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In loving memory of
Joseph F. Brunner
  • April 19, 1955
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  • September 14, 2022

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Joseph F. Brunner of Cape Coral, FL, 67, passed away at home on September 14, 2022, with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Trenton, NJ and had been a resident of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, before moving to Florida last year.

Joe graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in 1973. After high school, Joe served in the United States Navy and upon his return went on to become a Police Officer in Trenton, NJ, before retiring as a Lieutenant in 2007.

Joe loved riding his motorcycle and participating in the events with his Nam Knights Motor Club family and friends. He was a great cook and always wanted people to enjoy themselves with good food and lots of laughter; he was always a great host. Joe loved his dogs, the outdoors, boating and fishing.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph E. Brunner and Wilhelmina Somogyi Brunner; brother, Raymond Brunner, and sisters; Eleanor Barrett and Irene Hiles.

His survivors include his loving wife of 23 years, Donna L. Brunner (nee Onorati); son, Joseph G. Brunner, Sr. (and girlfriend, Adrienne); daughter, Jennifer Purnell (and husband, Eric); sister, Rowena Wilson (and husband Charles, now deceased); and his five grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Hope Hospice for their care and compassion.

A private service was held on Monday, September 19, 2022.

Upon return to New Jersey, a memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to the American Cancer Society, https://donate3.cancer.org/.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
American Cancer Society, https://donate3.cancer.org/

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  1. Rosa Rivera lit a candle:
    29 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 29, 2022 at 9:23:14 PM

  2. Mike Goydan says:
    23 Sep 2022
    My Condolences and Prayers out to Donna and family . Joe was great guy .

  3. Joe Cannon says:
    22 Sep 2022
    Joe was a good friend, a good man,a good husband and he will be missed Big Time

  4. Cynthia Olsen lit a candle:
    21 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 21, 2022 at 9:53:35 PM

  5. Lorraine Cianfrani says:
    21 Sep 2022
    Stink and I send our deepest sympathy. If you need anything, let us know.
    Lorraine and Frank Cianfrani (Stink) KFFK

  6. Judy Kowalski says:
    21 Sep 2022
    I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great guy to work with and had a great sense if humor. I will keep him and your family in my prayers.

  7. Ed Murfit says:
    21 Sep 2022
    RIP my friend. Prayers & condolences to his family and friends.

  8. Donna Fuccello says:
    21 Sep 2022
    So sorry to Donna and the family for the loss of Joe. So glad for all the great times we shared and the memories made. There was never a dull moment when Joe and Jim were together, and those are the times best remembered. RIP Joe, you are loved and missed.
    Donna Fuccello and girls

  9. Patricia Futch says:
    21 Sep 2022
    So sorry for your loss Donna Jo is a great guy a kind and good friend I will never forget him rest in the arms of our Lord Jesus Joe surrounded by his angels good night My friend for now until we meet again

  10. UNC5 says:
    21 Sep 2022
    RIP Joe
    You were a great guy and a wounderful friend to me and my Lyle,you will always be in my heart along with many treasured memories
    Rest in the arms of our Lord Jesus surrounded by his angels
    We will meet again ,this I am sure of so for now so for now I will remember with fondness
    Sincerely. PatFutch. ❤️

  11. Uyfx says:
    20 Sep 2022
    So very sorry for the loss of your husband.
    My heart goes out to you cousin.
    Please know I’m thinking of you.
    Mariann and Jack

  12. Laura Barrett Millis lit a candle:
    20 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 20, 2022 at 9:58:19 PM

  13. Leslie Leslie lit a candle:
    20 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 20, 2022 at 9:49:33 PM

  14. Leslie Leslie says:
    20 Sep 2022
    Donna and family,
    So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I've known him to be funny, and kind and a terrific cop. He will be missed.

  15. craig kubisz says:
    20 Sep 2022
    good bye my friend

  16. Ron Onorati says:
    20 Sep 2022
    Joe was my cousin by marriage. He was a pleasure to be around. A fellow Law Enforcement Officer gone too soon. He will be sorely missed by many. Our hearts go out to Donna his wife, and family.
    With our sincerest condolences,
    Ron, Sharon, Joshua, and Rebecca Onorati

  17. CHARLES KASSEL says:
    20 Sep 2022
    You'll be missed more than you could imagine, ride free brother. KFFK

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