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Marlis Maria (Riebel) Brady

December 27, 1928 ~ July 13, 2017 (age 88)

Marlis Brady (nee Riebel) died on July 13, 2017 at age 88. Beloved wife of the late John Brady and Mother of Joann Brady, Diana (Jim) Whitney, Dorinda (Michael) Flannery and the late Barbara Kauffmann and the late John Jr. Dearest mother-in-law of Art Kaufmann and Shelley Brady.  Proud Oma of Shellie, Rebecca, Renae, Adrienne, Matt, Paul, Angela, Marc, Skip, Kevin, Matthew, Katie, Carrie and Great-Oma of 18 with another one on the way.

Marlis was born in Erbach, Germany in 1928. She immigrated to Canada at age 22 and married John Brady in Windsor in 1952, moving to the USA shortly afterwards. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mercy college, and her Master’s degree from Wayne State University. She taught German at Catholic Central High School from 1969 to 1976. She and her husband John co-owned the Old Shillelagh, an Irish bar in downtown Detroit, from 1975 until they retired in 1986. During this time, they were active members of the Just Right Club, which is based out of the Dakota Inn Rathskeller.

John and Marlis spent several years sailing up and down the eastern seaboard and over to the Bahamas, first in a small ship Galatea, and later in their catamaran Sophisticat. After they quit sailing, they traveled extensively around the country and to Europe.

Marlis is best known for her quick wit, her devotion to her large family, and her Catholic faith. 


Visitation Monday July 17th

Fred Wood Funeral Home-Rice Chapel

36100 Five Mile Rd. Livonia (E. of Levan)



A mass of the resurrection will be celebrated Tuesday July 18th

St. Thomas a'Beckett Catholic Church

555 S. Lilley Rd. Canton.

In-State 10:00am        Mass 10:30am


Memorial contributions may be made to

Angela Hospice Care Center

14100 Newburgh Rd. Livonia, MI 48154

 Service Information

July 17, 2017

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

July 18, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church
555 S. Lilley Rd
Canton, MI 48188

Funeral Mass
July 18, 2017

10:30 AM
St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church
555 S. Lilley Rd
Canton, MI 48188

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