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The Granddaughter, Daughter, Wife and Mother of Newsmen

July 23, 1986

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) _ Former Associated Press newswoman Madeline Hosmer Brenner, who was the granddaughter, daughter, wife and mother of newsmen, is dead at 62.

Mrs. Brenner died Monday night at Fairfax Hospital of cardiac arrest following a respiratory illness.

She was born in Decatur, Ga., and after her graduation in 1944 from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, she joined The Associated Press, working as an editor and reporter until 1949. She also wrote reviews and feature stories for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

In 1947, she married Bernard Brenner, a reporter for United Press, which later became United Press International. They moved to Washington in 1952, and from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s she was a free-lance reporter for a number of trade magazines.

She was the granddaughter of George Hosmer, who published weekly newspapers in Colorado, New Mexico and Florida early in the century; the daughter of Joseph Hosmer, who worked for daily newspapers in Atlanta, Baltimore and Seattle, and the mother of Eliot Brenner, who works for United Press International in Washington.

Mrs. Brenner was active in Fairfax County Democratic politics. She was a member of Saint Albans Episcopal Church in Annandale, Va., where she worked as a volunteer librarian.

She is survived by her husband, of Falls Church; two sons, Eliot Brenner of Annandale, and Kyd Brenner of Silver Spring, Md.; and a granddaughter, Julie Brenner of Annandale. She is also survived by a half-brother, Joe Hosmer Jr., of Chamblee, Ga., and her stepmother, Julia Hosmer of Chamblee.

A memorial service is scheduled at Saint Albans next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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