In Memory of Burton F. "Burt" Brickner

Visitation for Family & Friends (social distancing, and use of masks required)

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday November 16, 2020
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Private Family Mass

St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Final Place of Rest

St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
South Piety St.
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Burton F. “Burt” Brickner, age 86 of Ellsworth WI, died on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Ellsworth Health Services, surrounded by the love of his family. Burt was born on the family farm in Hartland Township on October 5, 1934 to parents Bernard and Anna (Pirkl) Brickner. Burt attended school in Ellsworth, and then Prescott, graduating from Prescott High School with the Class of 1952. Burt served in the United States Army from 1956 until 1959. Burt was united in marriage to Jean Donnelly on April 28, 1962 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City. Their union in marriage would be blessed with four children, two generations of grandchildren, and over 58 years of love and devotion.

Burt worked for over 32 years with 3M Chemolite before retiring. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing, time at the cabin, planting food plots, driving his Kubota side-by-side, or giving tours of his 60 acres he was so proud of. Cabin neighbors of his at Camp Big Bags near Gordon, Wisconsin could count on a good visit from a good friend when Burt was around, and they will certainly miss the continuous supply of Ellsworth cheese curds that he brought north with him every time he went. Above all, Burt cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. Family and friends will miss all of his wonderful stories, as well as his candy treats and suckers.

Burt is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean; children, Joe (Kristi) Brickner, Cheryl (Kevin) Odle, and Kim Enberg; grandchildren, Justin (Nicole) Diercks, Jessica (Chris) Grinde, Britney (Tony) Diermeier, Matthew Enberg, Annie (Justin) Leonard, Michael (Stacy Langer) Brickner, and Cody Enberg; great-grandchildren, Natasha and Zayvier Diercks, Oliver and Ravis Leonard, Camdyn Grinde, Jackson Diermeier, and Emmie Brickner and “Baby Girl” Brickner, who is due in March. He is further survived by sisters-in-law, Delores Brickner, Betty Brickner, Joan (Dennis) Wittenberg, and Kathleen Donnelly; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Burt was preceded in death by his son, Pat Brickner; his parents, Bernard and Anna; his sister, Irene (Earl) Amundson; his brothers, Clem (Ruby) Brickner, Leo Brickner, Raymond Brickner, and Clete Brickner; brothers-in-law, Cal (Margaret) Donnelly, Kenny (Virgie) Donnelly, and Bob Donnelly; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A public visitation for Burt Brickner will be held from 3:00-6:00pm on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant Street in Ellsworth. A private family Mass will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Burt will be buried at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, with military honors provided by Ellsworth American Legion Post 204. His grandchildren will serve as his casket bearers. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421

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  • Dear Jean, Cheryl and family. I am so sorry to hear about Burt’s passing. I will always remember his bear hunting stories, love for riding the trails on 4 wheeler and working with Burt and Jean to bring Raymond back to the community. God bless everyone. Cathy Martin

  • Jean and family,
    Am thinking of you all at this very difficult time!
    Take comfort in your memories!

    My sympathy,
    Karen Finstad

  • Just went by your home recently and wondered how Burt and Jean were doing. Burt endured through many medical events and always appreciative. Take care Jean and family. Sending you my sympathy.

  • I will never forget our time trimming pony hooves. He bought Joe a pony and l helped make the deal. Then he needed to trim the hooves and l helped him. It was hot but oh his sense of humor. The Brickner family just enjoyed life. Thanks for sharing some of it with me!

  • So sorry to hear of Burt’s passing! The neighborhood has not been the same since you moved to town. Miss his hunting pictures.

  • Rest In Peace, Burt. You were my cousin and sometimes playmate those many years ago. I will never forget your organizing of a bunch of kids holding hands until you touched the electric fence. There was lots of laughter as we all had to try it. Lessons learned. Those were times of Family get together, frequently at uncle Ben’s place. As I recall there were 43 first cousins in that Brickner clan. All but 6 are gone now and I trust, like you, they will have made a positive contribution to our world. Thank you for yours.
    With Love and respect,
    Cousin Dave