Jeanette Brick passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, October 6th, in the slanting light of a warm autumn evening with family at her side.
She was born the middle child of Ralph and Isabel Hartman in Minneapolis, MN in 1931. Jeanette worked at her aunt’s millinery shop in Minneapolis and attended Roosevelt High School. She worked to put herself through college at the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in nursing.
While at the university, she met a young law student, and she and Philip Brick were married in 1955. They enjoyed 62 years together. She worked for a time as a nurse, but as her family grew and as her husband’s career led them to move every few years, she focused on raising her children. The family lived in Minnesota, Venezuela, on East and West coasts and several places in between. Phil and Jeanette moved to Missoula to be close to family.
She enjoyed tennis, interior decoration, and her cocker spaniels. She was an adventurous family cook, and a talented seamstress, sewing dresses for her daughters and costumes for her youngest daughter and a local theater company. When her children were mostly grown, she returned to school, earning a master’s degree in social work. She used her degree to help Hmong immigrants settle into the community in Duluth, MN.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Eugene Hartman, and sister, Patricia Sievers. She is survived by her husband, Philip, children Christine (Steve Sheriff), Philip Jr., Peter (Irene), and Katherine (Charles Backman), and grandchildren Louise Brick, Jackie Brick, and Lucy, Vera, and Mabel Backman. She is forever in our hearts.