Arlene Brazie

Arlene E. Brazie

1923 – 2011

Arlene Elizabeth Brazie, a resident of Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington, passed away peacefully at her home on February 4, 2011 at the age of 87. Arlene was born August 23, 1923 in Petersburg, Nebraska and was raised in central Nebraska, graduating from Elgin High School at the age of 16.

She took additional courses at the University of Maryland. She was an associate real estate broker and was an officer in both the National and the Lincoln Association of Homebuilders Auxiliary for many years.

Arlene was the eldest of eleven children born to the late John Valentine Krause and Rose Cecelia (Ramaekers) Krause.

She wed her beloved husband of over 68 years, Charles Leonard Brazie, on  May 24, 1942, in Odessa, TX.  Arlene will forever be remembered by her husband and her beloved children:  Charles Lee of Washington, D. C.; Nancy and Douglas Kuhnel of Ames, IA; Tommy and Sherry  of Huntsville, AL; Michael of Alexandria, VA;  Elizabeth and Jim Lundy of Corvallis, OR; and Mary and Mark Wiese of Silverdale, WA, as well as treasured grandchildren:  Charles Portes, Elizabeth Portes Murillo and Andrea Portes Storm;  Robert Kuhnel and Nanci Kettler; Jennifer Bailey and Marc, Jonathan, Kimberly,  Christina, and Tommy Brazie;  Andrea Welch and Brandon Davis; Jessica and Nicole Brazie; Nathan and Amanda Lundy; and Aaron Wiese and Laura Wiese Sharp;  along with many Great Grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed by her loving sisters and brother in law: Donna Foster and Dolores Johnson of Kearney, NE; Veronica and Hylan Levos of Columbus, NE; and Florence Brazie Parker of Kerrville, TX; and by her devoted brothers and their spouses:  John Krause of Norfolk, NE;  Carrol and Joan Krause of Rapid City, SD; Lawrence and Marie Krause of Springfield, MO; and Gerald and Margaret Krause of Ralston, NE.  She will also be missed by countless other friends and family who were blessed to know her.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Barbara Leigh, as well as her sister Marjorie Wirges Umhauer and her brothers Robert and Myron.

Arlene was a “greatest generation” military spouse who raised a son alone during WWII.

She loved playing bridge and golfing, studying art and painting, listening to music, laughing, being with family or friends, and traveling.  She was President of the Officer’s Wives Club at Clark AFB in the Philippine Islands, where she was the Ladies Golf Champion.

Arlene touched the lives of many people with her smile and giving nature as well as her determination, and maintained her trademark sense of humor to the end.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial Mass on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 11am at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington.

Visitation will be held at The Stone Chapel Poulsbo Mortuary, 22272 Foss Rd NE, Poulsbo, on Wed, Feb 9 and Thurs, Feb 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

The family requests  donations be sent to The American Cancer Society or The Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit Arlene’s online memorial and sign the guest book at