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Ernest E. Brantner

Ernest E. Brantner

Ernest E. Brantner, age 70 of Cornell formerly of Durand, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Aurora Group Home in River Falls.

Ernest was born on December 18, 1947 in Durand. He was the son of Herman C. and Rosina M.  (Bauer) Brantner. He grew up in the Lima area and was diagnosed with Autism. Ernest lived on the farm with his parents until 1979, he loved living on the farm out in the country. In 1979, Ernest moved to the Dunn County Care Center in Menomonie and resided there until 2005. He then moved to a group home in Cornell. Ernest moved just two weeks ago to the Aurora Group Home in River Falls to be closer to family.

Ernest enjoyed music, playing cards and going fishing. He always loved to look at the American Flag and having treats on hand. Most of all, Ernest enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Ernest is survived by his siblings; Gerald of Roseville, MN, Ruth Harmon of Lake Elmo, MN, Thomas of West Point, IA, Marina Brantner of Fridley, MN, Diana Halsey of Minneapolis, MN and Mary Brantner of New Hope, MN, 7 nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister; Patricia Romans and one nephew; Danny Harmon.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30AM Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand with Rev. Joseph Okine-Quartey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:30AM until the time of services at the church on Wednesday.

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


  1. Barb Knopps

    I knew Ernie during the years he lived at Dunn County Health Care Center. Ernie was always one of my favorite clients. He had a wonderful sense of humor and even during the times he may have been struggling with changes in his routine, he always had the kindest heart. I will remember Ernie for years to come.
    My condolences to Ernie's family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Lester Bauer

    My prayers for the family of Ernest. I only remember Ernest as a young boy when we would go to visit your family on the farm. RIP Ernest.

  3. John & Patty Wayne

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Phyllis Prissel

    Prayers to you and the family during this time of loss.

  5. Nona Buchholz

    So sorry for your loss!

  6. Lana Schwellenbach

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Lana and Barry

  7. Barbara Overman

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer are with you all.

  8. Barb Furtado

    My deepest condolences.
    Rest in peace Uncle Ernie.

  9. Sylvester and Missy

    Diana Halsey and Family, we are so sorry for the loss of your precious sweet angel of a brother Earnest. As the hand of Jesus reached out to him as he entered the kingdom of God may the Holy Spirit embrace you with love and peace.

  10. Diana Halsey

    Rest in peace, brother.

  11. Carol Danzinger

    To the family of cousin Rosina and Herman Brantner,
    I don't have any words that will take away your sorrow but I want you to know that I care. I remember Ernest when my mother (Cecelia) used to visit your mom.
    In my prayers, Carol Danzinger.

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