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Alene Brehm Waneck

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December 28, 1952 ~ April 16, 2023

Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Alene Waneck’s journey on earth ended on April 16, 2023, at the age of 70. She was born on the morning of December 28, 1952. She was the third child of Ann Marie Jupe and Ollie Brehm. Alene was the first daughter in three generations of the Louis Brehm Family. Alene and her siblings (Larry, Gene and Karen) were raised in a 1920-vintage farmhouse built by her grandparents, Ollie and Lillie Noll Brehm. It was located just southeast of San Antonio “In the country.” Her unique childhood experiences included plucking the feathers off the fresh-killed chickens, driving a tractor during the summer corn harvest, cleaning and packing eggs when the family operated a 400-hen egg farm, cleaning a dance hall and bowling lanes and chasing cows off the roads. She was educated at Holy Name Elementary, St Gerard High School and attended Our Lady of the Lake University. She was a woman of many talents and passions. She enjoyed vacations with family, quilting, an avid reader and of course the family card game “pitch”. She was very involved in her family’s activities to include baseball, bowling, tennis, coronation dress making and attending horse shows. She was an animal lover and cats always had a special place in her heart. Alene was slender but strong, while bowling, she used a 16-lb bowl and had a back-swing that went high above her head. For twenty years her Daddy managed a social club. This is where she would spend many years working and playing. This is also where she would meet the Love of Her Life, Kenny Waneck a pin boy that worked at “the bowling alley”. Kenn and Alene were married on April 19, 1975 and built a house on the family property close to the households of her parents and siblings. She raised a loving family and taught them to cherish relationships as they will be an important part of life. Her two children were part of Ollie and Ann Brehm’s nine grandchildren that seemed to always be together at almost all activities. To this day, the Brehm family have continued to stay close, enjoying family events and celebrating holidays together.

In 1973, Alene and her mother Ann, established a printing operations in the garage behind the family home. In 1981, they bought property off of Highway 410 and opened 410 Printing Center. In 1982, sister, Karen, joined the business. For over 45 years, the company was the center of Alene’s professional life. “The Office” was also the center of activity for the family and continues to this day. “The Office” served as a place for the printing and photography, and the location where she would meet with her beloved clients. This also served as family rendezvous point, it would not be uncommon to see extended family, children and grandchildren hard at work and play. She was thankful and blessed to have Karen (KK), her sister, best friend, business partner, neighbor, and confidant by her side for 67 years.

Alene’s had a full and wonderful life. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Waneck, Son Matthew (Katherine Silvestrini) Waneck, daughter, Jessica (Matthew) Bynum. Her four grandchildren Aubry and Kinley Waneck, Travis and Theodore Bynum. Also surviving are siblings: Larry (Deborah Rhode) Brehm, Gene (Vicki West) Brehm and Karen (Jerry) Mainz, plus seven nieces and nephews, their spouses, and children. With Alene’s death we lose a pillar of “The Brehm Clan”. Also surviving are In-laws: Donald Waneck, Martha (Norvin Jr) Albert, Peggy (Dennis) Nace, and Mary Waneck Duelm and their extended families. Also the family would like to acknowledge her loving friends Mary Lee Hubbell, David Hubbell and Ann Bynum.


Visitation: April 30, 2023 10:00 am

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Celebration of Life: April 30, 2023 11:00 am

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States



Room: Reception Hall - Following Service

St. Jerome Catholic Church
7955 Real Rd
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageMatt’s Amazing Mom and seemingly Matriarch of her extended family will surely be missed. To all who are left here on earth our hearts break with you and we hold you close in prayer. Peace be with you all. From The Elstun family❤️🙏

  2. CandleImageJessica:
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mom. She was a wonderful mom, professional, friend, grandmother, wife, sibling, daughter and more from what I read about her in this heartfelt tribute to her life here on earth. She had a wonderful life and now she will be with the Lord and always watching down on you and your tight-knit family….she will always be in your heart and thoughts…the pain is tough now, however, each day will get a little better to wrap your arms around why and you will start reminiscing all the wonderful times, the laughter, gatherings, conversations, family and how she had an impact on your life. Keep her close to your heart and talk to her everyday. I still do to this day talk with both my mom and dad who are in heaven looking down on us. All my love, Martha Sampson

  3. My deepest sympathies go out to your families. I remember Alene from Holy Name, and on to St Gerard’s, As well as at the “Office”. She will be deeply missed by all.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you🙏🏻❤️
    Bill and Mary White

  4. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to the Brehm, Mainz and Wanneck families . Rest in peace our beloved Alene . Sincerely Wallace and Marisabel (Mary)

  5. CandleImageFor me Alene was a true healer, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. I valued her guidance , her kindness and her friendship through times of struggle and loss. And too, the times of laughter and the hug as I went out the door. Peace for you, my friend. Prayers for the family.

  6. CandleImageThe love that this family and extended family had for eachotherwas easily seen by just being around them. Alene had a beautiful heart and a quiet kindness about her. My prayers will be lifted up for theentire family as each of you find peace for the loss of Alene. May God contunue to surround each of you with love and fill your hearts with peace that only he can provide. May time bring forward a life of memories for each of you to cherish until you each meet her in peridise again. My Love Debbie Hendricks Niemann Wiatrek

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