October 16, 1960 – May 22, 2020
Pete Brehm, 59, of Mt. Airy, MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, father-in-law and friend to all passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 surrounded by family in his home. Pete was born in Baltimore, MD on October 16, 1960 and is survived by his siblings CC Cirezz, Denise Lengel, Wanda Gutmann, Marychris Grauel, Leslie Knisley and Russell Brehm. He was predeceased in death by his mother, Audrey Adams. Pete spent over 40 years of his professional career working in fire protection safety and although Pete was an avid admirer of sprinkler systems and a successful salesman for Reliance Fire Protection at the time of his death, his true passion was for his family and friends. Pete was married to Patty Brehm for over 21 years and together they raised 7 children: Kristie Wenzinger (Matt Wenzinger), Megan Bloom (Steve Bloom), Meagan Lewis, Stephanie Boteler (Brian Boteler), Lindsay Teeters (Matt Teeters), Brendan Lewis and Shawn Lewis. While traveling with Patty and annual trips to OBX were adventures he would count amongst his top favorite, he was also a cyclist and runner, a Jeep enthusiast, a whisky connoisseur, the forever companion of a good dog and the perfect partner for collecting seashells. He was the very foundation for which his family was built and their touchstone through life, always a quiet leader, a protector of all and the most loyal man to everyone he called a friend. However his favorite title was Papa, as grandfather to Brady, Payton, Lewis, Hudson, Weston and Harper. After being diagnosed with a rare gastric cancer, Pete was already involved with the Ulman Foundation's Cancer to 5K program, as a sherpa for cancer survivor participants in their quest to complete a 5K race. Pete then turned cancer participant and even decided to set out as a rider in the Ulman Foundation's Key to Keys bike race. This was no easy feat, since he was going through treatment at the time, to bike from Baltimore to Key West while making stops along the way at cancer centers to inspire others. Being an inspiration was exactly what Pete did during his cancer battle. Never once complaining, the eternal optimist, he fought this battle with dignity and grace and super human strength. A life lesson we can all learn a little something from. While his life was most certainly cut short, his lasting impression on each person he met and especially those who loved him the most will live on forever in our memories, in his children and grandchildren and in the heart of his wife for which he lived and fought each day, just for one more moment with her. We'll look for Pete in each sunset at the beach, in his raspberry bushes that bloom full of fruit, in the whistle of the train garden at Christmas and in every tradition that we share as the family, the family that he loved so deeply. In lieu of flowers, donations can made in Pete's memory to the following organizations: Ulman Foundation ulmanfoundation.org/donate The AmyStrong Foundation amystrong.org/sunshine.html
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May 28, 2020
I only saw Pete a couple of times. He was a pleasant man with a wonderful smile. Most of what I know about Pete is from Patty. How she loved him. May you Patty and your family find comfort in your memories of Pete. With sympathy and love, Terry
May 28, 2020
To the Brehm Family,
I can totally understand the sadness, the heartache, the emptiness, helplessness you all feel as I lost four siblings to cancer…they were all in their sixties. My sister Joyce (w/brain cancer) died nine months after my mom. The other three passed away before my mom…something no mother should have to face.
Pete gave life his all, and now is with his mom, Audrey, resting in peace together!
My thoughts and prayers are directed to your whole family.
Sending much love and hugs.
May 26, 2020
I remember Pete from Glenelg as a sweet guy that always had a smile. Fly high with your angel wings.
May 26, 2020
Although I did not know Pete on a personal level I felt I saw him thru Gods eyes. He confirmed he was a strong man who loved life and his family. It would have been so easy to give up early instead he chose to give all he had. Patty—I know you were the strength he relied on. You helped him carry his burden through many months of agony. God Bless you and family Remember Pete in the best of times. With Love Heidi