Funeral services for Anita Brenneman, age 81, of Norfolk, Nebraska will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday morning December 4, 2021, at Grace Lutheran Church of Norfolk, Nebraska. Reverend Ray Wilke will officiate with burial to be in Prospect Hill Cemetery Norfolk, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Friday, December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. at Home for Funeral’s Funeral Chapel on Georgia Avenue.
Anita passed away peacefully at her home on November 27, 2021.
Anita (Liebsack) Brenneman was born on December 28, 1939 in Norfolk, Nebraska. Anita attended school in Norfolk, graduating from Norfolk High School in 1957 and the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 1961. She received her Master’s in Education Degree from Wayne State College in 1991.
Anita was united in marriage to Don F. Brenneman on July 2,1961 and to this union two sons were born, David of Summerset, S.D. and Richard of Sioux Falls, S.D.
During her many years of dedicated service at Northeast Community College, Anita was responsible for developing the Licensed Practical Nursing Program, the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the Early Childhood Education Program as well as the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. For these outstanding programs, Anita received the Nebraska Community College Association’s “Chief Executive Officers Award.”
Anita was very active in state organizations including the Nebraska Nurses Association as well as serving on the Nebraska League of Nursing Board of Directors.
Locally, she helped establish WELL-Link, a transitional program for women recovering from substance abuse, serving as president of the organization.
Anita won the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 1995 and was named “First Lady of the Year” by Beta Sigma Phi sorority in 1991. In 1992, she was honored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Dentistry and Nursing with its “Distinguished Service to Nursing Award” for her efforts to further nursing education in northeast Nebraska.
Anita served as chairperson for Faith Regional Hospital Board of Directors for a number of years.
She is survived by her sons, David, his wife Anita and sons Ethan and Logan, Richard, his wife Anita and their sons Trevor (Mariah) and Jack, and sister LaVada Dennis and her husband Ervin of Cedar Falls, Iowa, plus many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give thanks to Connie Bichlmier, Judy Armbruster and Larry Godel for all their love and support.
Presentation by the Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard. will follow the service at Grace Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be directed to the American Red Cross or Norfolk Good Neighbors.
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