Nancie Brazee

Nancie Brazee

Nancie L. (Rolinski) Brazee of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Nancie was born March 26, 1970 in Traverse City to Donald and Phyllis (Kobylczak) Rolinski.

She earned her Bachelor degree from Michigan State University and for almost 20 years she was employed as an environmental specialist with Pfizer in Kalamazoo. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, flowers, knitting, crocheting and taking photos.

On January 9, 2009 in Plainwell she married Rodney W. Brazee, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Tucker VanDyke and Wyatt VanDyke, both of Kalamazoo; her mother, Phyllis Rolinski of Gaylord; a brother, Kevin (Caron) Rolinski of White Lake; a brother-in-law, Mark (Krista) Brazee of Alamo; and her mother-in-law, Jeanne Brazee of Alamo.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Jeffrey Rolinski; and her father-in-law, Leland Brazee.

Friends may visit with Nancie’s family from 2 to 8 P.M. Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1628 East G Ave., Parchment, Rev. Fr. Wieslaw Lipka celebrant. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Nancie may be made to the Tucker and Wyatt VanDyke Education Fund, c/o P.O. Box 165, Otsego, MI 49078.

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  1. Jen and Andrew Brazee-Fort Riley, KS says:


    Andrew & I just want to say how sorry we are to hear about your sudden lose of Nancie. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers through this hard time.

  2. Bob Millward & Sherrie Frank, Scotts Michigan. says:

    We all grieve and are so sorry for your sudden lose of Nancie. Please stay strong and remember that you are surrounded by friends that will always be by your side! You are in our thoughts and prayers always.

  3. The Kerby Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  4. Darrell Plough says:

    I was so shocked to hear about Nancie. The same thing keeps going round and round in my head is that it’s not fair, not right, but we all know that! Nancie was always such a joy to work with and see at work. She never without fail had that big smile and could always see the solution to whatever the problem was. She was a major help to me and I’ll never forger her, as will anybody who she ever came in contact with. I told someone that when we would have a spill at work, I’d look on the bright side because, “Well, I’ll get to talk to Nancie”. She was very special….
    Take these days one at a time and remember that you have many, many friends you can call on. I’m one.


  5. Jesse Palmer and Jennifer Nardi says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss, Rodney. I’m glad I got to visit with you two last week. Nancie was always so upbeat, kind, and helpful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Jo and George says:

    Dear Rodney,
    George and I cannot tell you how sorry we are regarding the loss of your beloved Nancie. I will treasure the moment when Nancy brought you home to Kevin and Caron’s and we were judging whether you would “pass the “test.” You definitely “passed the test “. It was very obvious that day how happy you made Nancy and what a great couple the two of you made. We will continue to pray that you will find peace and comfort in the days to come.
    Jo and George

  7. Donn & Dianne Stowe says:

    Rodney & family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Nancie was a wonderful lady and will be truly missed. You have our deepest sympathy.

    Donn & Dianne Stowe

  8. Kristi Jurey says:


    Words cannot express how sorry I am. Nancie was such a wonderful woman; she was such a joy to be around. Please remember that you and your family are in my thoughts.

  9. Kenny Wiers says:

    Oh Rodney,
    My loss of words, and my thoughts and prayers go out to you. Please remember the support you have (and the shoulders you can use) of the many people who love you.


  10. Jim Droski and Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. Nancie was a great person to work with here at Pfizer. Whenever I had any environmental questions at work, I would call Nancie first and she would always point me in the right direction. She was always so kind and helpful. Our prayers go out to your family, during this tragic time.

    Matthew 5:4 – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

  11. Rich Greter says:


    I am so sorry to hear of Nancie’s passing. She was a wonderful person – always helpful and friendly. Her children went to the same daycare as mine and we’d sometimes talk about the trials and tribulations of parenthood. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Rachid El Aile says:

    Kevin, I am really sorry for the loss of your sister. We pray to our Lord to give you the strength needed to deal with this Loss. May the Lord welcome her in open arms and provide her the eternal rest. May she rest in peace.

  13. Mark Hockenberry says:

    Kevin, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your faith, friends and family.

    Mark Hockenberry and your Ford Family

  14. Greg McInnis says:


    I have no words that could possibly comfort you. For two great people like you and Nancie, to have found each other , was so very
    special. I’m so sorry for your loss my friend.


  15. Brittney Wojtaszek says:

    Rodney –
    Words can not express how sorry I am. It is so hard to understand why, why now, but only God knows that answer and even though we do not understand his reasoning at times, he ALWAYS has a purpose. I hope through many prayers and never ending support, you can find some comfort and peace in the days to come. I’ve only known you for a short time, but what I do know is that you and Nancie had a love that others were so envious of. Cherish that and hold on to that. I will continue to pray for you and your family and please know that there are so many of us who you can reach out to at anytime!! We all love you dearly!!


  16. Kathi Brazee says:

    Dear Rodney, distance is the only thing seperating me from the family and all you all have gone thru in the last year and now the death of Nancy…I never met her but I know that you waited long and searched hard for your perfect mate…So glad you had the years together you had…I am PRAYING for you. Love, your Aunt Kathi Brazee

  17. Rodney Wahley says:


    I was shocked and saddened when I heard about Nancie. We here in API have lost a dear friend and a very valuable piece of our business. Nancie will be greatly missed. My prayers and best wishes go out to you and your family.


  18. David and Lisa Dempsey says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please remember, you have many friends to lean on. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers always. May God bless you and look over you in this difficult time.

  19. Mike and Connie Zaborowski says:

    Our sincere sympathy goes out to you and Nanci’s husband, children and brother. We keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Kay Skop says:

    Phyllis My sincere sympathy for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Roseann Kujawa says:

    Know that I have you and all your family in my prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss and what that loss will be to not only you but your grandchildren, son-in-law, son and daughter-in-law. I pray that God will give all of you strength in this most difficult time. Bless you.

  22. B.J. Hinkle Sr says:

    I was shoked and deeply saddened to hear about Nancy. Her loving and kind spirt will endure with us all forever. Prayers and Blessings to her two son’s Tucker & Wyatt, Rodney and the rest of her family.

  23. Ken Slater says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. Nancie will be deeply missed. I can’t even begin to find words that would comfort you…and I cannot imagine your pain. Marie and I have been thinking about you, praying for you and your family.


  24. Paul Lochinski says:

    I cannot express how much compassion I feel for your whole family. In this time of loss and sadness we can be consoled with the knowlege that Nancie has just made heaven a brighter place. She will be missed here but there are special people in heaven that are happy to see her again. Please know that we are praying for you.

  25. Ms. Ward, Wyatt's Teacher says:

    Wyatt, Tucker and Family,
    The staff at Central Elementary send the peace of mind that we are here to provide loving support and comfort during this time of loss. We will keep the kids and family in our thoughts for the days and weeks ahead.
    Our Deepest Sympathy,
    Ms. Ward and Staff

  26. Thomas Butler says:


    I am terribly sorry for your loss and I can’t fathom what you and your family must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this time.

    Tom Butler

  27. Bob Durian says:


    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time. Nancie was always such a joy to be around. Always a smile or a kind word, she would never just walk on by. I feel privileged to have been able to get to know her and work with her over the years. I pray the Lord will give you comfort during this time.

  28. John and Terrie Rinehart says:

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you and here young men. I could not handled all the trestle activities without Nancy’s guidance and support. She was always helpful and there with a smile. We are so sadden by your loss. As many have said, you have a friend here. Peace,
    John and Terrie

  29. Tom Lenartowicz and Judy Wagley says:

    Phyllis, Kevin, Caron, Rodney, Tucker and Wyatt,

    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Maybe this prayer from Evelyn Christenson expresses it best for us:

    “Lord, here I am. There is no friction between my will and yours. Whatever you have for me, I know you will give me enough strength, enough grace. I know you will give me all that I need, so Lord, here I am, ready to do your will.”

  30. Jennifer Niedzwiecki Archuleta says:

    I’m really sorry for your loss of such a wonderful woman. I will keep your whole family in my prayers.

  31. Shawn Birman says:

    I am stunned and in disbelief. I am so sorry for your loss. I was the after school care director at St. Monica’s. I enjoyed taking care of Tucker and Wyatt. They were such a blessing, and I enjoyed seeing Nancie come to pick up the boys. She was always so nice and always had a big smile on her face to greet the boys. My heart is breaking for the boys and for everyone else that is close to her. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time. Please give the boys a huge hug from me.

    Mrs. Shawn Birman

  32. Jay and Jill Wesley says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tucker, Wyatt and family.

  33. Dominic and Mrs. Signorello says:

    Tucker, Wyatt and Family,

    Your Mom is a beautiful lady, always smiling and always so kind. We have been saying prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. We love you Tucker & Wyatt !

    Dominic & Mrs. Signorello

  34. Doug Springer says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Nancy was special and we will all miss her great smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Doug and Jan

  35. Greg & Bev Marzolino says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rodney, Tucker, Wyatt, Phyllis and Kevin during this sad time. We never (ever) understand when something like this happens and pray that you will find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Please know that your wife, mother, daughter and sister is now in heaven in God’s gracious care and that she will never forgotten.

    May God bless and comfort all of you in the days, weeks and months ahead!!

  36. Michael Lisak says:

    Rod , what a honor to know Nancie . We have all been blessed by her life . Mike

  37. Rick Mills says:


    So sorry; you’re in the thoughts and prayers of your longtime newspaper friends here in Mt. Pleasant.

  38. Greg Kalvin says:

    I am shocked and saddened by the loss of your beloved Nancie, she was a very special gal. She always had a wonderful smile and a hello for everybody. She started the company shortly after I did so I have been in a lot of meetings with her and I can honstly say she was one of my favorites. I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Greg Kalvin

  39. Pam and Dave Gillespie says:

    Kevin, Caron, Phyllis, Rodney, Tucker and Wyatt,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. May special, happy memories help you through this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Pam & Dave Gillespie

  40. Barb Horvath says:

    My heart aches for your family. Nancie was such a pleasure to work with. She was always cheerful and responsive – On the phone with her, I could tell she was smiling, just by her voice. Nancie will be sorely missed by her co-workers, but remembered well.

  41. Anne Seebaldt says:

    Rodney, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you and your family in this time and sorrow. Take care!

  42. Bill & Jean Blanzy says:

    To lose a child is hard
    To lose a mother is hard
    To lose a wife is hard
    To lose a friend is hard
    To lose one who is all of this only God can answer why.
    Our prayers are with you.

  43. Leonard & Verona Bartz says:

    Phyllis, Kevin, Caron, Rodney, Tucker, Wyatt and family.

    We are shocked, you have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts, prayers and love to Rodney, Tucker, Wyatt. It seems so unfair,….it must be part of God’s plan. Our hearts are breaking for Tucker and Wyatt in the loss of your mother, Nancie. I just lost my mother a month ago.

  44. Kristin Ubl says:

    My heart is breaking! I just found out about this. Wyatt and Tucker, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mom was an amazing woman with a wonderful heart and a beautiful smile! Rodney, please let us know if you need anything in the future (at Adventures Learning Center)! We are always here!

  45. Sean Goudy says:

    To the Brazee Family:

    Please know that Nancie loved her family. She spoke of her two boys often. I really respected Nancie as a co-worker. Only God knows why a person with such a good heart and good spirit must leave so soon, but God has a plan.

  46. Bob Brown says:

    My condolences to all family members, particularly to Wyatt and Tucker (I know what it is like to lose a parent at a young age). I worked with your mom in the late 90s and early 2000’s. She had a quick smile, a hearty laugh, and a good sense of humor. She was just a joyful person. A sentiment you can be proud of and carry with you. Peace.

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