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Colleen Brobeck

Colleen Marie Morrow Brobeck, 83, died after an extended illness on March 9,
2015, at Sterling House of Richmond.
   She was born on August 5, 1931 in Independence, Missouri to Harland R. and Martha B. Martin Morrow and had lived in the Richmond area since 1962.
   She graduated from La Porte High School in LaPorte, TX and was Salutatorian of her Senior class. Following High School she worked as a Secretary in the Pentagon and later for Taub Engineering in Washington, DC, prior to marrying her husband, William R. Brobeck, in Washington, DC, on January 22, 1955.
   She spent many years with her certified therapy dogs, Geben and Doozie, as a Volunteer at Reid Hospital in Richmond and at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN and continued to volunteer even after their passings. She was a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience
Instructors (NADOI), Therapy Dogs Incorporated (TDInc) and the Standard Schnauzer Club of America. She was a long-time member of the Whitewater Valley Dog Obedience Club and taught many classes for the Richmond community as Director of Training. In addition she actively showed her family dogs in obedience and earned numerous titles (AKC, UKC) on various breeds including a Saint Bernard, a Cocker Spaniel, a Miniature Schnauzer, and two Standard Schnauzers.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, James M. Morrow. She is survived by six children: Garren Brobeck, Laurie Jeans (H. Daniel), Teresa Brobeck, Michael Brobeck (Nancy), Patrick Brobeck (Whitney), and Matthew Brobeck (Karen). She is also survived by her brother, Robert E. Morrow, of Clearwater, FL; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
   A prayer service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Smith & McQuiston
Funeral Home in Fountain City. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015
at the funeral home.
   The Brobeck family is very thankful for the care and support provided by the staff with Premiere Hospice and the staff at Sterling House of Richmond. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
   Condolences may be expressed online at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com .

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All at the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors were saddened to hear of Colleen's passing.  She was a long-time and valued member, and carried our certification as an expert in dog obedience instruction.  We remember her for the service she gave our organization over the years, and for her presence at our Annual Gatherings, where she loved to talk to members and guests alike, and promote trained dogs, obedience, and NADOI membership.  NADOI members will miss you, Colleen!

Helen Cariotis Mar 30 2015 12:00 AM

Mike, we are sorry for the loss of your mother.  Extending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and praying that your faith will give your family strength in this sad time.  Pete and Sandy

Pete and Sandy Atkins Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

Matt Im so very sorry for your loss. I know its a tough time for you right now, but hang in there. Id like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. Im thinking about you. Please dont hesitate to call, text or email, whatever it may be, Im here for you.  Sending you lots of hugs! - Anntricia

Anntricia Khury-Morejon Mar 13 2015 12:00 AM

To Colleen's family,

Our condolences to all of you.  Our thanks to Colleen for sharing herself and her special dogs with our organization and all of those who needed those smiles and joy.  We were very blessed to have had them out there representing TDInc.

Billie Smith, Executive Director, Therapy Dogs Inc. Mar 13 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Colleen and Garren worked with my son. We were always glad when she came.

Damita Perkins Mar 12 2015 12:00 AM

Matt, thinking of you and your family during this time. I know that there is no amount of words that can make it all better, but wanted you to know I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. I am here if you need anything at all.


Bridget Mar 12 2015 12:00 AM

Matt - Please know that I am here for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories give you peace and comfort. - Sheri

Sheri Branson Mar 12 2015 12:00 AM

Matt, so sorry for your loss. You and family are in my thoughts and prayers - Bejoy

Bejoy Mathew Mar 12 2015 12:00 AM


I was saddened by the news of the loss of your mother.  Both of my parents have passed so I know of the issues that you are dealing with. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Eric Hendrix Mar 11 2015 12:00 AM

I have very fond memories of the Brobeck family. I always thought their family was the best example of what a family should be like. Everyone was respectful, well-mannered and kind. This usually starts with Mom and Dad. I am very sorry for your loss.

Jeff Bowling Mar 11 2015 12:00 AM

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