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Obituary (VA): John David Brenkus '65

Posted on 09/12/2018

John David Brenkus, 76, of Haymarket, VA, passed away September 1, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born February 19, 1942 in Kingston, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John Brenkus and Mary Repak Brenkus. On June 20, 1964 in Wilkes Barre, PA, he married the former Rosemarie Czoch, who survives.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Rosemarie Brenkus of Haymarket, VA; one daughter, Mary Brenkus Stern and her husband, Mickey, of Haymarket, VA and their two children, Luke and Lexie; and one son, John D. Brenkus II and his wife, Lizzie, of Park City, UT and their two children, Bryce and Arabella.

John served as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963 and received an honorable discharge. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1961-1963 where he was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps. He received a Business Administration degree from Georgetown University in 1967 and proudly served on the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Committee for multiple years. He also received a Master of Management Information Systems from American University in 1971.

John began his career in product sales planning and operations for Honeywell, Inc. He then spent twenty years with the U.S. Government focusing on information systems procurements and acquisitions for the Department of Treasury, General Accounting Office, and General Services Administration. He then transitioned to the telecommunications industry and spent ten years securing land for telecommunications towers. While searching for land as part of his job, John found the property in Haymarket where his family built their current home and still resides. John rounded out his professional career as a real estate agent for Weichert Realty, where he always enjoyed meeting new people and helping clients purchase properties.

John willingly served the communities in which his family lived. John served on the Town of Vienna Planning Commission from 1973-1992 and served as Chairman from 1980-1981. His favorite volunteer time was spent as coach for Vienna Little League Baseball. He also served as a member of the Prince William Country Board of Zoning Appeals and the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary for many years. John greatly enjoyed doing any activity that was outdoors and brought him close to nature and animals. He loved gardening and landscaping, tending to wild birds and deer, being with his dogs, and woodworking.

A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 23331 Sam Fred Rd., Middleburg, VA 20117. A celebration and reception will immediately follow at Evergreen Country Club, 15900 Berkeley Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may take the form of a donation to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (, 8830 Cameron St #201, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 20047 (, or the St. Katharine Drexel Mission Building Fund, 4100 Mill Creek Road, Haymarket, VA 20169 (

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, under the direction of Michael Post. Please sign the guestbook at

Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center
10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA 20110
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