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Bernard "Bun" A. Brenner

Bernard "Bun" A. Brenner

Bernard A. (Bun) Brenner

Bun died peacefully at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital on Tuesday Dec. 23, 2020, after suffering a stroke.

Bun was born Feb. 15, 1931 in the farmhouse where he then lived and raised his family, until 1993 when he moved into the retirement house he had built next door for his parents, Adeline (Spindler) and Andrew Brenner.  Bun married Lorraine Holmstadt May 13, 1952 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand.  After marriage they made their home on the farm just outside of Durand.  He always joked that “I never got very far in this world,” since he was born and lived in a small square of this earth.

Bun could repair anything and was a creative inventor. He was proud to have two inventions published in Successful Farming. He loved anything with motors – rigging up a motorized bicycle to ride to school, riding a Cushman scooter alongside his friends, driving his beloved Motoguzzi motorcycle with Lorraine on her own Honda cycle.

While busy with morning and night cow milking, Bun was always up for fun with his family – boating and water skiing on Lake Eau Galle or the Mississippi; skiing at White Mountain, Afton Alps, or Deepwood; spending a day at the Minnesota State Fair; and in his 70s, he still enjoyed riding the rollercoasters at Valley Fair with his grandkids. An excellent card player, he was always up for pfeiffer or euchre with family and friends. The laughter and fun at their card club parties was legendary.

Bun was a Fourth Degree Knight with St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus, tenor with St. Mary’s choir, active in the National Farmers Organization, on the board of directors for the Durand Co-op, active supporters of the Durand Courthouse Museum, and with Lorraine, proud to be grand marshals of the 2014 Durand Funfest parade. Along with Lorraine, Bun actively supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of their children, Michael, Barb and Nancy.

Bun is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine (Holmstadt); son Gary (Marie Hillig); daughters Ruth (David Hunt) and Faye (Dan Owen); daughter-in-law Nancy Lynn (Klein); son-in-law John Tremble (Holly); son-in-law Todd Armstrong (Mary Jo Bowe); and eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Michael; daughters Barbara (Tremble) and Nancy Marie; son Bill; an infant grandson, Austin Hunt.  Bun also was preceded in death by three sisters, Charlotte (Gilman Moody and Ed Tibbetts), Loretta (James Brantner) and Blanche (Lyle Sinz).

Memorials are preferred to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

See more details for arrangements through https://www.rhielfuneralhome.com/obituaries

Due to Covid 19, Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand; in the meantime, burial take place in the church cemetery.


  1. Michael Holmstadt

    My sympathies to the family. I have many memories of my Dad Ken laughing with Bun at family get-togethers. I rarely saw him without a smile, and that's how I'll always remember him.

  2. Tom & Mary Jean Schiefelbein

    Faye, Gary, Ruth and families: Tom and I were so sorry to hear that Bun had passed away..Bun was a lifelong friend of Tom’s..Bun & Lorraine were our good friends and neighbors for yrs..You are all in our thoughts and prayers..Tom & Mary Jean Schiefelbein

  3. Debbie Risler

    Many good memories living next to Bun, Lorraine, and family!! So sorry for your loss. Debbie (Forster) (Fedie), Risler. And familys.

  4. Marie Stafford

    To all who loved him, especially his wife Lorraine, Kathy and I are so sorry for your loss. We remember him from high school, and also remember and appreciate, that he sang with the choir at our brother's funeral in 1997 at St. Mary's.(John Rayburn) God bless you all.

  5. Sue and John Birtzer

    Aunt Lorraine and family, our deepest sympathies to you for the loss of uncle Bun ! I have such wonderful memories of our time at the farm. Bun will be greatly missed and we will treasure the memories !

  6. Mike Gilles

    My sympathies to Lorraine, to Ruth, Gary and Faye, their respective spouses and Bun and Lorraine’s grandchildren. I worked for the Brenner’s during my junior and most of senior high school years. They were the best people I could have had the good fortune to meet. I hold Bun (and Lorraine) in the highest regard. Mike Gilles

  7. John and Judy parr

    Hugs to all sorry to read this

  8. Darrel & Cleo Gibson

    Our Deepest Sympathy and prayers. Darrel had some great times growing up visiting Bun on the farm with Charlie doing crazy things.
    Being with Lorraine & Bun were always wonderful.
    times. May he rest in Peace.

  9. Jean Hilson

    Our sympathy and prayers for your loss. Was very saddened to hear of his passing. Will always remember his wonderful laugh and happiness.

  10. Jan and Joe Drier

    Sending Our Deepest Sympathy to you all during this time!

  11. Judy Anderson ( Brenner)

    Sending my sympathy and prayers during this time of loss to you Lorraine and your family. Bun was a wonderful person, and my parents certainly enjoyed all their times with both of you.

  12. Vicki Asher

    Such great memories of Bun when I was a child growing up. As neighbors we spent a lot of time at Bun and Lorraine's. So glad our son got to know him, he has great memories of helping Bun fixing up the farm machinery and listening to stories. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family, he was a great man.
    Vicki & Don Asher

  13. Marilyn and Ron Sinz

    Please accept our sympathy! May God bless and comfort you.

  14. Kristine Polzer

    What a wonderful man Bun was. Sending our deepest sympathies to Lorraine and the family.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  15. Douglas & Carolyn Hunt

    Our sincere condolences.

  16. Michael and Tricia Minturn

    God bless your families as you morn the loss of your father. We pray that you find peace in God's promise for a heavenly home for those who believe in Jesus. Bun's journey now complete is smiling down on you from his heavenly home.

  17. Veronica Peters

    Bun was such a wonderful man. He was always full of energy and fun stories. He was a great example of how to show people how much they were loved.He will be greatly missed.❤️

  18. Richard Bates

    Family of Bernard Brenner:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Bernard was a great person who will be remembered in our prayers.

    Dick & Jan Bates

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