Irma Helenia Brown

July 20, 1927 ‒ January 07, 2017

Lakeview, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Irma Helenia Brown, age 89 of Lakeview, formerly of Marion, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Irma was born on July 20, 1927 in Adlitz – Erlangen Germany, the daughter of George and Lena Henneberger. During the Korean War, Irma met and fell in love with a US soldier, Robert Martin Brown. They were later married and moved to Marion on November 15, 1955 where they made their home.

Irma, in addition to being a devoted homemaker, was a wonderful cook. She worked for various restaurants and organizations throughout her many years. Most recently, she was working twice a week as a volunteer at Daily Bread of Indian Lake Soup Kitchen, providing meals to those in need. When in Marion, she was a member of St. Mary Church and was an active volunteer there as well.

She is survived by her 3 sons, the loves of her life: Chris (Theresa), Eric (Peggy) and Paul (Leslie Taylor) Brown; grandchildren: Christopher M., Joseph (Sandy), Jennifer and Steven Brown, Shane (Deb) Dailey and Shanell (Eric) Jones.

Irma is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert M. Brown; children: Robert E. and George Brown; and her brother Emil Henneberger.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St. Marion, from 10:30AM to 12:30PM; Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Mary Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion 1PM with Fr. Ryan Schmit officiating; Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to Daily Bread Of Indian Lake Ohio Inc., 6763 County Road 39, Huntsville, OH 43324

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the family and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • Mrs. Brown was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her love of life and her family and friends was unquestionably the source of her faith and strength.
    As one who knew her as a friend and neighbor to her son Chris, she always made me feel special and our conversation’s will be forever cherished.
    To her family I send my love and prayers and I feel blessed to have known this great lady.
    G. L. Williamson

  • Irma was a great friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.We had many great times, going to CAP.D in Lima for fish dinner and a ride. She was a great cook and always shared cookies and nut bread when she baked. she also shred her time and talent with all who knew her. My prayers to her family

  • Irma was such a wonderful lady. I knew her when I was friends with her son Bob, before he passed. I remember her chocolate covered cherries! RIP. Love, peace and comfort to her family.

  • I worked with Irma at the Blackhawk Restaurant years ago. We became very good friends. She was such a joy to work with, she was a hard worker and she taught me a few things in the kitchen. So sorry I can’t make it to Marion but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Irma will be greatly missed by many. Condolences to the family.

  • We are so sorry for your loss and your family is in our prayers! We know that these are tough times and it is one day at a time and trust in the Lord! If any of the family needs to talk we are here for you and you should be able to find us. God bless all of your family! Ronald Barnes and Kathy (Ballentine) Patten

  • Irma worked for us at Daily Bread of Indian Lake for many years. She enjoyed working with everyone and shared her knowledge of Germany. She will be greatly missed by all volunteers from the serving churches and all the diners.