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Obituary: Brennan Patrick Bedner

As received from the Jacobson Funeral Home

Brennan Patrick Bedner, age 53, of Baraga, passed away unexpectedly on November 13, 2019, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Upper St. Clair, PA on March 2, 1966 to Patrick and Joyce (Lubrani) Bedner. He was born with a congenital heart defect, in which he had no pulmonary artery.

Brennan graduated from Peters Twp High School in 1984 and received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from West Virginia University in 1987. He then moved to Baraga, Michigan in 1988. He married the former Mary Wadaga in 1989, and had two loving girls, Erica Rae and Kelly Jo who all meant the world to him.

Brennan was very involved in the Baraga Community, in which he served on the Baraga Area School Board, Bay Ambulance Board, and was active in school activities. He was also a substitute teacher for many years and especially enjoyed talking with the students. Brennan was a social butterfly, whether it be running into him at the casino, grocery store, post office, etc. He had a love for sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, in addition to the West Virginia, Michigan, and Michigan State teams.

His smile and laughter were contagious, and definitely reached many individuals in the community. Brennan was the kind of guy that would do anything for anyone. He was kind and welcoming, and had a larger than life personality. His heart condition may have stopped him from doing many things throughout life, but Brennan had boundless perseverance and performed and achieved many things that people thought he couldn’t do because of his condition.

Brennan is survived by his wife Mary (Wadaga) Bedner of Baraga, children Erica Rae (Niko Banks) and Kelly Jo (Kevin Desjarlais) both of East Lansing, parents Patrick and Joyce Bedner of Bridgeville, PA, sister Loran (Rob) Sehnert of McMurray, PA, brother Ryan (Ann) Bedner of Niceville, FL, mother-in-law Peggy Wadaga, brothers-in-law Gary (Linda) Wadaga, Ron (Cathy) Wadaga, Pat (Cindy) Wadaga, sister-in-law Angel Wadaga all of Baraga, several nieces and nephews, and his buddies the grand kitties. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, father-in-law Ray Wadaga, and brother-in-law Brian Wadaga.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 17th from 2-4:00 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. His funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. with Fr. Dustin Larson officiating. A luncheon will follow at St Ann’s church at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery at a later date. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may sign Brennan’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com

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