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Douglas Gene Brady

WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Douglas Gene Brady, 54, of Wakefield, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, due to COVID-19, at U.P. Health System-Marquette, with his loving children at his side.

Douglas "Doug" was born on Dec. 14, 1966, at the Divine Infant Hospital in Wakefield, to Ida (Oinas) and Forrest Brady Sr. He graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School in 1986.

On Oct. 22, 1987, Doug married the love of his life, Kathie Sabec, in Bessemer. They bought a house in Bruce Crossing, and later relocated to Wakefield, to be closer to Kathie's mother. 

Doug previously worked at Nagel Lumber Mill, Upper Lakes Coal, Smily's Excavating, Tervita and Corullo Forest Products and was currently employed at the Gogebic County Road Commission.

Doug enjoyed working in his garage either on wood projects or just fixing things. He loved to spend time with his family and frequently would pop by just to say hello. He enjoyed spending time outdoors camping at Bond Falls, where he met his wife. Doug was well known for his amazing bear hugs, enormous heart, infectious laughter and his huge smile. He was happiest just being around the people he loved, he was always there when you needed him, and will be dearly missed by many.

At the time of Douglas' passing, he was survived by his loving wife, Kathie; his children, Douglas M. Brady, Ironwood, Anthony (Liberty) Brady, Bessemer, Angel (Andrew) Harvey, Wakefield, and Nessa Brady, Ironwood; along with numerous children who Doug and Kathie took under their wings; his siblings, Linda Esterline, Bruce Crossing, Lilly (Laverne) Buzzo, Felch, Jennifer (Thomas) Maki, Bruce Crossing, Lucille (Maurice) Shively, Watersmeet, Forrest (Carol) Brady, Ironwood, Gale (Curt) Sexton, Iron Mountain, Rose (Mark) Bruce, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Stella (Rockland) Belongie, Ewen, Patrick (Autumn) Brady, Ironwood, Gregory (Diane) Brady, David (Evelyn) Brady and Samuel (Amanda) Brady, all of Bruce Crossing, and Shera (Matthew) Siewicki, White Lake; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rose Mary; his brother-in-law, Norman Maki; his sister-in-law, Brenda Sabec; a nephew, Devin Suomumaki; his grandparents; and numerous aunts and uncles. Sadly, Doug's wife, Kathie, joined him in eternal life on Dec. 28, 2021.

A celebration of Douglas and Kathie's life will be held at Bond Falls at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to the family of Douglas and Kathie Brady, 532 E. Birch St., Ironwood MI 49938.

Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family with their arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at