Marilyn “Maddie” Susan Brand

   Marilyn “Maddie” Susan Brand, died February 12, 2014. Beloved daughter of Dr. Elliott S. and Bernice R. Brand, sister of Cathy Abelson Lipshutz (Dr. Robert Lipshutz), predeceased by a brother Kenneth P. Brand, Aunt of Jessica Abelson Sigg (Martin), Alison Motley (Jeremy), Anna Lipshutz and Carla Kligman (Eric), and dear Cousins; Larry and Anne Eisner, Karen Eisner and Jamie Halliday and Ellie Eisner and Walter Mosauer, also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Marilyn was respected by a wide circle of close and adoring friends, as well her cherished cat Lilly. Marilyn graduated from Colby Junior College. In 1987 she opened Second Hand Rose in New Haven, CT. In 1995, she was the owner of The Rock Garden in Branford, CT, where she was a constant creative source as well as sage counselor to long standing clients and friends. She will be missed by all.
   Graveside funeral service at the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven Sunday at 12: noon. A Memorial Service is planned, with the date to be announced on The Rock Garden website.  Shiva will be observed at The William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA in the Community Room on February 18, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Contributions in Marilyn’s memory may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
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  1. Debra Kling Morawski said,

    02.13.14 at 3:47 pm

    Maddie touched the hearts of so many people without realizing it. I feel privileged to
    have known her. She always offered a caring, friendly heart to me and I will miss her. I am grateful to have visited her on her stay at Hospice and had a lovely visit with her and our friend Mary. I hope your walk over the bridge will be met with
    outreaching hugs and warm memories. So many people have learned from you. It is always a difficult thing to let someone loved go. A light has gone from our world but
    she lit some candles still here. Thank you, Maddie…

  2. Barbara Coppom said,

    02.13.14 at 8:14 pm

    My darling schmoone,
    I will love you and miss you forever till infinity. Our best friendship of 60+ yrs

    will stay in my heart and soul. Your wisdom, laughter, joy, care and most of all love
    has touched all of us who had the absolute pleasure of knowing your beautiful
    and authentic soul. I know we will continue to have our 4 hr phone calls only
    they will be from another space and time. The light of your soul will live always
    in my heart. You are the greatest blessing in my life.
    your BFF schmoonette

  3. Douglas Golden said,

    02.14.14 at 10:53 pm

    Marilyn was a great person and I was happy to have known her back in the days of Second Hand Rose. Unfortunately we lost contact when she closed SHR and moved to The Rock Garden.
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    Doug Golden

  4. Susan Faris said,

    02.15.14 at 10:13 pm

    I will miss Marilyn very much! Whenever I visited or took classes at the Rock Garden, Marilyn was always welcoming and so helpful with my design “problems”. I so enjoyed talking with her about all sorts of things and hearing about her interesting life before opening the bead shop and our mutual philosophy on life in general.

  5. Claire Zoghb said,

    02.16.14 at 1:35 pm

    A visit and chat with Marilyn always left me feeling restored, with a new hope for humanity. She held that space for so many of us. May her generous, wise and welcoming spirit remain inside us all that we may share it with others. Rest peacefully, Marilyn

  6. Lisa Faris McNamara said,

    02.16.14 at 7:47 pm

    I met Marilyn more than 10 years ago, when I started beading and visited Rock Garden. I had a lot to learn and Marilyn was always there to help me but soon we also became friends. We shared similar views about everything important in life and she was an inspiration to me, especially when I lost faith in humanity. She gave me an amethyst stone to carry in my pocket, for serenity and peace, and to this day I continue to carry it. She gave from the heart and all of us are better people for having known her. I can’t believe she is gone…but she is gone only in body as her spirit remains here inside all of us. My mother, Susan Faris, and I named a star after Marilyn, as recorded in the International Star Registry. It’s there for everyone to view, a reminder of how strong and bright Marilyn was and always will be. Rest in peace Marilyn!

  7. Stephanie FitzGerald said,

    02.17.14 at 6:38 pm

    When I bought my house, Marilyn lived on the third floor and ran Second Hand Rose and then The Rock Garden. She remained living here for seven more years with her cats, and then Andy, and always, LOTS of stuff. We enjoyed her kind presence. Since then, through the years, we would catch up now and then at The Rock Garden. We will remember you fondly!

  8. Valerie Geremia said,

    02.18.14 at 4:36 pm

    I am so profoundly sad to hear of Maddie’s passing. I met Maddie while she was in Hospice in January. She resided just across from my Mom. As my Mom got more sick, Maddie and I spent a lot of time talking, laughing and crying together. I can still picture her lighted egg in a nest, which she always had next to her bed. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed our time together. She helped me through a most difficult time as I watched my Mom slip away (she passed on Jan. 7th.) I tried contacting Maddie after that, but she had left Hospice. I wrote to her but wasn’t able to reach her. She had a wonderful spirit and a positive outlook and I wish I had known her longer. One day as we talked, I told her I would always remember her; that she would always remain a part of my journey. I then recited a poem I had heard years ago, to which Maddie promptly asked me to write down for her: “Some people come into our lives and quietly go; others stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart and we are never the same.” You’ve left a footprint on my heart, Maddie. Rest in peace.

  9. Deb Smith & family said,

    02.20.14 at 3:16 am

    We were so devastatingly shocked and so saddened to hear of “Maddie’s” recent passing. It was such a pleasure to have met wonderful ” Maddie” and for her to have a been a part of our lives, & who touched our hearts by her wisdom, kindness & generosity especially to my daughter, Kassie, who once worked @ The Rock Garden.
    So it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye for now & may you Rest in Peace, Maddie, you will be forever missed .Feeling blessed you crossed our path. X

  10. patty dumark warner said,

    03.06.14 at 2:06 am

    Our hearts are sad by the news of maddie’s passing
    I always enjoyed her spirit &conversation
    Bob&Patty warner

  11. Barbara Coppom said,

    03.08.14 at 1:44 pm


    Today is March 8, 2014. I miss calling you first thing on this day to say happy birthday my BFF. Your star in heaven shines exceptionally bright today on all
    of us who love and miss you so much. Lovingly, Schmoonette

  12. Chris Rauscher said,

    04.16.14 at 6:39 pm

    I first met Marilyn in 1990 at the Rock Garden on State Street, in the small shop, before they moved to the larger one next door. As a rock and mineral collector, beginning beader and spiritual person, I loved the store and came to know Marilyn and Andy. I have brought many friends and family there over the years and have always loved it. After I started teaching, I would occasionally bring down a car full of teenagers and they always got a lot out of it- the spirit and inspiration of the place hasn’t diminished in the least. It is truly a joyous place.

    Many times I went in after a bad day, or because I was in emotional pain and looking for healing. Sometimes I wanted to hide, but desperately needed to be somewhere I would be accepted- no matter what state of mind I was in. Marilyn and the people she surrounded herself with created a beautiful sacred space that I am grateful to have been part of in some way- even as a simple customer. I am so very sad to hear of her passing.

    Bless you Marilyn for you have surely walked gracefully upon this earth. I will miss your smile and joy, wisdom and humor. Blessed Be.