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Miriam Brysk

Miriam Brysk, 87, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on 28 May 2022.

The Funeral was held at Graveside at Washtenong Memorial Park Cemetery, 3771 Whitmore Lake Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 on Wednesday, 01 June 2022 at 10:00 AM .

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Interment at Washtenong Memorial Park.

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Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the residence of Judy Brysk, 6435 Maple Hills Dr, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301.

Miriam Brysk drew her final breath on May 28, 2022. She joins her parents, Bronka and Heniek Mason, and her beloved family lost in the Holocaust. She was born March 10, 1935, in Warsaw, Poland. Her childhood was one of war time survival in the Lida Ghetto and with the Russian Partisans in the forests of Belarus. She and her family were refugees for 2 years after the war before coming to the United States to restart a life with the help of Bronka’s older brothers who had come to the US before the war. They became proud citizens of the US enjoying the freedoms this country offered. She started school at 12 years old not knowing English or a normal life. Despite that, she graduated High School at 18 and went on to college.

Miriam was introduced to Henry Brysk through her mother’s cousin who was in the ILGWU with Henry’s father. Henry was 7 years older and had gotten his PhD in Physics at 23 years old, having also been a child survivor of the Holocaust in France. He valued her curiosity to learn and encouraged her to pursue her love of science. As a result, she went on to get her MA and while raising her 2 daughters, got her PhD in Microbiology. Miriam and Henry would be celebrating their 67th anniversary this June 5.

Miriam ultimately became a research scientist with her own research lab and Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch doing skin disease research. She published 87 scientific papers and was a champion of women trying to get ahead in Science and Medicine. She was always an artist as well, having done painting, stained glass work, and photography as hobbies. She was fascinated with computers and became a digital artist after retiring. Miriam took a trip to see where her family was killed in Poland shortly after retiring, and she devoted much of her retirement to creating art and books memorializing the 6 million. Her art was displayed in several communities around the country. Her autobiography of her childhood in the war sold on Amazon and was awarded 2 medals for excellence.

Despite all her accomplishments, Miriam’s proudest achievement and greatest love was her family. Her daughters Judy Brysk and Havi Mandell were encouraged to develop their minds and value family. Being a Holocaust survivor, she stressed the importance of persevering and being worthy of the gift our family had in being here.

Miriam also adored her grandchildren, Josh and Ben Rocher, Hannah (Sean) Korcal, David (Taylor) Mandell, and Sarah (Edward) Hambleton. She felt blessed to have lived long enough to have 3 greatgrandchildren, Elian and Reid (Mandell) and Arielle (Korcal).

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Miriam Brysk may do so by making a contribution to:

40 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
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Pardes Hannah of Ann Arbor
C/O Oran Hesterman
PO Box 511322
Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
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