Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Brandtner

August 20, 1947 ~ July 5, 2020 (age 72)


God said I need someone willing to count chickens, chase calves, grow trout for the DNR, and bring gas to a stranded farmer, so God made Betty.

God said I need someone gentle enough to kiss the owies of her children and grandchildren, and creative enough to sew diapers for stuffed animals and make hay bales for toy farm implements, so God made Betty.

God said I need someone able to organize community events, volunteer at the church, and advocate for and donate to many charitable causes, so God made Betty.

God said I need someone able to sit up all night comforting her child and taking care of her when she's sick, but strong enough to say goodbye and entrust her to God, so God made Betty.

God said I need someone skilled enough to cook holiday dinners, entertain family and friends, but willing to forgo a seat or a bite to eat until everyone was gone, so God made Betty.

God said he needed an angel, someone to watch over everyone and continue to be the guardian she was on Earth, so he called her home on July 5th, 2020.

Our newest angel, Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Brandtner was born In La Crosse, WI on August 20, 1947, to Arland and Irene (Morman) Hegland. She grew up with her two sisters and brother in Hokah, MN, then moved to Ettrick, WI when the family bought a farm.

She married the love of her life, James "Jim" Brandtner on August 23rd, 1969, and together they owned and operated the Galesville Coast to Coast hardware store for 20+ years. They were blessed with two children, Rena Ann born on April 3, 1973 and Timothy Brandtner on May 30, 1974.

Throughout and towards the end of her life, Betty was very spiritual and active with St. Bridget's Church in Ettrick, WI.

Betty is survived by her son, Timothy (Sarah) Brandtner; grandsons, Wyatt and Xander; sisters, Mary Hegland and Helen (Larry) Rohrer; nieces, Dawn (Travis) Wittenberg and Jess (Chris) Stevens; nephews, Matthew Hegland, Mike (Kari) Hegland, and Zach Olsen; grand-nephews and nieces, including, but not limited to: Ben Wittenberg, Lucas and Levi Stevens; and in-laws, Deb (Gary) Fromm, Gloria Brandtner, Dave (Barb) Brandtner, and Rhonda (Larry) Adams.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Rena Brandtner; and brother, David Hegland.

The family would like to thank the Gale-Ettrick First Responders and staff at Mayo Hospital in La Crosse, WI for their care and support during Betty's last days.

To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, the family will be celebrating Betty's life by working with Wozney-Killian Funeral Home to organize a drive-through visitation on Saturday, July 11th, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery in Ettrick, WI. Please note that the Highway D bridge is out near the cemetery, therefore please re-route accordingly. To express condolences to Betty's family online, please visit


JUL 11. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)

Saint Bridget's Catholic Cemetery
15811 Crogan Lane
Ettrick, WI 54627

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