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C. Robert Brezler Jr., 90

APRIL 2, 1922-SEPT. 9, 2012

September 10, 2012

Mr. C. Robert Brezler Jr., 90, of 945 Sunset Avenue, Waynesboro, Pa., entered into eternal rest at 8:01 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Quincy Village, where he was a short-time resident. He lived at his home on Marsh Road for 55 years prior to moving in with his daughter, Angela, in 2004.

Mr. Brezler was born April 2, 1922, in Waynesboro.

He was the son of the late C. Robert Sr. and Teresa (Murphy) Brezler.

Mr. Brezler and his late wife, Mrs. Mary E. (Donnelly) Brezler, were married April 15, 1942, in Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro. Mrs. Brezler died Nov. 9, 1993.

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific aboard the minesweeper USS YMS 70 and on the attack transport USS NAPA. The NAPA landed the first wave of Marines at Iwo Jima. The NAPA was then turned into a hospital ship and received back 300 wounded Marines a few hours after the landing. Mr. Brezler donated to the World War II museum all the letters he and his wife used to correspond back and forth while he was in the military. 

After attending St. Columbian’s Seminary in Silver Creek, N.Y., from 1936 through 1940, he was employed by his father in the family heating and air-conditioning business. In 1960, he and his brother-in-law, the late Spencer Cason, purchased the business from his father. Upon the death of Mr. Cason in 1983, he discontinued the business, which was started by his grandfather in 1910. He was also a subcontractor for Home Construction in Hagerstown for more than 30 years. Then, for many years, he and his wife operated Happy Hill Kennels in Waynesboro.

Mr. Brezler was a lifelong member of Saint Andrew Catholic Church and served on many committees within the church.

He was a member and past grand knight of Council No. 2068 of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of Joe Stickell American Legion Post No. 15, former BPO Elks Lodge No. 731, Renfrew and Industrial Museum and William Max McLaughlin VFW Post No. 695, all of Waynesboro; and the national AARP.

He is survived by eight children, Patrick D. Brezler and wife Anita, and Stephen A. Brezler, all of Waynesboro; C. Robert Brezler III and wife, Angela, of Chambersburg; Michael J. Brezler and wife, Allie, of Quincy, Pa.; Kevin G. Brezler and wife, Meg, of Boulder, Colo.; Susan M. Smith and husband, Steven, of Titusville, Fla.; Angela Mason of Waynesboro; and a foster son, Douglas M. Peters of Marion, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise West and Margaret Helfrick, both of Waynesboro, and Sister Georgia Brezler of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Mark A. Brezler; and a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Cason.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. John B. Bateman Jr. as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Waynesboro.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Lunch Place,100 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.

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