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Kalona Mennonite Church
Wednesday December 22nd, 2021
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Celebration of Life

Kalona Mennonite Church
Thursday December 23rd, 2021

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Francis "Frank" Leroy Brenneman

A celebration of life for Francis L. “Frank” Brenneman, 72, of Wellman, will be held Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM at the Kalona Mennonite Church. The service will be available via Livestream at the Beatty Peterseim Facebook page. Private family burial will follow at South Gingerich Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at the Kalona Mennonite Church from 3 – 6 PM. A memorial fund has been established for BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse). Francis Brenneman died Friday, December 17, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital. The Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Francis Leroy Brenneman was born June 18, 1949, the son of Leroy and Vilma (Bachman) Brenneman. He attended rural schools around Kalona and graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1968. Frank attended Kirkwood Community College in auto body repair and owned and operated an auto body shop in Kalona. Frank was an extremely gifted artist and owned an art gallery in Kalona. His art is displayed in many places, including Pleasantview Home and Kalona Mennonite Church. On December 12, 1973, he was united in marriage to Barb Bontrager at East Union Mennonite Church. The couple later divorced. Frank founded the Cedar Rapids Chapter of Bikers Against Child abuse. His granddaughters Erin and Avery were the joys of his life.

Survivors include his daughter Corrie (Sylvan) Schlabach; two granddaughters Erin and Avery Schlabach; three siblings: Faye (Dave) Slaubaugh of Iowa, Lynn (Ruth) Brenneman of Arkansas, Kevin (Wendi) Brenneman of Kansas, companion Kerstin Abramowski; one niece Alicia Berry, two nephews: Shawn Slaubaugh and Shane Campbell; four great-nieces: Audra, Ryn, Norah and Dia, and two great-nephews: Owen and Evan.

Preceding Frank in death were his parents Leroy and Vilma and great-nephews Jacob and Caden Berry.

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Craig and I worked with Frank in the New Harvest Gallery and we were always amazed by his detailed pencil drawings. He was so talented. Our sympathies go out to his daughter, Corrie, her family and all of his relatives. I am sure his granddaughters will miss their special bond.

Craig and Kathy Shellady Dec 31 2021 6:47 PM

Frank was my younger double first cousin as his father was my father's younger brother and his mother was my mother's younger sister. I learned to know him more on Facebook the last several years.
My kids followed him on Facebook really wanting to meet him. When my youngest heard of his passing, she literally broke down in tears.
Seven pieces of his art hang in our home including the famous "Bag Lady" which hangs above our fireplace.
So happy Frank learned to know the Lord more in his later years. May the Lord Jesus as Grace richly comfort you: Faye, Lynn, Kevin, Corrie, and family during this sad time.
Love, your cousin Bob Brenneman

Bob Brenneman Dec 24 2021 2:01 AM

Goodbye Frank, you will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, especially Corrie, Erin and Avery, and Kerstin.
We will miss his wit, the fun he always brought with him, his artistic sense, and the love of family.
We didn\'t always agree on politics, and have not been close for years, but friends forever.
His art hangs in my home. He was able to see and make art from unconventional forms, such as these \"flowers\" that he created while welding at Kinze. I suspect few people have ever seen them.
Loren Fisher

Loren Fisher Dec 20 2021 7:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Francis Brenneman

Anthony Hartley Dec 20 2021 12:41 PM

I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Frank's passing! We had our differences through the years, but we always remained friends to the end! We had some great conversations in Facebook, and I enjoyed the things be brought to the table! I am so bummed out I can't be there for visitation as i am out of town for a week ! Enjoy your new house Frank, say hi to Jesus for me! See you later! God Bless the Brenneman family in their time of sorrow!

Anthony Hartley Dec 20 2021 12:39 PM

Frank, and our riding companion Blondie,(Clarence Gingerich) were instrumental in helping me build my first Harley. We were all part of a heathen, Harley riding group, called the 'Free Souls'. Interesting, how we all turned our lives around and allowed Jesus to dwell in our hearts and minds.
Recently, I shared with Frank that Blondie had passed away not too long ago, and now Frank.
He was an awesome and gifted artist, who would share his expertise, that I very much admired and appreciated.
Enjoy your presence with Jesus.

Nathan Miller Dec 19 2021 8:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Francis Brenneman

Ginny Rew Dec 19 2021 6:21 PM

I loved you, Frank. Sorry we couldn't ride together. I'll miss you on Facebook! R.I.P.

David Swartzendruber Dec 19 2021 4:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Francis Brenneman

Nancy Gehman Dec 19 2021 11:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Francis Brenneman

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