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Brenda J Bauer

Brenda J Bauer

Brenda J. Bauer, age 66 of Arkansaw, died Saturday, January 6, 2024 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with her family by her side.

Brenda was born on March 9, 1957 at the hospital in Plum City. She was the daughter of Gerald and Bernice (Schutz) DeLong. Brenda grew up in Elmwood and attended Elmwood High School. Brenda married Hubert W. “Herb” Bauer on March 17, 1973 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Arkansaw. After marriage, they lived in rural Arkansaw where they started their family. When her children were older, Brenda went to school and attained a degree in nursing. Brenda worked as a LPN at the Plum City Care Center and retired from the Midelfort Clinic in Menomonie.

Brenda enjoyed baking, cooking and going camping. Brenda liked country line dancing and also taught classes for it. Most of all, Brenda loved spending time with her friends and family, especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 50 years, Herb, children Jerome (Grace) of Osseo, JoDein (Kevin) Papenfus of Mondovi, Justin (Celeste) of San Diego, CA and Jill (Jeff) Krause of Highbridge, 12 grandchildren Kaneesha, Emilee, Casey, Megan, Gerald (Sarah), Dakotah (Brandon), Beonca, Emma, Ambrose, Jason, Austin and Brendan, seven great grandchildren, one brother Gerald “Ricky” (Linda) DeLong of Friendship, brother-in-law Joseph Powers of Wabasha, MN, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister Karen Powers.

Funeral Services will be 2:00PM Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand with Pastor Dan Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00PM until the time of services at the funeral home on Thursday. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at the Durand Masonic Lodge from 3:00PM-5:00PM.

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


  1. Doris Scharmer

    Dear family members of Brenda, I worked with her in the clinic in Menomonie. We had such a great time and many laughs. So very sorry to hear she has passed.

  2. Joseph Tabrah & Sharon Tabrah

    She was so sweet and loving to all that knew her. We will not be able to attend her celebration of life but our thoughts go out to all family and friends. Take care Justin and Celeste .All our love, Mom & Dad

  3. Randy & Sharon Bauer

    We send our heartfelt Sympathy and prayers to Hubert and family at this time of loss

  4. Keith Bengtson

    Sorry for your loss Herb and family. Bless you and your family.fut

  5. Kathy & Bob Geraets

    Condolences to all the families on the loss of Brenda

  6. Barry Bauer

    My condolences to the Bauer family.

  7. Jennifer Schantz

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Brenda was an awesome lady and I always enjoyed the time spent with her. Sending my love to the Bauers.

  8. Kathy Hutter Messier

    Condolences to the Bauer family.

  9. Patricia Frion

    I am so sorry for the family.Brenda was not only a coworker but a friend. Hugs to you all

  10. patrick brantner

    I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember that smile. It was always so big and bright.

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