Jeanette Theresa Reinl Brenner
Jeanette Theresa Reinl Brenner passed away from a heart attack on Thursday evening, June 2nd. Present with Jeanette were her children, their spouses, and three grandchildren.
Our mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother was born on November 13, 1924 in her home to Elizabeth and Otto Reinl. She was born into a loving family, and yes, she did walk to school. On snowy days, her father hitched up the sleigh to their horse and traveled across the fields.
As a young lady, she contracted Scarlet Fever, and the family was quarantined. Her father Otto promised her a dress when she recovered. Upon her recovery, he gathered a load of barley to pay for the dress. Mom was so happy when her father told her “pick out two dresses.” Thus were her loving parents.
Also her cheerleader during this illness was Bernard Brenner of Mount Calvary who took a fancy to her. This developed into a deep, loving marriage that took place on May 24, 1944 in St. Charles Church in Charlesburg, Wisconsin. They farmed together side by side until Bernard’s death on October 24, 1998. Emerging from a deep and long mourning period, she developed an interest in playing cards, Church dinners and events with her “lady friends,” going on trips (once to Canada with Bob and Sharon where she out-walked them), visiting her children, grandchildren, and then attending so many weddings.
She was accepting of everyone regardless of their status, as her favorite saying was “If they are happy, I am happy.” It is a motto that her family hopes everyone would adopt.
When her cat “Milky” who arrived on the day of Bernard’s funeral, they bonded immediately. Twenty-one years later, Milky passed, and Haviere, another rag doll cat, arrived in her home. Until the day of her death, they were inseparable, with Kitty sitting on the stool in front of mom every morning until mom was dressed.
Surviving mom are her children Robert (Sharon) Brenner, Daniel (Carol) Brenner, Marilyn (Francis) Giebel, Carol (Christopher) Baltz, Virginia (Steve) Balthazor, and David (Heather) Brenner.
Grandchildren Paula (Chad) Dudzinske, Julie (Wayne) Culver, Janet (Donald) Berlick, Susie (Jerry) Albrecht, Kevin (Jessica) Brenner, Michael (Josie) Brenner, Karen (Andy) Raben, Linda ( Rayelle) Diedrich, Mark (Toni) Giebel, Aaron (Kristin) Baltz, Adam (Angie) Baltz, Anna (Mike fiancée)Baltz, Chad (Bronwyn)
Balthazor, Justin (Kate) Balthazor, Andy (Matt) Brenner, Billy (Margaret) Brenner, and Jenny (Kayla) Brenner.
Great grandchildren Tim (Kallie) Dudzinske, Tony Dudzinske, Lian (Sam) Schuette, Lily Berlick, Jason Culver, Emily Culver, Ethan Brenner, Emma Raben, Cole Raben, Macey Raben, Reed McCauley, Addison McCauley, Kensley McCauley, Ramsey Diedrich, Jack Giebel, Cayman Giebel, David Baltz , Henry Baltz, Bailey Baltz, Bennett Baltz, and Emmett Brenner.
Jeanette is further survived by her sister Shirley Roehrig and sisters-in-law Helen Reinl and Dorothy Brenner.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Otto and Elizabeth Reinl; her sisters, Sr. Virginia Reinl and Cordelia Nett; brothers Melvin, Jerry, Ronald, Eugene; brothers-in-law Tony Nett and Richard Roehrig; sisters-in-law Margaret, Viann, and Dolores Reinl.
On husband Bernard’s side she was preceded by Albin, Walter, Rudolph, Leo (Marie) and Harold (Berthilda) Brenner and Bernard’s sisters Regina (Herman) Wirtz, Minnie (John) Widmer, Vincie (Duke) Steffes and Ann Petrie.
Visitation will be on Monday evening, June 6th at Zacherl Funeral Home in Fond du Lac from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and Tuesday morning, June 7th at St. Isidore Church in Mount Calvary from 9:00 to 10:45 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the EMT crew from Mt. Calvary, the nurses at SSM, and all that helped us that day. There were so many of you and we will never forget your kindness to all of us.