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.
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July 25, 2012
John, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Troy & Kerry Adzima
July 24, 2012
John and family, our thoughts are with you during the passing of your father.
Greg Filbeck
July 24, 2012
Dear Tina & Gillian,
We are sorry for your loss - and we are thankful to have had the pleasure of knowing this special man! With sympathy & love, Emily, K.C. & Nicholas
Emily Marshall
July 24, 2012
I have very special memories of playing and laughing at your house when Kunda and I were kids. I remember your home open to the world, what a special and exotic place. May warm memories of Mr Magenau be a blessing for you and many others forever.
Louis Tenenbaum
July 23, 2012
Tina, Our condolence on the lose of your father from Academy Class of 63'.
Jack Greenberg
July 23, 2012
We're so sorry to hear about Martin's passing. He was quite a guy, and a lof of fun to be around. May God comfort you, and may he and Sue share a cold one in heaven.
Chuck Evans
July 23, 2012
To Sir's wonderful family,
Sir's death is a huge loss. He was such a wonderful man-fun, kind, loving and generous. So sorry for your loss. You were so lucky to have him in your lives for so long
Mimi Jacobs
July 23, 2012
The Magenau Family, Sir was such a nice guy, he could warm anyones heart. In the summer of '77 I had the oppertunity just out of high school to be the tour guide at Koehler Brewery. Learned a lot and tasted a little. God Bless
Chris Bloomstine
July 23, 2012
Dearest Tina, John and Kunda - please accept my deepest condolences.
Pat Mertens
July 23, 2012
Your dad was a great guy. My deepest sympanthy,Jim Husted Jr.
July 22, 2012
To the Magenau Family,
I worked for the agency that took care of your mom before being moved to Sara Reed. Your parents were wonderful people gentle kind and friendly. Your dad will be missed I often think of him and his kind words. May God be with all of you.
Stacy Watson-Crenshaw
July 22, 2012
To Martin's family, I worked at Koehlers before I went to nursing school in 1973. Mr. Magenau was a wonderful person. I remet him more recently when my Father, Bill Miller, was at Sarah Reed. Our Fathers had a great relationship and enjoyed each others' company at SR. It was nice to meet your Dad after so many years. My prayers are with you.
Susan Miller Coronado Ca Erie Pa
Susan Miller
July 22, 2012
Dear Tina, John and Kunda,
My thoughts are with you and your families this morning. As a child, I spent so much time at your home and benefited from not only your friendship, Tina, but from you parents' generosity and guidance. Our world is smaller today.
Valerie Yeager Lex
July 22, 2012
Dear Tina and John,
My sincere sympathy to you and your families. Your father was a good neighbor and friend, back in the days when I was your babysitter.
Barbara Yeager Charles
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