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Brenda L. Marx, 76 of Juneau, AK, formerly of Waynesburg, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at the home of her daughter, Gretchen Marx-Good.
She was born April 4, 1941 in Jefferson, a daughter of the late Clyde and Mintie G. Dickey Guesman.
Brenda was a graduate of Jefferson High School and a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) in Juneau, AK.
She was her husband's veterinarian assistant in Waynesburg and in Juneau, AK all of her life.
On July 29, 1966 she married, Dr. Elmer E. Marx Jr., and they renewed their wedding vows on November 22, 2005. Dr. Marx died on April 8, 2006 in Juneau, AK.
Brenda, I once recall, butchered a pig with a chainsaw in our kitchen. I think some of the best advice she ever gave me was to never butcher a pig with a chainsaw in your own kitchen. She had a style and way of living all her own. She would often say, "I was born 100 years late". She had a vibrant intellect, an enduring will, and loads of character. Lord, did she have character. She was a woman of passion and integrity.
Brenda built fences, a bridge or two, pulled lambs, sailed boats, attended plays, and probably vaccinated ten thousand cats and dogs against rabies. She was every bit a veterinarian and such a mighty, almost-five-foot-tall, woman. She birthed seven children, and was the mother to many more-and she was so kind, and so generous. Brenda loved Alaska, and she infected others with the obsession, bringing scores of people to Juneau, where many of them helped to build the gingerbread house that she and her husband, Dr. Elmer Marx, would call their home for nearly thirty years. She lived most of her life between Greene County, Pennsylvania (1941-1998), and Juneau, Alaska. Many of us will remember that green Dodge truck driving from one end of the country to the other, summer after summer. And we will miss her picnics by the river and by the sea.
She is survived her sister, Linda Hoffman of Ankeny, IA; sons Michael Marx of San Diego, CA, Christopher (Susan) Marx of Dallas, TX, Karl (Lisa) Marx of Juneau, AK, Harry Marx of Lynnwood, WA, Klaus (Lynn) Marx of East Wenatchee, WA, Elmer (Nadine) Marx of Juneau, AK, Gus (Leone) Marx of Juneau, AK, and Hans (Marie) Marx of Juneau, AK; daughters Susan (Edward) Kroupa of Raleigh, NC, Katherine (David) West of Naperville, IL, and Gretchen (Tommy) Good of Waynesburg; 30 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was proceeded in death by a son, Kurt.
The family wants to extend a special thank you to Gretchen Good, Brenda's daughter, for her dedication to our mom this past year.
Family and friends will be received from 3 to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in the Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. A Memorial service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with John Kolb officiating. Condolences may be expressed online at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.