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Loving Friend, Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather

76 years: 4 February 1947 – 7 February 2023

John (Rick), passed away peacefully at his home in Buffalo, MN on February 7, 2023. Survived by his children: Bryan (BJ), Bert, Jim (Jennell), Paul, Patricia (Edward), Lawrence (Lisa), and Robert (Tarah); Brothers: Jeffrey (Karel), Robert (Joan), Michael (Laurie) and Daniel; other dear in-laws, Grandchildren, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, and sons, Michael and Gerald.

Born to John F. and Eleanor Brengman, raised in Rochester and lived many years on St Paul’s Eastside, attended and graduated from St. Francis School and Lourdes High School. After several years of college and the novitiate of the Christian Brothers, Rick enlisted in the US Navy as a radioman, achieving cryptic clearance during the Viet Nam war. He served in then VP Agnew’s retinue during his trip to the Philippines in 1969.

He met his life’s love and future wife of 30 years, Pat Walters. Together they owned and ran Shirley’s Diner in Minneapolis and began the Trinity Missions Food Shelf in St. Paul in 1982. Rick brought exacting devotion to all he did.

Thank you to the staff at Allina Hospice and their nursing care units for the excellent care provided to Rick as well as the support provided by many of his high school classmates who volunteered at the Food Shelf and continued to visit and support him at the end.

Memorials can be sent to the family.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 13, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN (119 Central Ave).

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral (1701 5th St NE, Mpls). The service will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person:

Interment with military honors will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Glenwood City, WI where he’ll be with his wife Pat, next to his paternal Grandparents.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bonnie Beckrich Schweihs

    I wish I could be there to honor Rick’s memory. We had such fun as kids in our neighborhood . I’m not at all surprised that he spent so much time with his huge heart feeding those in need. (Thanks to Rita), I was able to visit with him in September. He was so charming !

  2. Linda Hughes

    Dear John:
    You will be so missed in this world. As your high school classmate and friend, I will always remember you as a fun loving, kind and giving man. Your service to our friends in need for food will be one of your most important legacies. Rest In Peace and know you were loved by your LHS Class of 65.

  3. Dee Schemmel

    You will be missed John! Not only for your lively personality, but for your so very kind, loving and generous heart. God speed.

  4. Dee Schemmel

    You will be missed, John, for your lively personality but mostly for your kind, loving and generous heart.

  5. Kate Brogan Herr

    Rick, I gave so many memories of all the fun we had as kids in our neighborhood. You were one of the kindest people I’ve ever known, even as a kids! I know you will be missed by many for your kind and giving heart! God speed my “old” friend!

  6. Cheree' Hoese

    BJ, Deepest condolences to you and your family! We will keep you all in our prayers.


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