Grace Brashier

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Grace M. Brashier, nee Wegner, 98 years old, born July 16, 1924, in Belleville, IL, passed away Monday, January 9, 2023.

She was a 1942 graduate of Belleville Township High School. In 1946, she received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  During her senior year, she was president of Pi Kappa Sigma Sorority (now Sigma Kappa) and was listed in the 1945-1946 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. On June 12, 1948, she married Frank Brashier in the First Methodist Church, Carbondale, IL. She earned a Master of Arts in French from the University of Arizona, Tucson and a Master of Education degree from the University of Mississippi, Oxford. In 1960, she was awarded a NDEA (National Defense Education Act) grant to study French at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Two years later, she was awarded a second NDEA grant to study French with the University of Oregon in Tours, France.  She also did graduate work at Saint Louis University, at the Ecole Francaise at Middlebury College in Vermont at The Ohio State University in Lyon, France and at Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Grace was a member of several honors societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Delta Phi and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Grace was also a member of the American Association of Teachers at French and the American Association of University Professors.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, the Belleville Area Humane Society, and the St. Clair County Garden Club.  She taught in Belleville Junior High School, Coulterville High School, Scott School (part of the Mascoutah, IL system), Mascoutah High School and spent most of her teaching career teaching French at Belleville Area College (now SWIC).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, who died on June 15, 1991; her parents, John and Florence, nee Richards, Wegner; her niece, Nancy Jane Wegner; her nephew, Thomas M. Hess; her brother, Richard John Wegner; her sister, Ethel May Wegner Hess; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Grace is survived by her sister-in-law, Patricia (Mager) Wegner;
five nephews, Richard E. Wegner, Robert W. Hess, David L. Hess, John P. Hess, and Andrew J. Hess;
a great-nephew, John P. Hess, Jr;
and her nieces, Cynthia J. (Wegner) Reiniger, Debra S. (Wegner) Craig, Rebecca L. (Wegner) Fowlkes, and Laurie A. (Wegner) Richards.

Memorials may be made to her favorite charities, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gateway Chapter 8251 Maryland Ave. Suite 12, Clayton, MO 63105, The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Gateway Area Chapter, P.O. Box 78129, St. Louis, MO 63178-8129, or Autism Speaks, 1121 Olivette Executive Parkway, Suite 220, St. Louis, Mo. 63132.  Memorials may be expressed to the family online at

Private services will be held.


11 Comments on Grace Brashier

Jesse T Hess said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2023 at 4:53 AM

My Great Aunt Grace used to take me to the Fairview Heights mall every year before Christmas in the early 2000’s to pick out a jacket. Years later I pulled my head out of my rear end and asked around about visiting her, but then Covid struck early 2020 and made things difficult. I think about Grace often, and even have some writings by her about our family’s history. I loved her sister, my grandma Hess deeply, and Grace was always so kind to me in my youth. Her educational background is very impressive. Wish I could have learned more from her, but I was so young when she was in my life. All the best wishes to the Wegner family; wish I had known you all better.

  • Ridgedale
  • MO
Sharon Kehrer Michaels said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 9:36 AM

My God Mother, my friend. Thank you for memories of playing pool in your basement and always being a proper lady with the perfect home. I will also remember all the correspondence you shared of writing to dignitaries around the world and for helping to answer questions about my dad's childhood. May you rest in peace, you will be missed till we meet again.

  • Wichita
  • KS
Marjorie Reith said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 4:50 PM

So sorry to learn of Miss Grace’s death. She was my neighbor in Creekside Estates and became my friend. She loved my pies and cream puffs and my dog, Snuggles. We visited many hours and discussed every topic imaginable. She was a very interesting lady and contributed greatly to the field of education. My heart goes out to her family.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Joseph Wisdom said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2023 at 7:34 PM

Our heart aces to hear this very sad news. As one of her neighbors in Creekside Estates, we knew Grace for about 20 years. We have always found her to be high spirited and a warm individual. She would call me in the winter months after a snow storm to plow the snow off her driveway because she absolutely had to run out to get her hair cut the following day, made me smile and laugh at the same time. Very persistent in her ways. She will be sadly missed but always remembered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all that had the privilege in knowing Grace. At peace in heaven with God forever. Joseph Wisdom and Tab Hunt

  • Swansea
  • IL
RUTH A STEWART said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2023 at 5:50 PM

Grace was a great French teacher and became a very good friend. She was the impetus for my travels to France. Will miss her very much. Please accept my condolences.

  • IL
Jeff Uhl said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2023 at 11:43 AM

I remember my parents talking fondly of their BAC French class and teacher, Grace Brashier. So sorry for your loss,

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bobbie Peduzzi said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2023 at 2:16 PM

Grace was a wonderful teacher and a dear friend. I first met Grace at Belleville Junior College in 1965 when I was a student in her class. Our friendship grew when I joined the faculty and continued until her passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. She will be greatly missed.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Vito Benivegna said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 2:07 PM

Grace was an outstanding professional and dedicated educator. She loved everything French and was very thorough in everything she did, and I enjoyed working with her at BAC. My wife and I send our condolences to her family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
rena l murphy said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2023 at 12:51 PM

Grace was such a lovely, interesting friend and teacher. My husband and I both took her french classes at SWIC and enjoyed them so much for the beauty of the language and the cultural insights she expressed. I am very saddened for your loss and hope you find comfort in the loving care you gave to her over the years.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dr. Timothy Richards said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2023 at 5:21 PM

Grace was a true professional who knew a much about our family history which was very interesting. She will always be remembered for her dedication to the teaching profession. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL.
Eileen Hess said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2023 at 1:12 PM

Will miss you, rest in peace. Sorry I couldn't be there with Dave.

  • Kansas City
  • MO

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