Rita (Fliess) Brown

Rita (Fliess) Brown, age 90, passed away August 28, 2021, in Olympia, Washington.  She was born July 16, 1931, to Thomas and Rose Fliess in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she lived until moving to Olympia in 2016.


Rita was a 1949 graduate of St. Catherine‚Äôs High School in Racine, Wisconsin. She married Louis Brown on April 28, 1951, in Kenosha. She was an Avon sales representative, and a Realtor at Stanich Realty, from 1975 until she retired.


She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be remembered as dedicated and hardworking. She enjoyed cooking, baking, bowling, playing BINGO and watching Packers football.  She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Wisconsin, and St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia.


Rita is survived by her daughters, Diane Steinbrecher of Rochester, Washington, and Luann Brown of Chicago, Illinois; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Thomas Fliess of Kenosha.  Preceding her in death are her husband; parents; brothers, Charles Fliess and Robert Fliess; and sister, Helen Tunkieicz.


Washington services will be held September 16, 2021, 11:15 a.m.rosary followed by 12:00 noon mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1208 11th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Wisconsin services will be on November 19, 2021, 8:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2020 91st St., Kenosha, WI 53143.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3443, or online at crs.org.


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