February 1, 1920 ~ December 8, 2006
Helen Mary [Tschirhart] Brown
February 1, 1920 - December 7, 2006
At the age of 86, Helen passed away in her sleep on December 7, 2006 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Helen was born on February 1, 1920 in Alberta, Canada to Robert and Mary Tschirhart. She is survived by her eight brothers and sisters, and her children, Ruth Johnson, Alice Haga, and Craig Brown. She was the proud grandma to Erik, Sandra, Marion, and Clare, and great-grandmother to Charles and Gregory. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Charles. She was a long time resident of Manhattan Beach, California.
Helen grew up in Michigan and graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit as a Registered Nurse. In her last year of Nursing School she met and married Scott Brown. Helen held many positions in her nursing career but found her passion as School Nurse. After raising 4 children, Helen went back to school earning her Bachelor's degree at Long Beach State, and her Master's degree in Public Health at UCLA. Helen finished her work career at the Orange County Department of Education as the Coordinator of School Health, working with the school nurses of the Orange County School District.
After retiring, Helen volunteered for many health organizations, including giving many AIDS workshops in the 1980's when the health community was learning about this new disease. She worked tirelessly for Alpha Tau Delta and Pi Lambda Theta. Helen traveled broadly in her retirement, including trips to Europe to participate in meetings of the U.S. Committee for School Nurses International. Helen was a long time member of MENSA.
Helen will be remembered by family and friends as a strong, resourceful woman who battled against and helped pull down some of the barriers to women as managers in the work place. She went through life with a positive, non-judgmental attitude and a dry sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
A funeral mass will be held at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach on Friday, December 15 at 11:00 am.F
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