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March 18, 2018

Mark W. Breneman

A Celebration of Life for Mark W. Breneman will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm, Saturday, March 3rd at the Byron Funeral Home (1620 Voll Drive NW - Byron, MN 55920).

Mark passed away at 12:40 pm on Tuesday, February 27th at Methodist hospital in Rochester while undergoing treatment for Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.

Mark leaves as his legacy an extremely loving and close-knit family consisting of his wife, Alyce, son Aaron and wife Rachel Lense, daughter Rachel and husband Eric Wood, and daughter Ingrid and husband Zack Youmans and son Jude. Both Rachel and Ingrid will soon be blessing this family with two additional grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Kris and husband Douglas Fuller, sister Susan and husband Paul Doster, and his brother David and wife Julie Breneman, along with many nieces and nephews. Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

Mark was born in Minneapolis on March 2nd, 1948. From age 2 months to 11 years the family lived in Virginia and Pennsylvania. They returned to Minnesota in 1959, settling on a family farm near Trimont. He graduated from Trimont High School in 1966 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1970 with a focus on German. After studying linguistics at the University of Minnesota, he worked on his father's dairy farm until 1986, after which the family relocated to Byron. Mark became a Certified Financial Planner in 1990 and received a Master of Science from the College for Financial Planning in 1992. In 2007, at age 60, he received his Juris Doctorate from Hamline University. He opened his Byron Law practice in 2013 with a focus on elder law, estate planning, and disability planning. Through the years Mark was involved with Rotary Club, was on the boards of the Madonna Towers, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Byron Chamber of Commerce.

Mark was a connoisseur of knowledge who loved language, literature, golf, and sharing food and wine with good company. He was a loving person and will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the Breneman family asks that donations be made to the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Research fund.

Byron Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at

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