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Janet Lucille (Souder) Brenneman

December 26, 1937 — April 4, 2020


Janet Lucille (Souder) Brenneman

Devoted Mother and Grandmother -

Janet Lucille (Souder) Brenneman, age 82, of Mechanicsburg, passed away at home while being comforted by her loving family on Saturday, April 4, 2020, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.  Janet was born on Sunday, December 26, 1937, in Mechanicsburg, to the late Margaret A. (Ritter) Souder and George O. Souder.

Janet’s survivors include her loving husband of over 56 years, Forrest “Duke” Brenneman; her two children: Karen Howard of Mechanicsburg and Forrest Kent Brenneman of Mechanicsburg; her three grandchildren: Janelle Howard, Adam Howard, Cole Brenneman; her four brothers: G. Lee Souder, Ronald Souder, Steven Souder, Robert Souder; and several nieces and nephews.

Janet graduated from Cumberland Valley High School as part of its first graduating class in 1955.  She was a lifelong member of First Church of God in Mechanicsburg.  Janet worked for Bell Telephone as a card processor for 10 years before taking time to raise her children.  She later enjoyed dipping ice cream at Rakestraw’s Ice Cream in Mechanicsburg for 15 years and loved meeting and talking to people while preparing and serving food samples at local Giant Food Stores for 12 years.  Janet found her passion for crafting; at first making Christmas ornaments which evolved into creating wreaths for all holidays and seasons.  Janet was actively involved with her grandchildren, and her family will miss her dearly.

All are welcome to join Janet’s family for her virtual gathering of family and friends and service via video chat on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 2:45 p.m. until time of service at 3:30 p.m. with Reverend Tracy A. Conner officiating.  Private interment will be in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  Cremation was private.

Contributions in celebration of Janet’s life can be made to Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050,; or to Pink Hands of Hope, 5325 East Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050;

Janet’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  They suggest that family and friends read Janet’s full obituary, view her memorial video, offer their condolences, share their stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a memorial candle, express a sentiment and sign her guest book by visiting Janet’s official obituary page at


Virtual Gathering via Video Chat

You are invited to join Janet's family via video chat on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

We use Zoom for internet video chat and telephone conference calling.  There is no charge for you to participate.  Simply click on the link below or dial the telephone number below to be connected to the event.

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Join by telephone:   415-762-9988   or   646-568-7788   and enter meeting number 829 024 178

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