Mary Ellen (Pulver) Broneer Obituary
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mary Ellen (Pulver) Broneer (Valencia, California), born in Bayard, Iowa, who passed away on May 4, 2021, at the age of 96, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Mary Ellen (Pulver) Broneer to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Mary Ellen (Pulver) Broneer.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, July 1st 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Burbank First Christian Church (221 S. 6th Street, Burbank, CA 91501).
Long time Burbank resident, Mary Ellen (Pulver) Broneer, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Valencia, California.
Mary was born on November 27, 1924 in Bayard, Iowa to Harry and Kathryn Pulver. She had two brothers, Joseph and Robert. She moved to Burbank in 1943, shortly after graduating from Bayard High School. She met her future husband, Charles Stevens Broneer, while working at Cinema Engineering in Burbank. They were married in San Bernardino on July 21, 1945. Chuck always said that “Mary is the light of my life.” Mary lost her husband, Chuck, on May 11, 1992 after 47 years of marriage. For the next 28 years, she lived independently in her small apartment on Olive Ave in Burbank. They had 2 children, Paul Eric, and Cheri Lee (Howard).
Mary was Paul’s Den Mother in Cub Scouts, and helped sell lots of Cheri’s Girl Scout cookies. Chuck and Mary were long time members of Wilshire Christian Church and, together, they taught Sunday School for over 20 years. Family life meant the world to Chuck and Mary. When their kids were growing up they started the tradition of spending Friday nights together as a family. It was always known as “Family Night”. No other commitments were ever allowed on Family Night. When Mary’s four grandchildren came along (Eric, Jaime, Nicholas, and Jaclyn) the “Grandkid of the Month” tradition came about. They believed that each grandchild deserved to be an “only child” for a special day with Grandma and Grandpa.
She loved to be a volunteer. Every morning, while living in her senior apartment building, she knocked on every door, to make sure her neighbors were ok. For years, she participated in the “Time to Read” program at Jordan Jr. Hi. She taught English as a Second Language for the local YMCA. She volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic in Burbank. She was active in Marriage Encounter, AFS (American Field Service), CFO (Camp Farthest Out), PTA, Scouting, and Church.
She had twelve great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Emma, Sorsha, Ava, William, Soren, Claire, Charles, Leah, Sela-Mia, Elson, and Cerenna. She enjoyed attending all their various games, activities and performances and they loved having her there.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in memory of Mary, to a charity that is close to your heart.