Virginia Ruth Brantman

Virginia Ruth Brock Brantman 89, passed away at the Sweet Life Shawnee in Shawnee, Kansas.


Virginia was born April 17, 1924, in Hazel Run, Minnesota. She graduated from Hanley Falls High School in 1942. After graduation she began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She married Gordon Brantman on June 1, 1947, residing in Marshall, Minnesota. After the birth of their 3 children, she helped in the family ballroom and insurance businesses but mostly was a stayat home mom.  She was a Girl Scout leader (including cookie sale chairman!), Cub Scout leader and Sunday School teacher.


In 1963 the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Virginia returned to work for Northwestern Bell/US West/Quest until her retirement in 1994 after a total of 32 years of service. Virginia moved to the Kansas City area in 2006 to be close to family. Her family always came first and time spent with them was the best. How proud she was of them. She enjoyed the churches she attended very much. Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights was a favorite. She loved Big Band music and could name that tune and quote the lyrics as well as the performers. In her words “I’ve had a good life”.


Preceded in death by husband Gordon in 1997. Survived by their children and their spouses: Jo Ann and Duane Skorupan Shawnee, Kansas. Greg and Susan Brantman Fairway, Kansas. Jill and Dr. Charles Schwantes Prior Lake, Minnesota. Two grandchildren: Tom and Stephanie Brantman Fairway, Kansas. Heather Brantman and Phil Torpey Roeland Park, Kansas. Two great grandchildren: James and August Brantman Fairway, Kansas. Thanks to Gentiva Hospice staff for their support. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the incredibly caring staffs of Freedom Pointe and Sweet life Shawnee for their help, guidance and energy along our journey.



Visitation and Funeral Service


Visitation will be at 1:00. Service to follow at 2:00 both on Wednesday, June 5, 2013,  at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kansas.  Graveside service with internment will be in Marshall, Minnesota on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 10 a.m.



Memorial Contributions


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association,  3845 W. 75 Street, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 or the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, 8900 State Line Road, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66206.



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Posted in Obituaries | on Friday, May. 31st 2013 | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Virginia Ruth Brantman”

  1. ShawneeObits Says:

    From the Amos Family Virginia Ruth Brantman

  2. Diane Zimmerman Says:

    I just want to say how sorry I am to learn of Ginny’s passing. I worked with her for almost two years at Northwestern Bell in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a wonderful, kind lady and a joy to work with. May God comfort you all in your great loss.

    Diane Zimmerman
    Topeka, Kansas

  3. Sara Haley Says:

    I am sorry that your mother has passed, but know that her suffering is ended and she is with the Lord now.

  4. Kathy Coppinger Says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I can see that Greg has the same bright smile as his mother.
    Thinking of you all at this time.
    Kathy Coppinger

  5. Stephanie Brown Says:

    Thinking of you all and your loss of a great lady. She will be missed immensely by all. Prayers to you.
    Nathan, Stephanie, Ruby and Jesse Brown

  6. Jennifer Burroughs Says:

    I pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
    Sending you thoughts of comfort and peace.

  7. Loretta Hansen Says:

    Ginny, as we called her at work, was a joy to work with. I became a friend of hers at work and will always remember her kind words. The last time I saw her was in Des Moines at a church function and was thinking of her lately. My prayers are with her and her family.

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