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The Life of Arnold Brenner

ARNOLD M. ''RED'' BRENNER BOARDMAN - Private family services will be held at a later date for Arnold M. Brenner, 90, known as “Red,” who peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at the Inn at Christine Valley, surrounded by his family. Red was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Youngstown, the son of the late Wilhelm and Katherine (Linder) Brenner, German immigrants from Romania. He graduated from The Rayen School in 1942, and was a lifelong area resident. Red was a World War II Army veteran in the 75th Infantry known as “The Diaper Division.” He fought in “The Battle of the Bulge” and various other areas in the European Theatre as an anti-aircraft machine gunner. He was the recipient of three Bronze Stars. Fluent in the German language, he also served as an interpreter and was a part of the liberation of German concentration camps. Red was an electrician at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Brier Hill Works for 37 years, retiring in 1979. During his younger years he was an avid poker player, spent many hours on the links at Mill Creek Park, and enjoyed gardening. He was a lover of animals, the outdoors, and especially his family. Memories of Red will be cherished by the true love of his life, his wife of 52 years, the former Charlotte L. Woods, whom he married Jan. 26, 1963, his adored children, a daughter, Sherri J. (Bob) Mangapora of Canfield, and two sons, Eric A. (Denise) Brenner of Kent, and Phillip W. Brenner of Boardman; four beloved grandchildren, Katherine Mangapora, Matthew Mangapora, both of Canfield, and Gillian Brenner and Haley Brenner, both of Kent; an older brother, Walter C. (Delphine) Brenner of Emmett, Idaho; a brother-in-law, Walter (Kathy) Woods; a sister-in-law, Beverly Woods; and many other special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Brenner; two sisters, Erna Stere and Gertrude Howard; a brother-in-law, George Woods; and an infant daughter, Barbara Ann. Although his life may seem ordinary, it was actually extraordinary, as Red had the gift of finding happiness in every situation. As per his request, there will not be calling hours. Red’s wife and children would like to thank his extended family, the special neighbors, dear friends, as well as those kind souls at the Inn at Christine Valley, who laughed at his jokes, enjoyed his stories, showed him love and whom he loved. Any material tributes should take the form of contributions to Mill Creek Metroparks, P.O. Box 596, Canfield, OH 44406, in his memory

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