Jeraldine L. "Jeri" Brenning

Feb 8, 2019
Brenning, Jeraldine Pink Ellipse


A Celebration of Life Gathering 4:30 - 7:30 Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at the Lighthouse Lounge, 1307 W. 5th Street, Waterloo


4:00 - 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, with a time of sharing starting 6:00 PM at Locke Funeral Home



In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to MercyOne Waterloo Cancer Treatment Center


Jeraldine L. “Jeri” Brenning, 72, of Waterloo, died Friday, February 8, 2019 at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.

She was born November 25, 1946 in Waterloo, daughter of John R., Sr. and Lorene Mae Embrey Proctor. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1965 and from Pitzies Cosmetology school in 1966.

Jeri married William Leonard "Bill" Brenning; they later divorced. She then married Bob Wehmeyer; they later divorced. She met Bill Ruder in 2009 and they were engaged in October 2018.

She was a cosmetologist for several years; she also worked at Home Shopping Network for several years. Jeri was a para-educator in the Waterloo Community School District for 10 years.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Wednesday Night Ladies Club.

Jeri loved music and dancing. Her grandchildren were the center of her life and she loved supporting them in all their activities. Shopping was a favorite pastime, especially with a coupon! She was a social butterfly and loved adding new friends to her network. Time spent with her family and friends was always cherished.

Survived by her son, Troy Brenning of Ankeny; her daughter, Traci (Sean) Hewitt of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Hunter and Sydney Brenning of Ankeny, Jacob Hewitt of Columbia‚ MO, and Hannah Hewitt of Waterloo; a brother, John "Butch" (Jeannie) Proctor of Elk Run Heights; and her Fiancé, Bill Ruder of Waterloo.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

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  1. Janice Hartz | Feb 22, 2019
    Jeri and i worked together many many years ago st Phrones. We were pregnant togethet and Jeri came to visit me after my daughter was born n June of 1971. She wasvery supportive of me and i will always remember her kindness! She went through slot of trials in her life and i am glad she has found peace. I know she missed her Mom a lot and now she is with her!  To her children and family i send prayers for strength and comfort as only God can give! Your Mom was a little power house and always faced her challanges with a smile and determination!  May God always bless you Jeri!
  2. Nina & Jon Jermann | Feb 13, 2019
     To the family of Jeri, We are so sorry for your loss. Jeri and Nina always enjoyed playing dueling tambourines with George Clark at his gigs. Jeri loved music. We were both class mates of Jeri's from East High 1965. She will be missed. 
  3. Tammy Nielsen Spier | Feb 12, 2019

    My prayers are with the family. Jeri was a very special lady; really appreciated her

    beautiful smile and openness. She will always be with us in a special way. 

  4. Luanne Stumme Butterfield | Feb 12, 2019
    Aunt Jeri always had a special place in my heart.    We shared the same day for our birthdays and I always thought of her on that day .   Jeri's smile was contageous.  Kelly said it best that Jeri always lit up a room.  My love to the family . 
  5. Alice Anders | Feb 11, 2019
    so sorry to hear about Jeri.  My ex-husband and I use to hang out with her and Bill Brenning and a group of friends back in the 70's.  Had lots of fun.  She was a great hostess. 
  6. Shauni Williams | Feb 11, 2019

    My condolences go to the family of this beloved lady. I worked with Jeri and always enjoyed sitting next to her in the break room at Hoover. She had a smile that would light your day and a cool sense of humor. 

    She will be missed.

  7. Anne Stratton&Dave Johnson | Feb 11, 2019
    Our sincerest sympathy to Bill. You two were a fantastic couple, loved your dancing.
  8. Barb Parker | Feb 11, 2019
    To Traci,Sean,family------we send or deepest sympathy to you all and a huge hug. So very saddened by the passing of your mom.  There are no words to ease your heart's pain but hoping by others reaching out it can help in a small way. May your golden memories that fill your heart ,help  with each coming day.We love you guys and have you in our prayers. Your mom was a warm and wonderful people person. Take care! Love and caring wishes. Barb and Dave Parker
  9. G | Feb 10, 2019
     To the family during this time of grief. It is very difficult to cope when those we loved are taking away in death. Almighty God (Psalm 83:18) promised at John 5:28 & 29, that we can have the opportunity to see our loved ones again in perfect health on a peaceful earth. (Psalm 37:29) Yes, the resurrection will be a reality with  the others promises the Bible holds out to honest hearted individuals. Hope these loving promises will be comforting to you.
  10. vicki (stoler)peterson | Feb 10, 2019

     my thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.. I went to school with Jeri

    and remember her as always smiling and a great sense of humor.  

  11. Kelly | Feb 09, 2019
    Aunt Jeri lit up the room when she was there. She always made me smile. I have so many good memories of her. Many of her cooking so many different things. Her laugh, her smile will always be in my heart. My love to the family.
  12. F. Ward | Feb 09, 2019

    "May the Father tender mercies be with you all as you morn the passing of Mrs. Brenning. Through his Word He

    promises relief from the emptiness and pain of loss. I pray you are as strengthened by this hope as I have been

    in my times of loss" Revelation 21:5, John 5:28,29,

  13. Tom and Gloria | Feb 08, 2019
    Geri was a wonderful, fun loving , and caring person.  She lived life to the fullest.  Always a smile on her face.  She will be truly missed by her friends.

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