NEWPORT, R.I. – George Brenner, 78, a prominent area realtor since 1967, died Feb. 20. He was the husband of Diane M. (Daigle) Brenner. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of the late Ernest and Elinor (Schwartz) Brenner and step-son of the late Marsha Brenner. A graduate of Somerville High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Class of 1958, he served in both the Marine Corps and the Navy during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was the owner of Brenner Realtors in Westport, Mass. and Newport, R.I. and was formerly employed by Larry Nunes Real Estate in Middletown, R.I.
He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the VFW, the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of Westport. He was a trustee of the Fall River Five Cents Savings Bank, a director of the USS Massachusetts Battleship Memorial Committee, former director of the Greater Fall River United Way, former board member of the Moby Dick Council of the Boy Scouts, member of the Westport Lions Club, past president of the Fall River Lions Club and a member of the Fall River Lodge of Elks for 43 years. He was past president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the Greater Fall River Association of Realtors, and past vice president of the New England Region of the National Association of Realtors. He was a former member of the US Small Business Administration Advisory Board of Greater Boston Council, and the Single Family Advisory Board, Mass. Housing Finance Agency. He was the former tax assessor for the Town of Portsmouth, R.I. and was a past chairman of the Westport Master Plan Updating Committee.
Along with his beloved wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Alexson and her husband Andrew of Ipswich, Mass., Karen Brenner Leslie and her husband Matthew of Westwood, Mass., Robert Brenner and his wife Dara of Atlanta, Ga., Judith Uphold of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jeffrey Brenner and his wife Melissa of Wakefield, Mass.; his sisters Nancy DeAngelo and her husband Floyd of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., Barbara Brenner-Morris and her husband Edward of Bellingham, Wash., Patricia Mostert and her husband Christopher of Malibu, Calif., and Susan Brenner of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and his grandchildren William, Holly, Jeffrey, Kyle, Jared, Noah, Samuel, Jaron, Grace and Abbey. He was also the father of the late Eric Brenner. The family requests no flowers, but donations in his memory may be made to United Way of R.I., 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909 or Make-A-Wish, 20 Hemingway Dr., East Providence, RI 02915.
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Martin Dronzek, 82, died Feb. 23 at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Marcia (Wintner) Dronzek for 49 years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Joseph and Esther (Lansky) Dronzek, he had lived in East Greenwichfor 35 years. He spent his career as a tax attorney. He was also a Navy veteran. He was a member of Temple Sinai. Father of Ellen Orkin and her husband Jonathan of Canton, Mass. and Jeff Dronzek and his wife Jennifer of East Greenwich, R.I. Brother of Donald Dronzek of Calif. and Eileen Turoff of Ohio. Grandfather of Emily, Abigail, Amanda and Danielle. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Sinai or Miriam Hospital Oncology Unit.
NEW BEDFORD, MASS. – David Finger passed away Feb. 17 after a long and courageous battle with diabetes and related illnesses. Although seriously ill for the past few years, he never gave up and always kept his sense of humor.
He was the son of the late Louis and Rubye Finger, and he resided in Dartmouth for most of his life. He was a graduate of Dartmouth High School and Roger Williams University. He was the husband of Dianne and father of Daniel Finger and Lisabeth Foley. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Lisa Ann Davis, and two loving granddaughters, Avrah Claire Foley and Maggie Leigh Sullivan. Other family members who loved and supported him include Linda and Ernie Ross, Nancy Labrecque and Chad Bonville, and Tracey and Richard Ramos.
According to his wishes, funeral arrangements were private. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Humane Society, 31 Ventura Dr., No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
WARWICK, R.I. – Richard W. Germain, 75, died Feb. 21 at R.I. Hospital. He was the husband of Karen (Gleckman) Germain for 34 years. Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late William E. and Beatrice (Caplette) Germain, he had lived in Warwick for 45 years, previously residing in Providence. He was a maintenance supervisor for several years. Step-father of Susan Twardowski and her husband, Robert, and Rayna Breitenbecker and her husband, Erick, all of Johnston, and father of Linda Stabile and her husband, Michael, of North Smithfield and Greggory Germain and his wife, Jessica, of Sandwich, Mass. Brother of Lorraine Falls of Smithfield. Grandfather of Robert, Mandy and Eli. Contributions in his memory may be made to American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 or Yankee Golden Retriever Club, 140 Ridge Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.