Bruce K. Brenner, age 68, of Reedsburg passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. He was born on July 2, 1951 in Reedsburg, WI, the son of Kenneth J. and Margaret A. (Pechan) Brenner. On October 25, 1975 he was united in marriage to Mary Kane at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his wife, Mary Brenner of Reedsburg; sons Brian Brenner and Colyn Murphy, both of Reedsburg; grandson Dylan Brenner; sister and brothers Marla Brenner (Russ Grote), Gary Brenner, David Brenner (Gina Kobishop); many loving nieces and nephews and our AFS sister Sharon Lee, Berkshire ENG.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents Ken & Marge, twin siblings Joan & John his paternal grandparents Harry & Bessie Brenner of Durand WI and his maternal grandparents John & Irene Pechan of Avoca WI.
From childhood Bruce had a passion for water; swimming, diving board stunts, water skiing and scuba. He also loved skiing on the frozen stuff. His travels took him on trips throughout the United States, Europe and Yugoslavia. In addition there were several diving destinations where he and Mary explored sandy beaches and the ocean floor.
Bruce inherited his fathers respect for the land, love of animals and the great outdoors. The annual Brenner Fest included music, games and bonfires. It drew friends and family from several states to celebrate our winter wonderland. His love of animals encompassed a parade of cats, dogs and his pet boa constrictor Irving.
“Kind” and “Salt of the Earth” are words frequently used by Bruce’s friends to describe him. Following his graduation from St. Norberts College, his career path took several interesting turns but social work and care giving is where his heart was most at home. Friends remarked on their sense of wonder when seeing Bruce communicating with clients in need during his work with Lutheran Social Services.
The Brenner Family will forever be grateful to our sister in law, Bruce’s wife Mary, for the years of love and care she provided to our brother as his mental and physical capabilities diminished. Her strength, compassion and patience are an inspiration to all who know her.
A memorial service for Bruce will be conducted on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Reedsburg with Reverend David Carrano, Pastor, officiating. Visitation will occur 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to the non-profit organization started by Bruce’s brother in law Ed Kane. “Devices for the Disabled” gives mobility & independence to those that can least afford it. You can go to SupportD4D.org or send a check care of the Ed Kane Center, 1333 W. Devon Avenue, Suite 260, Chicago, IL 60660.
Thank you to Shawna, Mary & Marilyn for the special care that enabled Bruce to live comfortably at home.
Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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