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Brantner, Max W. - Genoa, Il  
Max W. Brantner Born: July 1, 1925; in Lanark, IL Died: April 27, 2015; in Naples, FL Max White Brantner, age 89, of Genoa, formerly of Sycamore, died Monday, April 27, 2015 in Naples, Florida. He was born July 1, 1925, in Lanark, Illinois, the son of Benjamin M. and Hassie Mae White Brantner. He married Elizabeth Ann (Shaner) on May 17, 1947 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They were married for 49 years before she passed away on May 9, 1997. Later, Max married Ann Marie Morris on January 17, 1999, and she was his loving companion until his passing. Max grew up on a farm in Lanark, along with nine other siblings. After graduating from high school in 1944, he served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service from 1946-1947. From there, he and his wife Liz lived in DeKalb, while Max earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1952. Max was a teacher and administrator in Sheridan and LaMoille, Illinois. In 1964, he was hired as principal of Southeast school in Sycamore until 1966, when he transitioned to assistant superintendent of schools until his retirement in 1984. Max was never one to sit around and was actively involved in the community; organizations that he served in include Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador's Club, Northern Illinois Phi Delta Kappa, Northwestern Illinois Association, Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, and Voluntary Action Center. In 1997, he was humbled and honored to receive the Clifford Danielson Award. Additionally, Max held many volunteer positions at Sycamore United Methodist Church and also played on the church baseball team. After retirement, Max kept active by volunteering for Meals on Wheels, as a MedVAC driver, TransVAC driver, a local election judge, and of course, having coffee each morning with his friends, and making the rounds to see his children. He enjoyed winters in Naples, Florida, making many friends and perfecting his golf game. Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie Morris; three children, Mike (Gail) Brantner, Cindy (Mark) Minnihan, all of Sycamore, and Nancy Brantner (Steve Yocum), Lewis Center, Ohio; three stepchildren, Kim (David) Eaton, of McLean, II, Tina Trompeter, and Becky (Lou) Davia all of Kalamazoo, MI; three siblings, Herbert Brantner of Lenox, IA, Becky (Virgil) Coomes of Freeport, IL and Mary (Lou) Henson of Champaign, IL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Liz; a son, Scott; 3 brothers and 3 sisters; and a son-in-law, Mark Trompeter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at Sycamore United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., at the church. Memorials can be made to the "Max Brantner Memorial Fund" and mailed to 1802 Dovetail Pt., Sycamore, IL 60178
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on May 22, 2015
Burno, Jene M. - Marengo  
Jene Burno Born: Dec. 3, 1970 Died: May 14, 2015 Jene Michael Pollow Burno passed away suddenly on May 14, 2015. He was born December 3, 1970 to James V. & Judith M. (nee Tveit) Burno and lived in Union until he married Kendra Paige Epping on October 1, 1994, and moved to Genoa. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed working several years at Woodstock Auto Body & had been a dedicated U.S. Postal employee for more than 15 years. He enjoyed working on cars, spending any free time boating & fishing with his family up north at their "home away from home" on the lake. He was a self taught "Mr. Fix-it Man", his friends and family came to rely upon him to help with all of their projects. He enjoyed autocross with his dream car and rehabbing houses with his wife and kids. He is survived by his wife, Kendra; sons, J & Michael; parents, Jim & Judy; father-in-law, Hugh Epping; grandpa, Burno; brothers, John, Joel and Jeffrey (Lori); his niece and nephews; great nieces and great nephew, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother-in-law, several uncles and one niece. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Marengo-Union funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy. Marengo and will continue from 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 21, until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 6821 S. Main St. Union. Memorials may be given to charity of ones' choice or the family will choose a charity at a later date. Online condolences visit www.marengo-unionfuneralhome.com .
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