Donation in Memory of Jane Brenner

Donation in Memory of Jane Brenner

  • $25.00

Jane Brenner

Jane Segrest Brenner, age 90, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at her Punta Gorda residence.

Jane was born on Monday, August 18, 1930, in Tuskegee, Ala., to the late Doris (nee-Spradley) and Benjamin Howell Segrest. Raised in Baton Rouge, La., Mrs. Brenner attended Louisiana State University. In 1951, she married Chemical Engineer and Patent Attorney Edward John Brenner, originally from Wisconsin, who was employed at Esso in Baton Rouge, La. Mr. Brenner transferred to Esso (later Exxon) Research and Engineering in New Jersey, where the family lived in Westfield, N.J. When President Lyndon Johnson appointed Mr. Brenner to be the United States Commissioner of Patents in early 1964, the family relocated to the Washington, D.C. area. Then in 1981 they relocated to Punta Gorda, Fla.

Mrs. Brenner was active in the local community, having been involved in starting the local Domestic Violence Center (C.A.R.E.) and having served on the Boards of Directors of the local Mental Health Center and the Visual Arts Center Endowment Trust. She also served on the Punta Gorda City Council as well as Punta Gorda Vice-Mayor for one year and participated in Republican Party activities.

She was an avid and long-time genealogist and worked very hard to keep the Old Court House of Punta Gorda from being torn down. She was very proud that it became a beautiful centerpiece of the downtown area. She was a member of the Charlotte County Historical Advisory Committee. Mrs. Brenner was a past member of the Isles Yacht Club, the Burnt Store Country Club, the Visual Arts Center and the Board of Directors of the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens.

Jane is survived by her children, Beverly, Douglas, and Mary Brenner; son-in-law Mike Houser; grandchildren Joe, Drew, Matthew, Andrea and Mick; great-grandchildren Taylor and Colin. In addition to her parents Doris and Benjamin, Jane was also preceded in death by her husband Edward John Brenner, and a daughter, Carolyn Houser.

A memorial gathering for Jane will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Roberson Funeral Homes Chapel at 215 Mary St., Punta Gorda, Fla., 33950.

If you wish to donate in memory of Jane, please follow the instructions below:

To make a donation of any amount, click on a box under "Amount" above and select the amount you wish to donate from the drop down menu.  If you prefer an amount not listed, select "Variable Donation Amount" from the drop-down menu, then click "Add to Cart". When you are ready to check out and your shopping cart is open, either use the - and + symbols to change your quantity to the dollar amount you wish to donate, or enter the amount you wish to donate in the box and hit enter on your keyboard. For example, a donation of $30.00 should reflect a quantity of "30 x". Click "Checkout" when you are ready.

By selecting this box you are asking that your donation be in memory of Jane Brenner.  If you want your donation to go towards a special program or event,  please enter the information in the Special Instruction Box on the page after you click "Add To Cart."

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