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Gregory "Blackie" R Brantner

Gregory "Blackie" R Brantner

Gregory “Blackie” R. Brantner age 64 of Rock Falls, passed away on Saturday August 18, 2018 at his home in the Township of Albany, Pepin County, surrounded by his family and his favorite cat, Peanut.

Greg was born on March 3, 1954 in Durand.  He was the son of Richard H. and Lorena E. (Weiss) Brantner and grew up in the Rock Falls community.  Greg graduated from Durand High School in 1972.  Greg married Laurie Bergner on December 7, 1974 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rock Falls.  After marriage they made their home in Rock Falls.  Greg worked at Fehr Concrete in Eau Claire for 25 years.  Greg then worked for Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing for 10 years, retiring 2007.

Greg enjoyed playing softball for the Club 10 and Security National Bank softball teams.  He also enjoyed bowling for McMahon Motors, pool league for the Hide-A-While bar, dartball League for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rock Falls.  After retirement Greg enjoyed spending time at the camper on Lake Holcombe fishing and spending time with family and friends. Greg also enjoyed working with wood making turned bowls.

Greg is survived by his wife, Laurie, two children, Valerie (Barry) McAnulty of Kennesaw, GA, Joey (Ka Mei) Brantner of Maple Grove, MN; two grandchildren, Maggie and Cody McAnulty; two sisters, Sharon (Clarke) Johnson of Eau Galle; Luanne (Dave) Weissinger of Durand; two brothers, Rick (Lonna) of Rock Falls and Tom Bauer of Turtle Lake, a special aunt, Darlene “Dark” Bryan of Durand, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother LeeVal Brantner and mother-in-law, Shirley Bergner.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday August 21, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rock Falls with Rev. Joseph C. Nakwah officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.


  1. Toni Kremer Lippert

    Deepest sympathy to the Brantner family. Greg, Rest if Peace in the Hands of God. You will be missed!

  2. Rosan Prissel

    I am sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers

  3. Cindy Barnes

    Hi Laurie,

    We (Molex C&B Group) are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  4. Doug and Diane (Broberg) Knudsen

    Our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Nadine Schuh

    When my dad, sister, and brother passed this little quote helped ease the pain a bit.

    " When a loved one goes on a trip we sadly say,
    "there he goes. "
    On the OTHER side they JOYOUSLY exclaim,
    "HERE HE COMES !! "

  6. Harold & Brenda Larson

    You have our condolences. We will miss talking fishing at the campground. I hope the lakes are big and full of fish in heaven.

  7. Raymond Dock

    Sorry for your loss. Truly a remarkable man. The lord should have made more like him.
    God bless your family. Ray

  8. ron and shirley wolf

    So sorry for your loss. Our condolences go out to your family. Prayers!!!!

  9. Bill Brunner

    Rest in Eternal Peace Greg.

  10. Lori Pederson

    Laurie, So sorry to hear about Greg my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family...

  11. Karen Bauer & Loren Westphal

    Laurie and family,
    So sad to hear of Gregs passing. Our deepest sympathies and we are thinking of you!!
    Karen & Loren

  12. Kathy Reed

    R.I.P. Greg, you will be sadly missed!

  13. Anita Haskins

    Condolences to the whole family from another local family!! Sending hug hugs and prayers! God bless all!!

  14. Carol hunter

    My deepest sympathy to you and your families,,,,a great guy ,so sorry for your loss.

  15. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss hugs and prayers

  16. Dennis & Mary Ellen Brunner

    Our deepest sympathy to Greg's family. Prayers for all.

  17. Patty Biederman Ozowski

    My condolences to Laurie, the childtren, and grandchildren. Also to his many friends. His memory will be in your hearts forever. R.I.P. Greg.

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