Friday, March 23, 2012

Robert L. Brenneman

Robert L. Brenneman, age 80, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Robert was born in Nichols, Iowa, on October 24, 1931, son of the late Lester C. and Mathilda A. (Nee: Swanson) Brenneman.

During the Korean War Robert served in the United States Air Force. On June 19, 1959, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth J. Skinner. Robert was employed by the Racine Unified School District and taught at Washington Junior High, Gilmore Middle School and lastly at Walden III. He was a charter member of the International Folk Dance Group in Racine. Robert was an avid gardener, had a great love for music and enjoyed singing with the Racine Dairy Statesmen, the DeKoven Men’s Chorus, the Trinity United Methodist Choir and the Unitarian Universalist Church Choir. More than anything, he cherished time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-two years, Betty; his children, Heidi (Vincent) Grabowski of Racine, Mark (Karen) Brenneman of Burlington, Elizabeth Brenneman (Ron Selden) of Montana; his eight grandchildren, Armand and Reese Grabowski, Louis (Lisa) McNutt, Laura McNutt, David McNutt, Annathea Brenneman, Stella Selden, Cicely Selden; brother, Larry (Linda) Brenneman of Orlando, FL; sister, Linda (Lee) Goldesberry of Racine; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Wayne Westlake of Conesville, IA, Robert (Mary) Skinner of Houston, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Westlake.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Tony Larsen and Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Memorials to the Unitarian Universalist Church or to the Trinity United Methodist Church have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888


carrie said...

He was one of my favs at Walden. I remember being late the first day of class and he said I had to sit on the floor, due to limited seats lol. So for the rest of geometrys term I sat on the floor. My fav quote from him was just read the example. Great heart, sweet man, will be deeply missed.

Anonymous said...

It was always fun to watch Bob sing because you could see and feel the rhythm in his body. Our OBUUC choir will miss him dearly. We're grateful for his smiles, contagious laughter, the twinkle in his eyes, and his kindness. How lucky we were to have had him in our lives!