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Lavern H. Brenneman

Lavern H. Brenneman Obituary
YORK Lavern H. Brenneman, 95, affectionately known to loved ones as "Pops", passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011, at his residence. Born April 13, 1915, in Seven Valleys, he was the son of the late Harvey and Ella Brenneman. In 1938, he married his loving wife, Miriam, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Lavern was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam, his sister, Lottie Shryock, and his brother, Walter Brenneman. He is survived by his son, Jim Brenneman and his wife, Mary Jane of Ambler; his beloved grandchildren, Kathy Bishop and her husband, John and Steve Brenneman and his wife, Elaine; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Bishop, Andrew Bishop, Asa Brenneman, and Mia Brenneman; three nieces and three nephews. Lavern started barbering at his father's barber shop in Seven Valleys at age 9 and continued that through high school and college to finance his own education. In 1932, he graduated from York High School achieving scholarship honors and speaking at his commencement ceremony. In 1936, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gettysburg College. After graduation, he worked for York-Shipley, Inc. for 44 years where he was President and CEO for 17 years. Lavern served on many boards. He was Director and Vice-Chairman of Compu Dyne Corporation, Director of Shipley Energy for the past 72 years, founder and developer of B.S. and B., Inc. (North Gate Shopping Center), Director and President of the Manufacturers Association of York, Director of the Rotary Club of York, Director of the Chamber of Commerce of York, Director of the Dauphin Deposit Bank and Southern Pennsylvania Bank for 18 years, and Director of the Country Club of York. Lavern volunteered his energies to many local, state, and civic organizations. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church since 1941 and treasurer of the church since 1983. At Gettysburg College, he was President of the Alumni Association, served on the Board of Trustees for 24 years and was Chairman of the Board, and was an Honorary Life Trustee. Lavern was Director for 11 years and Chairman of the Board of the York Hospital. He was Director, President, and President Emeritus of the York Foundation; was a founding member and the chairman of the Endowment Development Committee of the Margaret E. Moul Home; and was the President and Treasurer for 22 years of the Wyntre Brooke South Condo Association. Among the honors received by Lavern were "Distinguished Pennsylvanian for the Year 1982", the Lavern H. Brenneman Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service to Gettysburg College and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from his alma mater. In 1961, he hosted President Dwight D. Eisenhower for golf at the Country Club of York. Lavern's favorite pastimes were golfing, following sporting events, and spending time with his immediate and extended family and friends. The Brenneman family extends their deepest gratitude to the Visiting Angels and AseraCare Hospice and many friends for their attentive and compassionate care of Lavern during his illness. A memorial service for Lavern will be held Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York, with his pastor, Rev. Kevin T. Shively, officiating. A visitation will follow the services Friday at the church. Graveside services and interment will be held privately for the family. The Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York, PA 17401 or to Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325. www.etzweiler.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Mar. 21, 2011
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