Former Downtown Business Association President Dies at Age 68

Mark E. Redner owned Neighbors Bistro in downtown Waukesha.

Mark E. Redner, 68, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home in Waukesha, with his loving family at his side.  

Mark was born on Nov. 17, 1944, to Charlie and Emma Katherine Redner, originally from Muskegon, MI, but has been a part of our Waukesha community since 1982.

Mark moved to Waukesha to accept a promotion with Philip Morris USA where he had worked for 28 years.  After choosing to leave the corporate world, he and his wife owned a bar and restaurant in the downtown community for many years.  Neighbors Bistro was known as Waukesha’s own little “Cheers” where many people walked in as patrons and walked out as lifelong friends.   He was proud to have been a part of the downtown community; inspiring many changes to our downtown as prior President of the Downtown Association, and BID Board member.  

Mark was preceded in death by both his parents and his sister Karen Schugars. Mark will be dearly missed by his wife and best friend Stephani; sons Brett (Signe) Redner, Craig (Rebecca) Redner, Gregory (Tiffany Witt) Redner; and his bonus son Ian (Stephanie ) Richlin. grandchildren, Morgan, Lily, Charlie, and Garrett Redner;  sister-in-law, Dia Yeo; nieces and nephews, Megan (Ryan) Knudson, Gretchen Yeo, James (Susan) Schugars, Deb (Greg) Larsen, Jeff Schugars, John Schugars, and their children, and brother in law Jim Schugars.
A special thank you to the Seasons Hospice team, our Visiting Angels “Angels” Ellen, Donna & Sheree, the entire medical team at the Veterans Association Hospital specializing in ALS treatment, the local chapter staff and members of the ALS Association, and our greatest gift; Alvita.  The battle against this beastly disease over the past 4+ years was made so much easier through their loving and caring support, and the support of his family, friends and Clergy.

This disease took away the use of every muscle in his arms and legs but never was able to attack his spirit, humor and love that he shared with so many throughout his life.  Nor did it define his life.  Mark was so inspiring to so many, and has left a place in their hearts forever.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 10 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. followed by a time for sharing at 7:30 p.m. at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday at St Luke’s Lutheran Church

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Gleason Initiative” which helps raise public awareness and provide extraordinary life experiences for individuals with muscular diseases. Checks may be made payable to The Gleason Initiative Foundation, PO Box 24493, New Orleans, LA 70184 in Mark Redner’s name. Donations may also be made in Mark’s name to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll Street, Waukesha, WI 53186.

is honored to serve the family.  For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.

Jer December 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Mark was a great guy! Im really gonna miss him. Thank you for the memories Mark.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »