Wally Bronner

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Wallace John "Wally" Bronner
Born (1927-03-09)March 9, 1927
Frankenmuth, Michigan, U.S.
Died April 1, 2008(2008-04-01) (aged 81)
Frankenmuth, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse(s) Irene Pretzer
Children Wayne Neal Bronner, Randall Lee Bronner, Carla Jean Bronner, Maria Ann Bronner
Parent(s) Herman and Ella Bronner

Wallace John "Wally" Bronner (March 9, 1927 – April 1, 2008) was the American founder of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Bronner was born to Ella (Hubinger) and Herman Bronner on March 9, 1927 in Frankenmuth, Michigan.[1] Bronner founded the store in 1943 while working as a sign painter (though Bronner considers the start of his business career to be 1945). Bronner ran the day by day activities until he passed it down to his son, Wayne Bronner. Bronner was still on serving as board chairman up until his death.[2]

Bronner died of esophageal cancer on April 1, 2008, shortly after his 81st birthday.[3] Bronner was survived by his wife and four children.


Sharing Joy 365: An Autobiography by Wally Bronner


  1. ^ Rau, Gretchen. "Community Loses Business Pioneer" (PDF). Frankenmuth News. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Wally Bronner - Bronner's Christmas Wonderland Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland
  3. ^ Wally Bronner, founder of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, dies mlive.com