Mae Brazeau, lifelong Escanaba resident, passed away peacefully Sunday night with her family at her side. Mae was born on May 27th, 1924 in Escanaba to her parents George and Alma Peterson. She was actively involved in the Escanaba community throughout her life. As an accomplished violinist, she proudly served as concertmaster of the Bay de Noc Symphony Orchestra, Escanaba String Ensemble and the pit orchestras for Players de Noc and Escanaba High School musical productions. She loved classical music and enjoyed attending concerts, opera and especially loved the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mae and her late husband August Brazeau enjoyed spending time together with their family and friends at their beach house on Lake Michigan where Mae loved hosting parties for her friends, family and classmates.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Brazeau and his wife, Kim of Ford River, her granddaughter Natalie Brazeau and her fiance Stephen Maples of Davis, CA, her step granddaughter KC Brazeau-Bratt and her husband, Alex Bratt of Los Angeles, CA, and her step grandson, Colin Brazeau of San Francisco, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband August Brazeau in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her parents George and Alma Peterson and her brother Edmund Peterson and his wife Ruth. She is also survived by Edmund’s children Nancy Peterson and James Peterson and wife Coleen of Escanaba.
A private funeral service for the immediate family will be held at Gardens of Rest Memorial Park with entombment to follow in the mausoleum next to her beloved husband August.
A celebration of her life will be held at her home on Wednesday, October 17 at 3 pm. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Escanaba High School Orchestra Program in lieu of flowers.