Norman was born in Worcester, son of the late Fritz and Svea V.E. (Anderson) Brenner. Raised in Worcester, he graduated from North High School and later joined the United States Army, where he honorably served his country during the Korean Conflict.
Norman's professional career spanned 41 years with the former New England Telephone, now Verizon. Through those 41 years, he worked his way up through the company as a splice service technician, retiring in 1994 as a contract work inspector.
He was a faithful member and usher for the 7:30 Mass at St. Mary's Parish in Shrewsbury. He also belonged to the N.E. Telephone Pioneers, IEBW # 2325; the Vernon Hill VFW; the Grafton Hillers; and the Knights of Columbus # 4181 Adelphi Council, and was a valued member of the Shrewsbury Senior Softball Team.
In addition to his devoted wife of 57 years, Joan T. (Cooney) Brenner, he leaves his loving children, Patricia A. Bombard and her husband Robert of Charlton, Kurt T. Brenner and his wife Mary of Shrewsbury, Kevin M. Brenner and his wife Maureen of Shrewsbury, Kristopher B. Brenner and his wife Maryellen of Oxford, Kerry L. Brenner and his wife Jodi of Worcester, Karen K. Harvey and her husband Thomas of Paxton, Kim M. Brenner of Shrewsbury, Kyle J. Brenner and his wife Laurie of Sutton, Karl P. Brenner and his wife Charlene of Holden, and Kathleen J. Daige and her husband, Andrew of N. Brookfield; 26 grandchildren; a sister, Jean Orrell and her husband Don of Millbury; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Maria.
He enjoyed life and loved his family unconditionally; he will be deeply missed by all. The entire Brenner family wishes to extend their gratitude to the nurses of the VNA Care Network & Hospice for the compassionate care that was shown to Norman during his illness.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Mr. Brenner's family Monday, Feb. 17, from 4 – 7 p.m., in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. The members of the K of C Adelphi Council will perform their ritual at 6 p.m. His funeral will be from the funeral home Tuesday, Feb. 18, with his funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint John's Church Food Pantry, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.