Beverly D. Brenno, 96, of Rochester, MN, passed away Wednesday morning April 7, 2021 at Samaritan Bethany, Rochester, MN.
Beverly was born Oct. 22, 1924 in Burr Oak, IA to Miles and Valeda (Murdock) Wilbur. She attended country schools and graduated from Decorah, IA High School. On June 1, 1942 she joined in marriage with Fordyce L. Brenno of Mabel, MN. Together they farmed in the Mabel area for a number of years before moving to Austin, MN in 1951. There Beverly worked at a number of retailers and eventually one of the local banks while raising 3 children. In 1969 Beverly moved to Rochester, MN where her husband was working & she went to work for Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) where she worked for 18.5 years before retiring.
During many of those years Beverly & her husband loved to go dancing, play cards, etc. with other couples. Getting together for holidays, weddings, birthdays, etc. with family was very important & was very much enjoyed by Beverly (especially when the grandkids started arriving). She was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester where she was active in volunteering with such activities as baking, lefse making, sewing adult bibs, etc.
Beverly is survived by two children, Arlene (Virgil) Thofson Albert Lea, MN & Neil (Arlene) Brenno St. Cloud, MN; six grandchildren: Beau (Laura) Brenno Lakeville, MN, Dain (Amy) Brenno Lakeville, MN, James (Keely) Brenno Henderson, MN, Katy (Joe) Howe Burnsville, MN, Christine (Clint) Fenner Waconia, MN, & Jason Brenno Minneapolis, MN; sixteen great grandchildren; a sister-in-law; VaLois Wilbur Chatfield, MN, ; a daughter-in-law Joan Brenno Burnsville, MN; & several nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fordyce, her son Gary; sisters Eleanor Dinger, Margerite Soiney, Audrey Stead, Jeanette Inglett; and brother Ronald Wilbur.
The children of Beverly would sincerely like to thank the staff at Samaritan Bethany & Seasons Hospice of Rochester, MN for their superb care provided for their mother these past 4-months.
A celebration of Beverly’s life will be at 2:00pm on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church, Mabel, MN with Pastor Leonard Liptack officiating. Visitation will be held 1-hour prior to the service (1:00pm) at the church. Funeral preparation handled by Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, MN. Face masks & safe distancing will be required.
In lieu of flowers or monetary considerations, we ask that you consider a donation to a favorite charity.