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Betty A. Brunner

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Betty A. Brunner age 62 of Ellsworth, formerly of Durand, passed away on Friday March 30, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, MN.

Betty was born January 18, 1956 in Durand, WI.  She was the daughter of Matt and Dorothy (Helgoe) Brunner.  Betty was born with Down Syndrome and lived in group homes in Ellsworth most of her life.  She worked at Pro-Act in Red Wing for 25 years until her retirement.

Betty enjoyed traveling, especially her trip to Disneyworld, sewing, watching movies, and constructing jigsaw puzzles.  She was involved in Special Olympics specializing in bowling and track.  Showing a great amount of enthusiasm and competitive spirit for all her activities was Betty’s claim to fame.

Betty loved her family and her wonderful caregivers over the years.  Betty’s family would like to thank, Deb Roman and Brotoloc Health Care for all the love and care given to Betty.

Betty is survived by her brother, Bill (Pam) Brunner of Eau Claire, her sister, Barb Kallstrom of Durand; two nephews, Tony Brunner of Washington, D.C. and Sam Brunner of Minneapolis, MN; two nieces, Katie (Jeff) Walk of Eau Claire and Sara (Grant Tharaldsson) Kallstrom, of Eau Claire; a great-nephew and great-niece, Max and Madeline Reid of Eau Claire.  Betty is preceded in death by her parents.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date with internment in Holy Rosary Cemetery –Lima, Durand.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Durand is serving the family.


  1. Kristine Polzer

    Sending our sympathy in this time of your loss.
    Keeping you in our prayers.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  2. Patte & Tom Guelzow

    Dearest Barb & Family and Bill & Pam & Family,
    Sending you our love, prayers, hugs and joy knowing Betty walks with Jesus! The Easter Celebration continues..... God's love and Ours,
    Tom & Patte

  3. Paul and Sue Hoch

    Barb-Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    Paul and Sue Hoch

  4. Ronad and Jeanette Gutting

    I will forever remember Betty's infectious smile she had when I visited my sister Jaci. Our deepest sympathies to your family

  5. Sandy Bjork

    Such an inspiration. Betty your smiles, and hugs were the best. Rest in Peace!

  6. Diane Knudsen

    My sympathy on the loss of your sister. Thoughts and prayers.

  7. Mary Jane Kralewski

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your sister. Love and hugs!

  8. Judy and John Parr

    Sorry to hear about this hugs

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