Obit: Rosa Margaretta Hofmann Brenner Wion

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Rosa Margaretta Hofmann Brenner Wion
(July 20, 1920 – May 6, 2012)

Rosa Margaretta Hofmann Brenner Wion, 91 of Tipp City passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Belle Manor Nursing Home, New Carlisle, Ohio. Born July 20, 1920 to Wilhelm August and Clara {Hain} Hofmann in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

Rosa’s father left for America in 1928 landing at Ellis Island. He moved to Dayton, Ohio where he was a Barber. Rosa, her Mom and sister Irmgard traveled to Bremenhaven where they caught a ship to America and arrived at Ellis Island on June 25, 1929. They resided in Dayton, Ohio. Rosa started third grade not knowing the English language. She had a very good teacher who helped her learn the language after school. Her favorite subjects were English, Phys. Ed. and Art. She met Robert George Brenner while attending the Parker Co-op program. Robert was learning to be a Tool Maker. He was a football star at Stivers High School, Dayton, Ohio. She married Robert in 1939.

He worked at Frigidaire as a toolmaker. Robert knew Rosa’s love for horses and he bought her the home at Crane Rd., Tipp City, Ohio so she could have her horses. After Robert’s death she married Everett “Sid” Wion. Rose was very active in Eastern Star, Amaranth and a member of the Methodist Church in Tipp City. She loved bowling, painting and riding her horse. She was active in the political poles for years, serving on the Rotary. She tried to visit her homeland (Germany) whenever she could. She visited the Holy Land. She is a lifetime member of the Liederkranz (German organization) in Dayton, Ohio where she sang in the choir.

Rose is preceded in death by her parents , her first husband Robert Brenner, two grandchildren Cheryl and Chuckie Potts, her sister Irmgard Hofmann Canter Horton, her nephew Rick Canter, two step children; Becky and Jeff Wion. Rose is survived by her husband Everett “Sid” Wion, her daughters; Peggy (Bill) Caddell of Cantonment, FL, Rosa Lee (Don) Gilliam of New Carlisle, OH, Bonnie (Joe) Conradi of Chantilly, VA and son Robert (Linda) Brenner Jr. of Farmersville, CA.

Rose is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Clinton Potts, Robin Potts Decanini, Kim Gilliam, Karla Hammonds, Krista Tebbe, Ty Vance Maraney, Kirsta Bebar, Joseph Conradi, Alison McBeth, Sean and Richard Brenner. Rose has 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She is also survived by her niece Rebecca (Billy) Cauthen of Lancaster, SC, 2 step children; Kim and Kelly Wion. 6 step grandchildren; Andy & Carolyn Heidt, Lesley, Rebecca, Kelsey and Michelle Monce. Funeral service will be held on Friday May 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 W. Main St., Pastor Bonita Wood officiating, burial to follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation 9 to 11:00 AM prior to the service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to FRINGS AND BAYLIFF FUNERAL HOME 327 W. Main St. Tipp City, Ohio 45371

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