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Francis J. Brenner
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Birth: Apr. 6, 1925
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 10, 2005
Freeport
Stephenson County
Illinois, USA

Francis J. Brenner, 79 years, of Dakota, IL. departed this earthly life March 10, 2005, upon arrival at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport. He was born April 6, 1925, in Chicago, the son of Viola Euler and James Koleman.
Francis was raised by his grandparents, Ida and William Brenner, and lived on the family farm on McMahon Road, near Pecatonica for 35 years. He attended Winnebago schools. On Feb. 29, 1952, Francis married Beverly J. Pettenger at Second Congregational Church in Pecatonica. In March 1963, he and his family moved to a dairy farm near Dakota, and for 29 years, Mr. Brenner was employed as a school bus driver and custodian for the Dakota School District. In 1973, he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah Lodge. He was Past Noble Grand of the Freeport and Orangeville Odd Fellows and the Rock Grove Rebekah Lodges, Past President of Odd Fellows District #17 and Rebekah's District #5. Francis held many offices in these lodges. He was very interested in gardening and raising flowers. He was a member of the American Iris Society, the American Daffodil Society, the Wisconsin/Illinois Lily Society, the International Lilac Society, the American Day Lily Society and the American Hosta Society, holding many offices in those organizations. Francis was founder and past president of the Blackhawk Valley Iris Society, entering many flower shows and selling plants. Also, he was honored as master gardener of Winnebago and Stephenson counties. Mr. Brenner also judged many flower shows in this area and in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. He was a member of the Stephenson County Genealogical Society and past president of the Rock Run County Historical Society and the Dakota 50 Plus Club. Francis co-authored a book with first cousin, Virginia Bonne, on his mother's family tree, "Steffen, Brandt and Euler Family Histories, Germany to Stephenson County, Illinois and Beyond. 1773 - 1999." Survivors include his wife, Beverly; one son; one daughter; one daughter-in-law; four granddaughters; five grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; one sister;
two nieces; one nephew; and a foster son.

Those who have preceded him in death were his parents, grandparents; beloved son, Claire L. Brenner on Dec. 24, 1997; and two brothers, Bobby and James Smyth. 
 
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 Parents:
  William J. Brenner (1892 - 1972)
  Ida M STEFFEN EULER Brenner (1888 - 1965)
 
 Spouse:
  Beverly J. Pettenger Brenner (1933 - 2007)
 
Burial:
Willwood Burial Park
Rockford
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Dec 13, 2006
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Francis J. Brenner
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- Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
 Added: Feb. 19, 2008
It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 23, 2006
Rest in Peace, Francis. I know you will have a beautiful Iris Garden in Heaven.
- Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 13, 2006
 
 
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