Jan lived a remarkable and colorful life. He was a competitive athlete, an exceptional student, an influential investor and advisor, and a loving husband and father. He graduated from Belleville West High School in 1953, serving as a key member of both the football and track teams. He continued his studies and his football career at Princeton University, graduating in 1957. He built a successful wealth management practice in Belleville, IL, serving his clients faithfully for over fifty years before retiring in 2007. Jan had a deep appreciation and love for music, history, food, and wine. He will be remembered for his character, his generosity, his love of life, and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Edith Catherine Brechnitz; and his parents, George and Edith, nee Carl, Brechnitz.
He is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Shirley Compton Brechnitz;
his son and daughter-in-law, K.C and Susan Brechnitz;
his three wonderful grandchildren, Mimi, Greta, and Larson Brechnitz;
his brother, Erik C. Brechnitz and wife Nancy;
and niece and nephews, Beth Brechnitz and husband Brian,
Chris Brechnitz, and Erik C. Brechnitz Jr.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: After brief readings in celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday, a funeral procession will leave from the funeral home for a graveside service at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.
Shirley and Family so sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our prayer in the coming days. Love and God Bless.
Denice Dedert Baker, Falcon, Mo., 65470
We are sorry to hear of Jan’s passing and remember him as a fine example of excellence in a long and outstanding career serving the needs of his vast clientele. We pray that his family will find comfort in his fine example of a life well lived.
Mike and Nanette Finkle, Marco Island, FL, 34145
Shirley, K.C. and Family, We are very saddened by the loss of Jan. Having grown up with Jan as friends and business partners,he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless Tom and Bev
Tom & Bev Zwetschke, Venice, Florida, 34293
Shirley, Please accept my deep condolences for your loss. God bless you.
jane boyer reeb, new baden, il, 62265
Shirley – We are very sorry to hear about Jan. He was one of the first I met at Princeton in 1953. A great guy and good friend. I am just sorry we didn’t connect except at reunions. Our prayers go with you.
Dick & Peggy Robbins, Sarasota, Florida, 34235
Shirley – I was sad to learn of Jan’s death. I cannot attend his visitation tomorrow
but I will be thinking of you and your family. Jan was a fine man.
Barbara Brennan, Belleville, Illinois, 62223
My sympathy on the loss of Jan.
May the loving memories of your life together give you peace.
God Bless and Keep You.,
Rose Hall, Belleville, Illinois,