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Irma M Brantner

Irma M Brantner

Irma M. Brantner, age 94 of Durand, died Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Hillview Senior Living in Mondovi with her family by her side.

Irma was born on March 16, 1927 at home on a farm in rural Nelson. She was the daughter of Frank C. and Dorothy E. (Bauer) Fichtenbauer. Irma attended various country schools, including Sacred Heart Catholic School in Lima. She married Bernard J. Brantner on November 25, 1946 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. After marriage they resided in the Town of Durand where they raised their family. Irma’s faith was especially important to her with daily prayers and rosaries. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish for many years.

Irma enjoyed weekly trips around the area for Friday fish frys. She also enjoyed baking, going to coffee with friends, talking on the phone, playing cards and tending to her flowers. Irma loved animals, taking care of her dogs and feeding the birds. She played music by ear, and enjoyed singing and drawing. Most of all, Irma loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Irma is survived by her children, Roger of Elizabeth, NJ, Ruth (Bruce) Benson of Durand and Bob (Michelle) of Marcellus, NY; 10 grandchildren, Mark, Monica, Brian (Heather), Kirsten (Adam), Angie (Terry), Rick (Kristina), Justin (Paige), Drew (Ashley), Bethany (Rob) and Afton; 16 great grandchildren with one on the way, six great great grandchildren with one on the way; three sisters, Trudy (Glenn) Lehman of Alma, Irene Halverson of Mondovi and Evelyn Prissel of Eau Claire; one brother, Ray (Bev) Fichtenbauer of Nelson, many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bernard J. Brantner; one son, Stephen; one grandson, James Brantner; one grandson-in-law, Shon Richardson and brother-in-law, Edward Prissel Jr.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Hillview Senior Living in Mondovi and Grace Lutheran Communities-River Pines in Altoona for all of their care and compassion over the past few years. Also to St. Croix Hospice, Dr. Sal Obaid, Dr. Rick Stoughton and their staff for their loving care.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30AM Thursday, September 23, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. Rev. Emmanuel Asamoah-Bekoe will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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



    Message for Roger;
    It's been about 50+ years since we've communicated.
    Thought I should at least say hello Roger;
    Good memories from our few years in High School at
    Lima......I was hoping to make it to your Mom's funeral but did not because of having a "nasty" cold
    but now feel better; Another classmate, Dave Bauer
    mentioned your Mom's last rites at the Lima church
    were attended by others we may have remembered.
    Hope you're OK and maybe we can connect in person at our next class reunion.
    Bob Sinz

  2. Rhonda Taylor

    So sorry to hear about your mom/grandmother we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending all our love, John and Rhonda

  3. Duane & Tammy Sinz

    Aunt Ruth, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers....

  4. Monica and Dallas Heitman

    Our deepest sympathy to you all! We will be gone to VA to our daughters wedding this week-end but we send our love and prayers! I am sure "Irma stories" will be shared and enjoyed by all! Love, Dallas and Monica

  5. Paula Smith



  6. Dale Prissel and Tonya

    So sorry for your loss, with all our love . Prissel Family

  7. Neil and Karen Bailer

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all your family members in this difficult time. God be with all of you as you traverse this bumpy road. Love to all. ????????

  8. Judy and John parr

    Sorry for your loss wlovey lady

  9. Kristin Steller

    I’m so sad to hear of Grandma Irmas passing…I sure loved her sense of humor and I LOVED her cooking..especially her baked goodies! She made the BEST banana bread ever! Condolences to the family❤️❤️

  10. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Keeping you all in our prayers.

  11. Ronald (Ron) J. Webb

    Patti and I were so sorry to hear about Irma’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Love, Ron & Patti Webb

  12. Amanda and Paul Glaus

    Sorry to hear of you loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Angela Brantner

    My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  14. Dana

    Dear Aunt Ruth, Angie and family,
    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I loved going to her and her husband’s home when I was young and going up their hill. I have such good memories of them. They both were so loving to me and my brother. Irma, especially gave the sweetest hugs. Prayers of comfort for you all.
    Hugs and love,

  15. Joy J Dock

    Thoughts and prayers going out to the Brantner Family.

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