Marie Bremer, an intelligent, caring and accomplished woman who became a charter member of the American Power Boat Association’s National Scoring Committee and, until her retirement, managed the Piedmont Physicians Office in Forest Park, Georgia, passed away, Thursday, November 8, 2012 after a brief illness.
Born on April 5, 1946, Marie grew up in Strum, Wisconsin as the youngest of three sisters. After graduation from high school, she decided to pursue a career in nursing, a choice well suited to her ability to give care. She attended the Luther Hospital School of Nursing, earning her cap and becoming an RN in 1967. Marie met her husband Jim while in school; they married in 1968 on February 3. When their son Kurt was born, she made an easy transition to motherhood while remaining active in nursing. Marie continued to expand her horizons, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1991 from The University of Northern Iowa.
In 1979, powerboat racing became a part of Marie’s life when she joined Jim, driver of a Mod VP craft, at the races as his crew. However, she soon realized with her organizational ability, that becoming part of the officiating team was an excellent place to use her skills. Marie served as a master scorer for Great Lakes Boat Club, Chief Scorer for the OPC National Championships, master/computer scorer for both International Outboard Grand Prix and Powerboat Superleague. She was honored by the national sanctioning organization with the APBA Scorer’s Award and by the membership of Powerboat Superleague as Sportsperson of the Year.
Family vacations and trips with friends provided Marie many opportunities to enjoy and indulge in some of life’s best pleasures: the comfort of family and the company of good friends, sharing meals, a glass of chardonnay, chocolate cake for breakfast with a warm cup of coffee and days filled with laughter. Her quiet times were devoted to reading, music, spending time with Jim and their cat Nitro.
Wise and forgiving, Marie kept everyone on a steady course – allowing time for sorrow when necessary but never permitting self-indulgent pity or complaining. Invariably described as a role model and as an ambassador for the sport of boat racing, Marie will be missed, but memories of her as a wife, mother, sister, and friend will continue and will remind us to enjoy everyday to its fullest.
A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, 1 PM at Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, Georgia. The Bremer family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Legacy Ministry, LLC, PO Box 373, Evinston, FL 32633.