Mary L. Brenke


Mary L. Brenke, age 93 of Le Sueur, died on Monday, August 18, 2014 at her home in

Le Sueur surrounded by her family. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August

22 at St. Paul’s U.C.C. in Henderson with Rev. Jean Sidner officiating. Visitation will

be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur and

will continue one hour prior to service time at the church on Friday. Interment will be

in Mound Cemetery in Le Sueur with a lunch following the burial back at the church in


Mary was born on April 16, 1921 to Louis and Margaret (Carter) Rademacher in Le

Sueur County. She married Edwin “Ted” Brenke on January 11, 1947 at the St. Paul’s

Church of Christ parsonage in Henderson. They farmed in Henderson Township, Sibley

County for 15 years and moved to Le Sueur in 1963. Mary enjoyed watching the Twins,

playing cards, doing word search puzzles and visiting with and being around people. She

was also known for her baking back in her younger years and was especially known for

her special K bars and pies.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Lucy (Richard) Tupy of Le Sueur and Son, Ivan

(Merylee) Brenke of Excelsior; 7 grandchildren, Troy Jones, Joel (Julie) Jones, Tammy

(Jason) Borchardt, Nick (Chasity) Jones, Heather (Scott) Hornaman, Ryan Brenke and

Shawna (Virgil) Rannow, Jr.; 2 step-grandchildren, Kimberly and Kevin Johnson

16 great-grandchildren, Jordyn Douglas, Taylor Jones, Hunter & Gavin Jones, Alexander

Mitchell & Makenna Borchardt, Samantha & Brianna Jones, Eli Braun, Hunter, Kellen

& Noah Hornaman, Desiree, Megan & Cameron Rannow; 2 great great-grandchildren,

Landyn and Letti; siblings, Anna Mae Brenke of St. Peter, Joyce Arns of Shakopee and

Willmar (Mary) Rademacher of North Mankato and sister-in-law, Leona Rademacher of

Le Sueur.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin “Ted” Brenke; 4 brothers,

Harold, Edward, Bud and Allen Rademacher and step-grandson, Richard L. Tupy, Jr.