• 80 years old
  • Born on April 18, 1934 .
  • Passed away on August 6, 2014 .

This page was created to honor the memory of Delores Young (Irvine) Rinke, the mother of our very own Mary Brownsberger. Mary is a precious friend to many of us, and many in the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association wanted a way to express their sympathies. Please feel welcome to leave a message to Mary and her family or a tribute to her mother or both in the Leave a Tribute window below.

Mary's mother was born on April 18, 1934, and passed away on the morning of August 6, 2014. You can learn a little bit about her rich and long life under the tab titled "Her Life."




Posted by Mary Brownsberger on 16th August 2015
It's been a bit over a year....and Mom is still missed. I look at her picture, see her smile, and as often as I can, wear something of hers - a piece of jewelry, or perhaps a piece of clothing. She was such a gentle spirit, and I can only hope to carry that forward in some way. With gratitude to all who posted, to Gitendra for setting this up, and especially to my Mom, who taught me the best lessons.
Posted by Teresa Ashman on 8th September 2014
Dear Mary, The loss of someone so close is always difficult to accept, so the hope is that we can keep them alive through our memories and constant storytelling. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you gain some comfort by knowing that so many care for you. Teresa
Posted by Preeti Sunderaraman on 24th August 2014
Dear Mary, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Although the loss of a mother cannot be replaced, I hope that your times with her and the wonderful memories that were created remain with you. Wishing you strength and courage, Preeti
Posted by Carey Pawlowski on 22nd August 2014
Dear Mary and family, My heart goes out to you during this very difficult time. Your mother sounds like she was an amazing person, and I am confident she was so very proud of you and all of your accomplishments. I am keeping you and your family in my daily thoughts and wishing you peace. Best wishes always and in all ways, Carey Pawlowski
Posted by Stephen Wegener on 16th August 2014
Mary, I am sorry for your loss. I trust your mother I very proud of you. Although I never had the pleasure to meet her, certainly she must have been wonderful mentor and full of enthusiasm, as the apple does not fall from the tree. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Alan Goldberg on 15th August 2014
Dear Mary: I was saddened to hear of the death of your mother. What strength of character and commitment to head for APA before joining your family to grieve together and share together. I hope that wonderful memories will ease your pain. Know that you are not alone. And your mother lives on in your thoughts and deeds. Condolences to you and your family. Fondly, Alan
Posted by Heather Caples on 15th August 2014
Dear Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. May you find peace in the ways in which she has shaped your life and nurtured your spirit. Her warmth and gracious heart are abundant in you. Sending you strength and comfort. Heather Caples
Posted by Liza Colby on 15th August 2014
What a beautiful mother, just like you! Liza Polakov Colby
Posted by Susanne Bruyere on 15th August 2014
Dear Mary, This comes to extend to you my personal words of sincerest sympathy, upon the passing of your Mother. The beautiful picture of her on these Memorial pages is wonderful to see, as not only does it introduce her to your friends and colleagues who never had the privilege of meeting her, but we see your own beautiful smile in hers. Please know that we are all holding you in our hearts as you go through this life passage, and our thoughts are with you, your Mom, and your family at this time. Susanne
Posted by Janet Niemeier on 15th August 2014
Dear Mary: Please know how sorry I am to hear of your loss. You are so in my thoughts. Seeing the wonderful picture of your mother, I know now how you came by your grace and positivity. I also thank you for your grace in leading us while quietly bearing your heartaches. I took office the day after my father passed. I was, as I am sure you were, able to move into that day by relying on the inspiration of my wonderful parent. Sincerely, Jan Niemeier
Posted by Gitendra Uswatte on 14th August 2014
Dear Mary, I am sorry for your loss. I did not have a chance to meet your mother but the picture speaks a thousand words. The smile all the way up to her eyes betrays a zest for life and great capacity for love. That warmth comes through in you. Sending wishes for peace and comfort to you and family. G

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