Joan Germaine (Beigh) Brady



Joan Germaine (Beigh) Brady, 86, of St Joseph, and most recently Bridgman, passed away May 24, 2015 at Hanson Hospice Care Center in Stevensville.

Joan was born in her family home in South Bend, Indiana, on August 10, 1928 to Kenneth and Gladys Beigh. From the beginning Joan called herself a Hoosier and Notre Dame fan. The family moved to Benton Harbor for her father’s job with Tip Top Bakery while she was in grade school. She began her education at the former Sterne Brunson Elementary school.

Her career started at Bizers Drug Store as a “soda jerk” as a teenager. After graduation from Benton Harbor High School in 1946 she worked at Kaywoods then briefly VM (Voice of Music). After a decade as a “stay-at-home-mom”, Joan returned to the workforce as a secretary for the Laborer’s Union at the Building Trades Union Hall on Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor. She retired after many years from this position.

After meeting the love of her life at the Pine Pub, Joan married Thomas D. Brady on November 5, 1949 at the former First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Columbus Avenue of which she was a member.

They have two children, Kathleen Anne (Brady) Karsten of St Joseph and Thomas Michael Brady of Coloma.

Joan and Tom instilled in their children a sense of adventure with many trips across the continental United States. Joan was a chaperone for the St Joseph High School Band with her daughter on their 1972 trip to the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. Most holiday weekends were spent camping at Willow Shores in Union, Michigan, with the Cassidy Gang.

Joan was active at Riverview Park Christian Church in St Joseph. She gave of her time in many capacities as a member. Besides heading many different committees, she volunteered as church secretary and church treasurer over the years as well.

She also took pride in serving her community as an election official and as a Lakeland Hospital Volunteer helping patients prepare for surgery.

Joan loved all kinds of music and spent many evenings at Shadowland Ballroom or the Crystal Palace dancing. In her youth she enjoyed jitterbugging and in later years line dancing with the Senior Steppers. Her other interests included jigsaw and crossword puzzles, playing cards, and attending football games, as well as watching the NFL.

Besides being a wonderful, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Joan wished to be remember for her sense of humor, being a “lefty”, a Hoosier, and for her great love for the Lord.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth “Buddy” Beigh, Jr., and her husband of thirty-nine years Thomas D Brady, one niece, one nephew, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Survivors include her children Kathleen A. (Scott) Karsten, Thomas M Brady,  sister Mary Katherine (John) Ross of Middlebury, IN, brother-in-law Philip (Jeanne) Brady of CA, a lifelong friend she considered a sister Audrey Grose of FL., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Riverview Park Christian Church, 2929 Niles Road, St. Joseph, officiated by Rev. David Stout. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be given to Riverview Park Christian Church, Hospice at Home or Alzheimer Foundation. Those wishing to share a memory of Joan may do so online at


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