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READING, Pa. -- Mary G. Redner, a co-founder of the 40-location Warehouse Markets grocery chain and 12-store Quick Shoppes convenience chain, passed away July 14, at Reading Hospital. Redner was born in 1917 in Oneonta, N.Y., and was married to her husband, Earl W. Redner, for 58 years.
Before entering the convenience industry, Redner was a kindergarten teacher in Port Jervis, N.Y., and Silver Spring, Md. In 1970, she and her husband co-founded Redner's Markets Inc., which they operated for 20 years before retiring in 1990. Upon retirement, the business was turned over to their sons, Richard E. Redner and Gary W. Redner. Even after retirement Mary Redner remained an active member of the company board of directors.
Surviving Mary Redner are her two sons and daughter Chere A. Kelley; six grandchildren: Nicole, Alexis, Ryan, Stacy, Gary M., and Casey; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. in First Church of the Brethren, 2200 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, Pa., with the Rev. Timothy D. Speicher officiating. Contributions may be made to First Church of the Brethren, 2200 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610. The Bean Funeral Homes, Sinking Spring, Pa., is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com.