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Obituary: Wanda Stampfli Bruner, Nashville

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Wanda (Stampfli) Bruner, 89, of Nashville, passed away at 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Brown County Health & Living Community due to complications of a heart condition.

Wanda was born March 12, 1924, in New Castle. She grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Fort Wayne Southside School. After graduation, she got a job in Washington, D.C., with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After a two-year stint at the FBI, she moved to Chicago and went to work for Chrysler where she met her future husband, William Stampfli. They were married in 1945.

While in high school, art was one of her majors and she was always interested in fashion designing. She enrolled in the Vogue Art School where she really enjoyed a millinery course. After relocating to New Castle, she started a custom millinery business with her own label, Wanda Hordé.

In the mid '70s, the then widowed Wanda Stampfli married Max Bruner and they relocated to Brown County, settling in a log cabin on Coffey Hill.

She spent 10 years working in one of the Nashville shops, then retired from retail, bought the additional lot beside her log cabin and began gardening with a passion.

She was very visible in Brown County, having been an active and participating member of Pioneer Woman and Garden Club. She was an avid and award-winning quilter. Her log cabin on Coffey Hill, where her gardening talents were on display, was chosen for one of the area's log cabin tours.

A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, in the community room at Willow Manor in Nashville.

Online condolences may be sent to the Bruner family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brown County Humane Society.

Wanda is survived by her daughters, Sheila (Joe) Dickman of Brown County and Patricia (Steve) Lineback of Indianapolis; a stepson, Bruce Bruner of Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Kristen Franks, Kyle Rice, and Kelly Lineback; and great-granddaughters, Rachel Coleman, Jackie Franks and Zoe Franks.

Arrangements were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.


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