Brennan Milan Wischnack, age 20, of Watertown, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at his home.
He was born Dec. 8, 1999, in Waconia, the son of Nathan Wischnack and Teri Fillbrandt. Brennan was baptized Jan. 9, 2000, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie; and confirmed his faith April 13, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America. His confirmation verse was Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Brennan was a graduate of the Watertown-Mayer High School and had studied at Lake Superior College in Duluth.
He worked a variety of jobs which included a gas station, grocery store, a restaurant, and doing landscaping. Brennan always found work that focused on helping others. He was always quick to lend a hand to just about anyone, especially his Grandpa Mi.
An outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, Brennan would fish in the river that ran along the Wischnack farm, Marlow’s Creek, or the Crow River in Watertown. He was only 6 months old when he made his first boat ride. If it was winter, he could be found ice fishing with Grandpa Mi.
Brennan loved caring for and playing with his dogs, Axel and Doc. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and hanging out with his family and friends.
Brennan always saw the good in everyone he met and always had positive things to say about others. His loving and respectful nature will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Nathan Wischnack; uncle Daniel Fillbrandt; step-grandfather Dave DiBenedetto; and many great-grandparents.
Brennan is survived by his parents, Teri and Joe DiBenedetto; siblings Nolan and Lexi DiBenedetto; grandparents Milan and Elaine Wischnack, Calvin and Deb Fillbrandt, and Sue DiBenedetto; aunts and uncles Dawn and Jay Willems, Kristi and Scott DuCharme, Katie Fillbrandt, and Shannon DiBenedetto and special friend Nate Finch; cousins Owen and Lucas Willems, and Abrielle and Charlotte DuCharme; great-grandparents Lorraine Thaemert, and Virgil and Gladys Hedtke; and many great aunts and uncles, great, great aunts and uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
Brennan’s funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Revs. Donald Andrix and Josh Bernau officiating.
There was visitation at the church Sunday, Dec. 22 from 3 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; continuing Monday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Ryan Mesenbring, Reed Wischnack, Ryan Pawelk, Adam Pawelk, Jason Pawelk, Mike Pawelk, Matt Pawelk, and Jake Hanley
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.