John Martin Magenau Jr.
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John Martin Magenau, Jr., 95 years old, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1917, the son of the late John Martin Magenau, Sr. and Florence Koehler Magenau and brother of the late Jackson David Magenau and Ruth Bertha Magenau. He was married for 65 years to Carol Spiller Magenau until her death in 2006. He is survived by two daughters, Martina Magenau Jacobs and Kunda Magenau, and a son, John Martin Magenau, III, as well as grandchildren, Gillian MacLaren Jacobs, John Martin Magenau, IV, Andrew Jackson David Magenau and Kyle MacLaren Brennan and great-grandson, Julian David Magenau. Martin was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Siebel Institute of Brewing, and served as President and CEO of the Erie Brewing Company until its closing in 1978. He was a gentleman in the traditional sense and a "gentle man" in heart, both kind and generous, who enjoyed his fruitful life with friends and family. Contributions in Martin's memory may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, or Sarah Reed Retirement Center, 227 West 22nd Street, Erie, PA 16502-2689. Friends will be invited to join Martin's family in a celebration of his life which will be held at a future date. Condolences may be sent at

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Published in Erie Times-News on Jul. 22, 2012.