestrina and Amy (Shawn) Gerhardstein, eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Bernice Rehnen. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 am, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Calling also at FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Entombment in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The family would like to extend thanks to both the staff and residents of Park Place Assisted Living for making Sue, in her final years, feel right at home. They would also like to thank the staff at Fairhaven Funeral Home for their continuing kindness, attentiveness, and professionalism.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 10:00am
    Queen of Angels Catholic Church
    1500 W. State Blvd.
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
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  • Interment

    Catholic Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Julie Davies

Posted at 10:29am
What a lovely obit, I didn't know your Mom was a dancer! It must be why Jennifer & I spent all those Saturdays in Mary Louise's basement! So sorry that you've lost your Mom. My memories are many: that long clothesline with the wooden pegs and how neat your house always was. How she had time!?! Just amazing. She's in God's kick line now, with your Dad blowing his horn. Love from your backyard neighbor...Julie (Hanselmann)

Rick Brown Posted at 01:50pm

Thanks for the memories, Julie. Our neighborhood really was a great place to grow up. And we were fortunate to have a wonderful group of parents keeping an eye on us. - Rick

Ed, Millie, Ethan & Jonah Fisk

Posted at 08:25pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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