Virginia Joan Brantner

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Virginia Joan Brantner

January 16, 1922 - July 08, 2018

Dacula, GA Virginia J. Livingston Brantner, homemaker, mother, grandmother, friend and independent spirit, 96, died July 8, 2018, at Angels Garden Senior Communities, following more than three years of residence there. Formerly of both Bangor and Winterport, "Ginny" was known by most as being very sweet. She was born January 16, 1922, in Bennington, Vermont, the daughter of J. Guy and Velma (Blue) Livingston, and was raised in Bennington, among a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, instilling in her a deep love of family. She graduated from Bennington High School in 1940, remembered in her yearbook as "Small in stature, but who can match her?"
After high school, she moved to Troy, NY, with her family. Interested in helping with the war effort during World War II, Ginny proudly joined the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARs) in 1944, reported in the Bennington Banner as a surprise to both family and friends. Ginny trained in Palm Beach, FL, and was posted to the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. While posted in D.C., she met her future husband, Charles B. Brantner, a U.S. Navy pilot. Honorably discharged from the SPARs in 1946, Ginny married Charles at the Livingston family homestead in Bennington in 1947. An aspiring artist, she studied commercial art at the Columbia Technical Institute, and worked as an illustrator for the American Trucking Associations before turning her focus to raising a family with Charles in the Buck Lodge community of Adelphi, Maryland, where she and Charles were active in the community and made many friends.
She and Charles relocated their young family to Bangor in 1963, where they raised their children in an old Victorian house on Montgomery St. in 'Little City'. Ginny was a friend to many in the neighborhood, forming deep and lasting friendships with young and old as they moved into or out of the neighborhood over two decades. She was often seen walking her dachshund and had a life-long love of books and crossword puzzles. She was a long-time member and active participant of the First United Methodist Church in Bangor, where she served as treasurer.
In 1986, Ginny and Charles relocated to a smaller house on a picturesque piece of land overlooking the Penobscot River in Winterport, where Ginny lived until a year after Charles's death in 2003. In Winterport, she volunteered at the town library, also serving as the treasurer for several years, actively participated in the local book club, and could also be seen walking with friends in all kinds of weather along Route 1A. She maintained her Bangor and Winterport friendships over long distances while establishing new ones as she first relocated to Yarmouth, Maine, to be close to two of her children and then later to Lawrenceville, Georgia, to be near her oldest son and his growing family. Later in life, Ginny increasingly suffered from dementia while always maintaining the sweet disposition all had found enjoyable in her company.
She is survived by her four children, Karl Brantner of Snellville, Georgia, Hugh Brantner and his wife, Mary Brown, of Danville, California, Andrea Brantner of Stamford, Connecticut, and Jeffrey Brantner of Washington D.C.; three granddaughters, Olivia Brantner of Hitachinaka, Japan, Anna Brantner of Athens, Georgia, and Molly Brantner of Snellville, Georgia; and two grandsons, Andrey Brantner and Kolya Brantner of Wells, Maine.
A visitation and a life celebration service were held in Georgia, on July 11-12, 2018. A memorial service and interment will be held in Bangor, at Mount Hope Cemetery at 11 a.m. on August 27. In lieu of flowers, donations to benefit Alzheimer's disease research would be welcomed (e.g. Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org); Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (www.alzinfo.org); or any other of your choice.)
Published on August 10, 2018
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