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Caryl Brown Obituary (2022) – Naperville, IL

Caryl M. Brown, 92, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2022. The 50-year-old resident of Naperville, IL. died at her home surrounded by her loving family just days before her 93rd birthday. Caryl was born on January 27, 1929 in Chicago. She was the eldest of 3 children. In her youth she studied acting for 12 years at the Calumet Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art in Chicago and later taught there for several years as a faculty member. After graduating from Fenger High School in 1947, she traveled throughout Europe, including England and France. Caryl met Dave, her husband, when she was 22 at a square dance. They married just before Dave was enlisted in the army during the Korean War. While Caryl lived with her grandmother in Chicago, Dave would hitchhike to and from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he was stationed, so they could spend time together. They remained married and raised four children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren for 65 years until Dave’s passing in 2016. In her younger years, Caryl worked at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall as a typist for United Airlines at Midway Airport. in the cafeteria at Naperville Central High School while her children attended school; and as a typesetter for the Naperville Sun newspaper. Caryl’s interests included quilting, knitting, cooking, poetry, music, garage sales, gardening, acting classes and taking care of her family. But being a mother was her greatest joy and greatest pride. In addition to serving as a Girl Scout and Girl Scout, she was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth organization, and the Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville. Caryl is remembered for her positivity (“the glass is half full” or “honey gets more bees than vinegar,” she would say), smile, kindness, sweetness, frugality, and generosity. She would always say “ring three times when you come home” and introduced herself as “this is your mom” when calling her kids. She remained a good friend with her friends from south Chicago, aka “Coffee Clutch”, who later became known as the “Golden Girls” for over 60 years. Caryl is survived by her children Scott D. Brown, Todd M. (Donna) Brown, Keith A. (Linda) Brown and Heather J. (Thomas) Weiss; her sister, Kimberly A. (Paul) Russo; her grandsons, Blake R. Steckel, Trevor A. Brown, and Colleen M. (Joel) Pepin; Great-grandchildren, Emilia, Nora and Jack Pepin. Her parents, Maurice A. and Nina L. Young (née Gordon), preceded her in death; her husband David Alexander Brown; her brother Gerald R. Young; and her grandson Trent D. Steckel. The burial service will be held Thursday (January 27) at 1:00 p.m. in Naperville Cemetery, 705 S. Washington St., Naperville, 60540, on the west side of the cemetery near the Veterans Memorial. Donations to Knox Presbyterian Church are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home & Crematorium. Info 630-355-0264. www.beidelmankunschfh.com

Published by Naperville Sun on January 23, 2022.

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