ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, Virginia Brohard.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at 10:30am at St. Michael's by-the-Sea, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the San Diego Public Library Foundation https://supportmylibrary.org/ and/or to St. Michael's by-the-Sea https://stmichaelsbythesea.org/give/.


Posted by Jackie Braschel on February 7, 2021
Happy Heavenly birthday, Mrs. Brohard. 
Posted by Joanna Mancusi on February 10, 2020
On the first anniversary of Virginia's passing, I miss her more than I can say. I am reminded of her every day no matter where I am or what I am doing. Discoveries so far include a collection of greeting cards--she kept each and every greeting card (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) she received--and events that were important to her are chronicled on film. These artifacts give us a glimpse into her extraordinary life. I love you Mom.
Posted by Joanna Mancusi on March 1, 2019
Our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on 19 February. She was a gift to this world and all those she touched. She is remembered for her senses of fun and humor, her kindness, her extraordinary spirit, generosity and intelligence. What she loved, I loved. My life will never be the same without her, but I am the luckiest girl in the world because she was my mom. In the immortal words of A. A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

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Posted by Jackie Braschel on February 7, 2021
Happy Heavenly birthday, Mrs. Brohard. 
Posted by Joanna Mancusi on February 10, 2020
On the first anniversary of Virginia's passing, I miss her more than I can say. I am reminded of her every day no matter where I am or what I am doing. Discoveries so far include a collection of greeting cards--she kept each and every greeting card (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) she received--and events that were important to her are chronicled on film. These artifacts give us a glimpse into her extraordinary life. I love you Mom.
Posted by Joanna Mancusi on March 1, 2019
Our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on 19 February. She was a gift to this world and all those she touched. She is remembered for her senses of fun and humor, her kindness, her extraordinary spirit, generosity and intelligence. What she loved, I loved. My life will never be the same without her, but I am the luckiest girl in the world because she was my mom. In the immortal words of A. A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
her Life

Virginia was born in Washington, DC, raised in Douglaston, (Queens) NY. She earned an M.A. in French from Ohio University and an M.A. in Library Science from UCLA. Virginia taught at a school of the blind in Ohio, but her primary career was as a librarian in middle and high schools in Orange County, California and in community college in Houston, Texas. Virginia and John, her husband of 63 years, retired in Houston and returned to San Diego, where Virginia enjoyed her new leisure time to pursue tennis and travel, her true loves.  Virginia was a member of many social groups dedicated to her favorite activities.  These include: bridge club; Carlsbad Newcomers; book club; tennis; antique and antique purse clubs. Virginia was an avid tennis player and occasional bowler. 

Virginia was the whole package.  Smart, funny, warm, generous and kind. Her competitive nature was manifested in positive and amusing ways.  She didn't like to play sports unless they kept score. Her love of languages, literature, and art led her to visit many continents to experience those cultures first hand.  Her enthusiasm infects all who made her acquaintance. 

Virginia's spirit lives on in our hearts and will always bring us comfort us. What she leaves behind is woven into the lives of all those who knew her.

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Shared by Jackie Braschel on November 11, 2020
I just learned of Mrs. Brohard's passing today.  She will always be Mrs. Brohard to me, because I knew her as my first best friend's (Joanna) mom. 

The Brohards left my life in Worthington, Ohio when I was 10 years old.  I was devestated, because they were an extension of my family, and I didn't understand why they left us.  

Mrs. Brohard treated my sister (Donna) and I as she did Tommy, Joanna, and Dianna.  She was our other mother.  She welcomed us into her home, gave us lunches with her own children during Summer days, and allowed our family to watch the Wizard of Oz on the neighborhood's first color TV!  She tolerated all of us sitting in the front yard crabapple tree throwing crabapples at passing cars (she didn't condone it, but we thought we were slick in hiding it from her).  She encouraged us as we worked on our abilities in walking on our hands down the front yard.  She was mom.

Years later, after Donna and her husband moved to California, I flew out for a visit.  Donna & I found a phone number for the Brohards, and Mrs. Brohard, without hesitation, welcomed us to her home for an afternoon of catching up.  We had dinner with Mrs. Brohard and Tommy that evening for continued catch up time.  A day I will always treasure.

That was the last time our paths crossed.  We later learned of Tommy's passing, and now, today, I learned of Mrs. Brohard having passed.

We lost our mom 20 years ago, so I know of the emptiness Mrs. Brohard's family is feeling.  My heartfelt condolences, and my sincere love goes out to you all.  Cherish your memories, and know that she lives on in each of you.