US Navy


William Albert Brunner, Sr.

January 2, 1929 ~ March 13, 2019 (age 90)

On March 13, 2019 William Albert Brunner, Sr. devoted husband of the late Ruth Brunner (nee O'Donovan); devoted companion to the late Rose Jacobs; loving son of the late William Brunner and Theresa Simmons and loving step-son of the late Minnie Brunner; beloved father of William A. Brunner, Jr. and his wife Joyce, Teresa E. Dickard and her husband Ken and the late Michael Brunner, Charles Joseph Brunner, Sr. and his wife Joyce, David Carroll Brunner, Sr. and his wife Carol; dear brother of Margaret Nash, Mary Poling, Carl Brunner, James Brunner and the late Robert Brunner; cherished grandfather of Lisa Piotrowski, Stephanie Dickard, Charles Brunner, Jr., Christopher Brunner, Sr., William Brunner III, David Brunner, Jr, Eric Brunner, Mark Brunner and the late Scott Brunner; cherished great-grandfather of Leilani Piotrowski, Addison Piotrowski, Sara Brunner, Jacob Brunner, Alaina Brunner, Christopher Brunner, Jr., Todd Brunner, Leia Brunner, Leland Brunner, Miles Brunner, Rileahna Brunner, Autumn Brunner, Aybree Brunner, Mylah Brunner, Abriella Brunner. Also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Avenue on Saturday March 23rd at 11:00 am. Visiting hours will be held on Friday March 22nd from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, Send contributions to either: Shriners Hospital for Children Fund Boumi Shriners, 5050 King Avenue Baltimore MD 21237 or The Magic Foundation, 4200 Cantera Drive Suite 106, Warrenville IL 60555 and you can also give online at and select memorial donation for donation type.

Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery

Donations may be made to:

The Magic Foundation
4200 Cantera Drive Suite 106, Warrenville IL 60555

Shriners Hospital for Children Fund Boumi Shriners
5050 King Avenue, Baltimore MD 21237

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