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Willis W. Brenenstuhl

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Willis W. Brenenstuhl, 81, a longtime resident of Pine Valley Road, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at the Hoosick Falls Health Center following a short illness.

Born in Hoosick Falls, Jan. 31, 1925, Mr. Brenenstuhl was the son of the late Arba J. and Mabel (Kautz) Brenenstuhl and the husband for 42 years of Shirley (Griffith) Brenenstuhl of Hoosick Falls who survives.

Mr. Brenenstuhl attended Hoosick Falls High School.

In April 1943 he entered the Army where he worked as a medical technician in both the Pacific Theater and in the States. He earned the rank of sergeant, was an expert rifle marksmen and awarded several service medals before being honorable discharged in February 1946.

For 20 years he worked as a tanner at the former North Pownal Tanning Co. and more recently as a self-employed carpenter. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Brenenstuhl loved nature and being outdoors; his favorite hobbies were hunting and measuring deer antlers for hunting record books.

In addition to his beloved wife, Shirley, he is survived by two stepsons and their wives, James E. and Diane Griffith of Cambridge, and Steven A. and Teri Griffith of Hoosick Falls, a brother, J. Arab Brenenstuhl of Hoosick Falls, a sister, Elva Fisk of North Hoosick, three grandchildren, Jessica, James and John, a great-grand daughter, Jordyn, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Veterans Cemetery in Schuylerville at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hoosick Falls Health Center, 21 Danforth St., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090, in memory of Willis W. Brenenstuhl.

Funeral service details are under the direction of the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 N.Y. Route 7, located in Raymertown.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 30, 2006
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