Bernice Brantner

Bernice A. Brantner, 90, of Eau Galle, formerly of Mondovi, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Plum City Care Center, in Plum City.
Bernice was born July 21, 1928, on the farm in the Township of Lima, rural Durand. She was the daughter of August and Elenora (Weissinger) Hayden. Bernice graduated from Sacred Heart High School-Lima, rural Durand. She married Awald Brantner Aug. 5, 1947, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima.
After marriage, they made their home on the farm in Albany Township, where they farmed and raised their family. In 1971, they moved into Mondovi, where Bernice helped her husband with their Beer Distributing Business.
Bernice was active in her church at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Rock Falls, and later at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Mondovi.
Bernice loved doing craft work, gardening, playing games, cards, and doing puzzles. She spent a lot of time babysitting her grandchildren. Bernice especially liked to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by her children, Shirley (John) Smith of Eau Galle, Sandy (Bernie) Weiss and Tom (Janet), both of Mondovi, Cindy (Glen) Grisim of Northfield, Minn., Dawn (Jim) Ulwelling of Eau Claire, Jeff (Sue) of Prescott; 17 grandchildren, six step grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one step great-grandson; brother, Joseph (Marilyn) Hayden of Altoona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Awald; three sons, Gary, David and Kevin; daughter-in-law, Bridget Brantner; three sisters, Marion Prissel, Florence Fedie, Helen Bilderback; three brothers, Bill, Eddie and Jim Hayden.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, in Eau Galle, with Rev. John Schultz officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the services at the church on Saturday.
Online condolences may be made at
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of Durand, is serving the family.


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