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Geraldine Brantner

Geraldine  Brantner

Geraldine Brantner, age 90 of Durand, died Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Atrium Care Center in Ellsworth.

Gerri was born on November 17, 1929 in Durand. She was the daughter of Allie M. and Clara (Schuh) Bauer. Gerri grew up in the Meridean and Lima areas and attended school in Meridean. Gerri married Clare T. Brantner on September 16, 1947 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima rural Durand. After marriage, they farmed and raised their family in the Town of Durand. Gerri worked several jobs over the years including Hunstinger Farms, William’s Locker Plant and Pepin County Nursing Services. She lived on the farm her entire life until her health forced her to move to the care center in Ellsworth.

Gerri enjoyed tending to her gardens, canning, baking and cooking. She was known for her horseradish, caramel popcorn at Christmas and her potato dumplings. Gerri liked to go dancing and playing cards. Most of all, Gerri loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gerri is survived by her children; Colleen (Allen) Anderson of Plum City, Greg (Julie) of Durand, Jeff (Sharon) of Arkansaw, Pam LaPean of Hudson, Lee of Durand, David (Lisa) of River Falls, Kevin of Rock Falls and Gary (Nicki) of Durand, 26 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, one sister; Mary (Brad) Sie of Mondovi, one brother; Allen (Connie) Bauer of Nelson several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded death her parents, husband; Clare, daughter-in-law; Leylon Brantner, son-in-law; Larry LaPean, two grandchildren; Ilene Brantner and Ryan Anderson and siblings; Norma Brion, Marge Weisenbeck, LaVern Bauer, Galen Bauer, Benny Bauer and Lola Glaus.

Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.

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


  1. Gary and Judi Bauer

    Sending our sympathy to the Brantner Family.
    Keeping you in our prayers

  2. Mary Pittman

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Brantner family. Geraldine was such a kind, thoughtful, hardworking lady who cleaned for my mom for years. Keeping you family in my thoughts and prayers. RIP

  3. Toni

    Sending my heartfelt sympathy to each of you. May you know the healing presence of Jesus and may treasured memories offer you moments of peace.

  4. Rose Prissel

    my deepest sympathy to all the Brantner family! Your Mother was an exceptional lady - always busy cooking, gardening, canning, taking care of others. She will certainly be missed. My love to all at this time of sadness but your memories will help you thru this - one day at a time.

  5. Susan Wolf

    My deepest sympathies to you all during the this time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sarah Brantner

    I will forever love you Grandma. May you rest in peace

  7. Denise Smith

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one.

  8. Larry and Carol Prissel

    Our Heart goes to all the family. We will always have good memories .

  9. John & Diane Creaser

    So sorry for your lose. Growing up near here family i remember spending time with Pam at her house. Gerri was always cooking when i was there. Oh yes or on the phone.

  10. Patti Sobottka

    So very sorry for the loss of your mother to the whole Brantner family. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all

  11. Linda Knapp

    Blessings to all of you! She was a gracious, caring lady. May the memories bring you comfort.

  12. Joanne 'McRoberts' Hovey

    What a wonderful lady. I am.sure she left .any wonderful memories. Sympathy to her family.

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