Barbara's Story

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Barbara L. Brief, age 78, died unexpectedly on Oct. 31, 2017 in Brighton. Barb was born Oct. 6, 1939 in Traverse City, the daughter of Alfred and Cecilia (Long) Largent.
She worked in the insurance business for many years, however, her focus was being the best wife, mom and grandmother.
Barb was preceded in death by three brothers, Alfred Jr., James and Thomas Largent.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Jerry Brief; two children, Brad (Patricia) Brief and Shannon (Jerry) Czaja; four grandchildren, Sydney and Bryce Brief and Nolan and Ethan Czaja; three sisters, Theresa (Jerry) Kuhlman, Joan Thayer and Janet Blake; and many nieces and nephews.
Visit with family and friends while sharing food and refreshments on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo; (269) 375-2900. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m., at St. Catherine of Siena Church, followed by a luncheon in the church hall.
A memorial service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St., Traverse City, on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. Private interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City.
Please visit Barb's personal web page at www.BetzlerFuneralHome.com, where you can read her story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook before coming to the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education).
Published on November 5, 2017
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