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Mark J. "Harpo" Brenner 1951 - 2009


Posted By: Connie Swearingen-Volunteer (email)
Date: 6/25/2013 at 12:02:57

Sioux City Journal
6 November 2009

DANBURY, Iowa -- Mark J. "Harpo" Brenner, 58, of Danbury died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in Anderson, S.C.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury, with the Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in the Danbury Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and a vigil wake service at 7 p.m., at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton, Iowa.

Mark John "Harpo" Brenner was born June 7, 1951, in Sioux City, the son of John and Edna (Leahy) Brenner. He attended Danbury Catholic Grade School and Danbury Catholic High School until its closing. He finished his junior and senior year at Maple Valley High School in Mapleton, graduating in 1970. He then, along with his dad, owned and operated the Brenner and Son Vault Company in Danbury. After selling the business, he went to work for Agfood and Chemicals as a custom applicator. A company buyout changed the name to Danbury Ag, where he continued to work until joining the crew at Anfinson Farm Store in Cushing, Iowa. He enjoyed working there but a back injury and health problems forced him into an early retirement. He resided in the Danbury area all except the last two years of his life, when he moved to Anderson, S.C., to be closer to family.

Harpo loved time spent with family. He enjoyed family trips to Vegas and the local casinos with his two sisters and going to car shows and races with his son. He especially enjoyed driving his Corvette around town, visiting with people and telling stories about the old days and he had a lot of them!

Those left to cherish his memory are son, Robbie Brenner of Anderson, S.C.; two sisters, Maureen Sitzman of Anderson, S.C., and Sarah Grenier and her husband Lloyd of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephew, Jim Sitzman and his wife, Melissa also of Anderson; nieces, Michelle Grenier and Renae Modrak, both of Colorado Springs; four grandnieces; two grandnephews; two great-grandnieces; one aunt, Ruth Martin of Green Bay, Wis.; along with many cousins and extended family

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Wayne Sitzman; and several uncles and aunts.


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