Brenda L. Ray
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Brenda L. Ray

Apopka, FL - (nee Plamann) Of Apopka, FL, formerly of Wauwatosa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at age 56. Wife to Jonathan Ray for 28 years and mother of Kate (26) and Allison (21) Ray. Daughter of Duane "Duke" and Charlotte Plamann and sister of Steve (Rhonda) Plamann and Greg (Sharon) Plamann, all of Appleton. Daughter-in-law of Gerald and Carol Ray and sister-in-law of David (Edye) Ray and Beth (Eric) Westlund. Further survived by nieces, a nephew, other family, colleagues and many dear friends.

Brenda was born and raised in Appleton and then lived in the Milwaukee area for over 30 years, before moving to Central Florida in 2016. She was an amazing wife, nurturing and encouraging mother, a savvy business woman and a bright light to everyone she met. Brenda worked as a court reporter throughout her career. She owned and operated Ray Reporting in Milwaukee for 15 years, and also worked for two national court reporting firms. She was a Director of Business Development for U.S. Legal Services at the time of her death.

A Memorial Service will be held St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1615 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Memorial visitation at noon until the time of Service.

Please consider a memorial donation in Brenda's name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance,




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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Jan. 28, 2018.
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February 5, 2018
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14*
February 5, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. Although your grief may seem unbearable, know that God wants to comfort you. Pour out your heart to him in prayer and experience the peace that only he can give. Jeremiah 29:11*

February 5, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jon and his family. Brenda will be truly missed but she will always be with all of you. A wonderful person for sure. Always smiling and laughing. Stay strong for each other.
Barbara Ewert
February 4, 2018
Dear John and family,

We were deeply saddened to hear about Brenda's passing this week. A dear Ulster Project friend, we shared four weeks together, celebrating and supporting our Northern Irish friends and teens with our own teenage children. Brenda was a lovely bright light for all of us and I will always treasure the kind conversations we had and good laughs we shared. She is a forever gem now living on in our hearts. John, may love and support surround you. Reach in our direction at anytime, we're here for you and your family.

Love, Patty, Michael, and Jared Marchant
Patricia Marchant
February 3, 2018
We were saddened to hear of Brenda's passing. Our deepest sympathies to Jon, Kate and Allie during this difficult time. Wishing you comfort and peace from the memories and love that your family shares.

Thoughts and Prayers,

Paul & Laura Gouvion
Laura Gouvion
February 2, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Our deepest sympathy to Jonathan and family.
Sally Fry Bruch
February 2, 2018
I am deeply saddened by the passing of this bright light in my life. I knew Brenda as a neighboring tenant, a fellow entrepreneur. Her advice was excellent, savvy, helpful and usually funny; but I am missing her friendship most of all. I share the grief of Jonathan, Kate and Allie.
William Sell
January 29, 2018
Beyer Reporting, Inc. Sharon Kay Beyer
January 29, 2018
My deepest sympathies to Jonathan and family. A colleague for 20 years, I knew Brenda professionally; yet, our phone conversations were always fun and personal, and I send light and love to all who seek comfort from her transition. The stars are brighter tonight because she is glowing in Heaven. God bless.
Sharon Kay Beyer
January 29, 2018
What an incredible lady! Brenda was not only the best boss anyone could ever ask for, but she was an even greater friend! Her kindness and generosity was only matched by her incredible spirit, joy, and the sense of humor she brought to everything she did! She will be greatly missed here on Earth, but I can't wait for the day we meet again in heaven! My thoughts and prayers go to the whole family in this difficult time!
Cindy Braun
January 29, 2018
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January 28, 2018
Brenda's light will always warm my heart and soul. Words cannot begin to describe my grief or my condolences to everyone who loves her.
Jody Carman
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