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Sieglinde Anne Maria Brown

March 7, 1938 - September 7, 2021

Sieglinde Anne Maria Brown, affectionately known as Sigi, was one of five children.  She was born to Alfons Merkl and Maria Merkl Miller in Munich, Germany on March 7, 1938.  Sigi loved children and from 1954 to 1957 was given the opportunity to be an au pair (nanny) with a family in Switzerland.  Once she returned …read more

Sieglinde Anne Maria Brown, affectionately known as Sigi, was one of five children.  She was born to Alfons Merkl and Maria Merkl Miller in Munich, Germany on March 7, 1938.  Sigi loved children and from 1954 to 1957 was given the opportunity to be an au pair (nanny) with a family in Switzerland.  Once she returned back to Munich she met and married William Brown, who was in the Army.  Prior to their marriage, they went on their dates with German/English dictionary because Sigi spoke no English and William spoke no German.  When William did his two tours in Vietnam, Sigi would have her children join her in praying for him.  She would put lipstick on the girls and have them kiss the letters that she sent him.  Sigi remained good friends with William until the day God called him home.

 

Sigi was terrified to move to the United States so she hid their kids’ passports.  Her husband had favor with his commanding officers and was able to be stationed in Germany for seventeen years.  In 1975 Sigi’s husband and kids convinced her to move to the United States.  She ended up loving it and proudly became a U.S. citizen on October 13, 1987.  Her first and only job in the U.S. was working for Kmart.  She decided to work there because several of her German friends worked there and she thought it would be fun to work together!

 

Sigi loved gardening and had the best tomatoes in the neighborhood.  She loved people and loved dancing.  She had a passion for church and especially loved worship.  One of her favorite sayings was, “Der Himmil Vater macht alles richtig” (Our Heavenly Father will make everything alright).  Sigi also loved nature.  When she lived in Germany she often took her kids on walks in the woods or to the lake on weekends.  Her love for animals made life fun for her kids.  The family had cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigeons, parakeets, a McCaw, and a crow (just to name a few).  Another one of Sigi’s passions was playing cards.  She was hard to beat at Rummy even in her 80s!

 

Sigi was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.  Her memory will linger on in the hearts of her son:  Willi Brown (Tanya), her daughters:  Beatrice Brown, Ramona Brown (John), and Claudia Holmes; her grandkids:  Gary Stround, Johnny Brown (Savanna), Kimberly Brown (Collins), Oliver Johnson, Ramona Dorough (Grant), Gregory Dorough, Danyela Brown (Joe), Timothy Brown (Emery), William Brown (Emma), Ciera Holmes, and Joshua Holmes; her nephew:  Alfons Merkl (Marsella); nieces:  Gabriele Matheja (Carlos), Christa Micheli (Dieter); great nephew:  Peter Schneller (Ulli), Stefan Flieger (Heidi) and a host of great grandkids, relatives, and friends.

 

When Sigi was welcomed home at Heaven’s Gate on September 7, 2021, she was greeted by her parents:  Alfons Merkl and Maria Merkl Miller; stepfather:  Joseph Miller; brothers: Alfons Merkl, Heinz Merkl, and Richard Merkl; sister:  Anneliese Hattens-berger (Schorsch); nieces:  Gisela Tofahm, Heifi Reiffenstuel (Hansi); and granddaughter:  Michayela (Miki) Mays, Lashonda Brown, and by William Brown.

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Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm

Biggers Funeral Chapel

Address:

6100 Azle Ave.
Lake Worth, Texas 76135

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Dido Cemetery

Address:

12341 Morris Dido Newark Rd.
Tarrant County, Texas 76179

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