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David L. Berenz

Feb 17, 1941 - Jan 21, 2019


David L. Berenz, age 77, of Sheboygan, died on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls.  He was born in Sheboygan on February 17, 1941, the son of the late Christ and Helen Kempf Berenz.

David attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1959.  He then was trained to be a firefighter and joined the City of Sheboygan Fire Department in 1969.  He was an active line firefighter, code enforcement officer, and an arson investigator until his retirement in 2001, after 32 years of service. David was also very active in Sheboygan Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 483 and was a past president for the Union for 14 years.

David was an avid collector. He had an extensive coin collection and model railroad collection. David was a car enthusiast from the time he turned sixteen until his last days. He also loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. He enjoyed grilling on his charcoal grill and eating at local establishments which served his beloved Sheboygan hard roll.

David was proud and pleased with his daughters and their families.  He was also thankful for his older brother, Tom, his only sibling.

Survivors include his two daughters, Christine (Patrick) Keyes, of Brookfield, Angela Miller, of Sheboygan; five grandchildren, Madeline and C.J. Keyes, Lila, Eva and Ella Miller; his brother, Thomas (Venetta) Berenz, of South Carolina and two nieces, Linda (Lou) Weber and Amy Berenz, both of Chicago.  He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service for David will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Covenant Church, 1125 N. 6th St., Sheboygan with Rev. Chris McKnight officiating.  Family and friends may gather at the church on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in David’s name. David’s family would like to thank the staff at Community Memorial Hospital and the many Froedtert doctors who cared for him so well.

The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday Feb 2, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Zion Church [map]


Date: Saturday Feb 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Zion Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Mark and Val Zeier

Dear Christine and Angela. Our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your father. Val and I have been reminiscing, remembering many of the good times. His deep love of you was aparant, as was his pride in your successes.

Jean and Dick Felker

Our sympathies and prayers,

Robert L Kovacic

David was a good neighbor and friend. When he moved to Milwaukee, he continually kept in touch. He did come to Sheboygan from time to time and would stay at my house overnight. I will miss his phone calls.

George Schaefer

Dave was a well respected member of the SFD. We'll miss you Dave.