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Gloria 'Jean' Brownell

WATERSMEET, Mich. - Gloria "Jean" Brownell, 94, of Watersmeet, passed away on Sept. 7, 2022, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls.

Jean was born Jan. 4, 1928, in the Rogers area of Iron River to the late Cecilia (Fraser) and Joseph Blatnik. After graduating Iron River High School in 1946, she moved to Chicago to work.

In 1951, Jean married Ralph "Pat" Brownell and they made their home in Watersmeet. They were married 59 years before Pat's death in 2010. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, tending to her large yard, and drinking a good cup of coffee with family and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph "Pat" Brownell; and beloved sisters, Nancy Hacker Gneiser and Joanna Gregorski.

She is survived by daughters, Diane Hartwick (Roy) of Ewen, and Kelly Pulaski (Donnie) of Beaufort, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Joseph and Christina; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Fran Blatnik; brothers-in-law, Walter Gregorski and Neil Gneiser; nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Private family services will be held.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Gloria "Jean" Brownell online at

Funeral arrangements are by the Jacobs Funeral Home Inc. of Iron River.

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