×

Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Wilbur Rennis Poffenberger

December 21, 1948May 13, 2020

Rennie was an amazing husband to his wife Sara and a loving father to his two children Emma and Robert. He was a family man who loved nothing more than spoiling his grandchildren with his homemade pizza, hot chocolate with too many marshmallows in it, and big bowls of ice cream. He was never happier than when spending time with his siblings Donna Jean, Arthur (Skip) and Ronnie and their spouses or enjoying a beer at sunset with friends on the beach at Marco Island Florida, or in the Fishermen's Garden in Felpham, England. His skill at finding a deal was legendary and many friends benefited from his expertise on the computer.

Rennie was a hard worker and believed in service to others. His career was with IBM and he volunteered on the board of directors of the Mid Atlantic Federal Credit union for 30+ years, despite having to do phone meetings late into the night from the UK. He volunteered for the ambulance service in Boonsboro and was Boonsboro Fireman of the year in 1978. He was also a proud veteran of the US Air Force.

He was generous and kind and unassuming but with a very cheeky sense of humor and he will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers please feel free to donate to your favorite charity.

Services

No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Memories

Wilbur Rennis Poffenberger

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Ian Gwenlan

May 29, 2020

We were so sorry to hear the sad news that Rennie has passed away. He will stay in our minds and hearts as the kindest of men, loved by his family and without doubt a true gentleman.

Our memories go back to when Rennie became our neighbour, next door, here in Barnham. Together with Sara (and their kitchen) they were a welcome refuge for the girls in difficult times (which they still talk about).

Mention his name and I think about running. Rennie would run and Sara would accompany him (on her bike), with a cool-down walk past our drive and up the road. In later years at Felpham, he was still running, along the seafront, where each summer we would look forward to seeing Rennie and Sara at the Lobster Pot, where we enjoyed a catch-up (often about each other's children) and a cup of tea (or maybe something a bit stronger for Rennie and Sara!) with that lovely sea view. We will miss seeing Rennie whilst having that catch-up.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sara and the family.

Ian and Heather Gwenlan,
Rhian, Carys and Megan
Barnham UK

M Elliot Margolis

May 28, 2020

My friendship with Rennie began some 35 years ago, when we were both at IBM. This became a special relationship right from the beginning. We also served together on the Board of Directors of the IBM Employees Federal Credit Union (now named MAFCU) for over 30 years. Rennie had exceptional qualities and abilities. He was always forthright, with high standards for honesty and character. I will greatly miss his insights to quickly grasp the essence of situations and provide sound advise to handle them.

Visits and time with Rennie and Sara here in the US and England were wonderful. It was always a delight to be with them. Rennie adored Sara and they were delightful and wonderful together. Our visits together and travels to sites in England and France were a joy. Sara always saved the day, as she spoke French. When my son was just out of college, he decided to “backpack” tour in Asia and Europe. I will be ever grateful to Sara and Rennie for taking care of him in England, nurturing him back to health after his experiencing the realities of third world countries.

I will deeply miss Rennie’s counsel, wit, vast knowledge and wonderful friendship.
I am forever grateful to have been a friend of Rennie’s as well as to continue to be a loving friend of Sara.

Cindy & Charlie Thomas

May 26, 2020

We were very sad when we learned of Rennie's passing. We knew Rennie for 30 plus years as a result of Rennie being on the Board of Directors at the Mid-Atlantic FCU in Gaithersburg, Md. Our relationship started out on a professional level and we became good friends. When Rennie met Sara, I have never seen him happier. We visited them at their home in England and then traveled with them to France & Belgium. They introduced us to our first cruise through the Panama Canal.
We always enjoyed Rennie's great sense of humor. Rennie was knowledgeable on a great variety of subjects and was a great conversationalist.
We had been in touch with him over the last few months and were not surprised at his courage and strength to the end. We wish peace and blessings to his family and to all that loved him.

Hilary and John Frame

May 26, 2020

What a wonderful companion and friend for us to have had and to have shared so many rich experiences with. We are lucky to have had Rennie in our lives, we can think of the holidays, the meals together, the coffee and tea times, the drinks times and of course the “let’s ask Rennie times”! Rennie always solved tricky IT conundrums for us ,only a few months ago he still volunteered to come and sort our computer out, nothing was too much trouble or too difficult. He was unfailingly warm and welcoming, always ready with the drinks and snacks ,we will never forget the giant pretzels, and so many other goodies he had stashed away! If he wasn’t around he was generally jogging along the prom in the sunshine. That’s how we remember you Rennie, with love and many happy memories. A gentleman in the true sense of the word.
Your friends, Hilary and John.

Vicke Kelber and George Wilhelm

May 25, 2020

We are saddened by the loss of Rennie; he will be sorely missed. We will always remember his sense of humor and kindness, his pragmatic approach to life, his worldly views…..and how he loved Sara and his family. It was a joy to spend time with him.

We are so glad that we have been able to count he and Sara among our friends and will hold both of them in our thoughts always.

Patricia Sherred

May 24, 2020

Pat and Chris Sherred and family.
Rennie was a lovely man, we sadly didn't see him and Sara too often but that's not say he won't be missed by all the family.
R.I.P Rennie

Maureen Jenkins

May 22, 2020

Rennie was a very special person who filled Sara's life with the love and respect she deserved, as well as Emma and Rob, of whom he was so proud, having entered their lives at a difficult time.

Whether in Felpham or Marco Island, Rennie was always welcoming, with his warm smile, stimulating conversation and delicious coffee. Somehow, he usually managed to find the solution to whatever problem I might have, whether IT or even what properties or problems to look out for in a new door! In his quiet way, he was a pillar of wisdom and if there was something he didn't know, he would endeavour to find out. He always had a sensible answer to irritating situations - or people - and a wicked sense of humour.

Then there was the food - he was passionate about good food and cooking..... except peas!

I always left Sara and Rennie's home with a warm glow, knowing how happy they made each other. My heart aches for Sara and family for the massive hole in their lives.

Rennie - it was a privilege to have known you.

Maureen

Garry Smart

May 22, 2020

Rennie was a dear, dear friend, much loved by all. He displayed endless generosity and kindness of spirit, always willing to offer guidance and support. His ability to rationalise and discuss important issues with sincerity and candour were key features of any discussion . I always felt inspired after sharing conversations with him. A man of much integrity and love. Thank you Rennie.

Dorothy Flynn

May 22, 2020

Rennie and Sara were our dear neighbors in Marco - the best neighbors we ever had both in Florida and Massachusetts. Always busy about his home, Rennie was a trustworthy and helpful friend. More knowledgeable than Bill he frequently and willingly helped Bill solve many household problems. Always there when we needed an answer or sharing a worldly observation with us.
We loved seeing them off to the beach to view the amazing Marco sunset. We missed Rennie and Sara when they were off to England and not next to us in Marco. And we looked forward to their return! Disheartened by the news of Rennie's health we always hoped for the best. He enjoyed his Marco home, the pool, sitting on the balcony with his morning coffee, and sharing his home with family and friends.Most of all, Bill and I admired Rennie for the wonderful man he was, a kind neighbor, a considerate helpful friend, a TRUE human. We can't imagine Marco without him.
RIP - Dear one.

Lester Duguay

May 22, 2020

Deb and I were saddened to hear the news of Rennies' untimely passing. We are releived knowing he is in a better place. We met the Poffenbergers on the beach at Marco Island during a sunset. They were regulars and before we knew it, we were regulars too. The conversations we had always required some "fact checking" and Rennie was always at the ready with the newest I-phone. He would drink his 2 beers sometimes only uttering a word or two. So, with that said, Deb and I managed to aquire, under the "Stay At Home" mandate, a large bottle of Guinness which we drank in memory of Rennie......you will not be forgotten. Gods speed.

FROM THE FAMILY

Learn more about the Poffenberger name

VISIT ANCESTRY.COM