EDWIN MAURICE BRENNER Ed Brenner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1922 to Jenny Sperling and Gus Brenner and died in Santa Fe, NM on August 18, 2013 surrounded by the love of his wife, Dee Brenner. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dee, who will miss the love he brought into her life; his daughter Nina Hoover and her husband Jim Hoover; his son Guy Brenner; his stepdaughter, Cissy de la Vallee and her former husband Tony Quay; his grandchildren Brendon and Carissa Hoover, Zach, Hannah, Molly and Sophie Quay-de la Vallee; sister-in-law Rosalie Brenner, and former wife, Eve Brenner. From the age of five, Ed and his older brother, Bill, grew up at the Jewish Home for Babies and Children. The nearby Irene Kaufman Settlement House played an important role in Ed and Bill's childhood and this is where Ed developed his love of swimming. Having good grades and being an outstanding swimmer, he was able to attend the prestigious Schenley High School where he was a member of their swim team. Ed then attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College for two years, hitch hiking or taking the bus if he had the money to make the 50 mile commute. There he majored in physical education and was a member of both the swim and cross country teams. Ed was a member of the US Army Air Force during World War II in which he served as a pilot and an instructor. He was transferred to France where he was stationed just outside of Paris. After serving his country for three years, he enrolled at Kent State University and received his bachelors degree. He then earned two Masters Degrees from UCLA in education and the vocational arts. Ed devoted his career to the education of young people, working for the Los Angeles City Schools as a shop teacher and as an administrator. Ed was remarkably talented in the arts; displaying his skills in the making of furniture, stained glass, painting, and creating metal sculptures. Ed had a deep love of family and nature. He loved raising his two children, Nina and Guy, and was deeply proud of the adults they became. He enjoyed landscaping his yards, tending to his gardens, and devoting his artistic energies to house improvement projects. Ed met his second wife, Dee, at a Parent's Without Partners meeting where they danced the entire evening with one another. They continued to "dance" together during the next thirty-five years: traveling the world, playing bridge and golf together, spending quiet evenings doing crossword puzzles, and simply living in the love they gave to one another. Ed's family is grateful to the wonderful staff at the Rosemont Memory Center who lovingly cared for him during the last two years of his life and to the end of life care given by Hospice of Santa Fe. A private gravesite memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be make to one of Ed's favorite charities, The Food Depot, or to a
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900