Geraldine (Gerry) J. Brunner

Geraldine (Gerry) J. Brunner age 91 of Elmwood, passed away Sunday November 6, 2022, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.
Gerry was born August 11, 1931, in Plum City, Pierce County. She was the daughter of John J. and Marie M. (Dettling) Kannel. She grew up in Plum City and Spring Valley. Gerry graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949. After high school she worked as an executive secretary at State Farm Insurance in St. Paul, MN. Gerry married Elwin J. Brunner, June 16, 1954, in Spring Valley. After marriage they farmed in the Town of Rock Elm and raised their family. Later Gerry worked for Elmwood school district as a para professional and in the computer lab.
Gerry loved to do embroidery work, she was a voracious reader, she enjoyed playing cards and dancing. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood, singing in the church choir, being a member of Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society and teaching CCD. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Gerry is survived by four children, Tom (Lori), Beth (Jim) Milliren, Mark (Amy), Lori (Brian) Biederman; seven grandchildren, Brent (Jessica), Michael (Lydia), Alex, Maddie (Jordan), Zach, Jared, Lucas and one great grandson, William; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years Elwin, three brothers, Jim, Dale, and Dick Kannel, one sister, Kathy Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday November 15, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Condolences may be made online at
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.


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