Marjorie Rose DeMaison Brinker, age 78 of Edinboro, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Punta Gorda, FL where she and her husband were visiting. Born October 8, 1932 in Frenchtown, Crawford County, she was one of four daughters of the late Walter and Blanche Echonoz DeMaison.
Marjorie grew up on a farm in Frenchtown and lived for a time in Meadville before her family moved to Franklin. While a student at Franklin High School, she met her future husband John E. Brinker, and after graduating, they were married April 26, 1952.
For all their married years together, Marjorie and John were partners in owning and operating several different businesses. After moving to Edinboro in 1959, they themselves built the Cloverleaf Motel and operated it from 1960 until their retirement in 2009. Over the years they also operated a general contracting business, the first garbage hauling business in Edinboro, and Brinker’s Mobil Gas Station.
Even though Marjorie often would not have enough hours in a day, she always made a wonderful home for her husband and six children. She was a talented seamstress, making clothing for her kids and even making wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and traveling and camping with her husband and family. Most of all, she enjoyed family gatherings when all the children and grandchildren were around.
As a member of the Edinboro community, Marjorie was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and active in the Altar Society, and for many years she was involved with Weight Watchers where she was able to encourage and help other women.
Marjorie was preceded in death by a son John E. Brinker Jr., a granddaughter Rochelle Brinker, and three sisters, Adelaid DeMaison, Gladys Prenatt, and Annabelle Price.
Family members that mourn her loss include her husband, John E. Brinker; five children: Roger Brinker and wife Annette of McKean, Michael Brinker and wife Debbie of Edinboro, Rose Marie Scouten and husband Bruce of McKean, Melinda Hockenberry and husband Scott of Venango, and Lisa Brinker-Cacchione and husband John of Edinboro; also 15 grandchildren: Christopher, Jamie, Megan, Chad, Keisha, Sommer, Sarah, Zachary, Grant, Louis, Tela, Alec, Makayla, Vincent, and Patrick; 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home of Edinboro, 306 Erie Street, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A prayer service will begin at the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Lake Church at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Fr. William Sutherland and Rev. Fr. John Jacquel. Interment will follow at St. Hippolyte Cemetery in Frenchtown.
Memorial donations may be made to Our of The Lake Catholic Church, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA 16412 or Crawford County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 273, Meadville, PA 16335.