Yolanda “Loni” Girten Brunner age 63 of Alliance, passed away peacefully in her home on September 1st after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Joseph W. Girten and Georgia Buckman Smith and was born on January 11, 1957 at 11:11am in Morganfield, KY. A resident of the Louisville and Alliance area since grade school, she attended Louisville high school. She served as a physical therapy assistant at Altercare of Louisville, where she received numerous awards for her dedication and compassionate care. She will be forever loved by all who knew her.
Loni is survived by her husband of 22 years, David Lee Brunner; parents, Lloyd L. Smith and Georgia Buckman Smith; sister, Kathy Girten Windell; brother, Joseph “Bo” Girten; sister-in-law, Cindy Girten; sons, Ryan (Maureen) Bollas, Robert (Betty) Bollas and David “Davey” Brunner; daughters, Deanne (Kendra) Logan, Danielle (Eric) Bolyard, and Jill Brunner; grandchildren, Kaidan Bolyard, Jordan Bolyard, Rylan Bolyard, Nicholas Bollas, Benjamin Bollas, Maddalyn Bollas, Caden Callock, Skyler Curry, Quinn Callock; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Loni is preceded in death by father, Joseph W. Girten; brother, James Martin “Marty” Girten and brother-in-law, Michael Windell.
The family will receive friends on Friday, September 4th from 3-5pm at Paquelet Falk Funeral Home in Louisville. Those attending the services are asked to please wear a proper protective mask and practice safe distancing requirements. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.paqueletfalk.com
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Truly sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person who cared for others. Her family is everything. She will forever watch upon her family. Much love.
Growing up next to Loni and Dave they’d come over and talk or we would go over there and talk and Loni was always welcoming and caring, she’d always make sure we were doing good and would wave any time she’d see us outside, she was a very good neighbor and woman. I pray that her family will find comfort in all the good that Loni was in their time of grieving. May God be with you all.
She was a wonderful person! My Mom’s service and Loni’s are the same day & time She would walk past Mom, bend over and give her a kiss. Luved her so compassionate! Oour thoughts and prayers are with her family. You truly lost an angel. Family of Shirley Walter.
My friends and I lived at Loni’s house during high school. I think we all can agree that Loni welcomed us into her home as if we were her own children. Conversations and card games at the big wooden table are memories that will last forever. She was always there for us to talk to, and her sarcasm was uplifting. She was difficult to argue with, because Beast always had her back. .Nothing but love for this family, and our great friend Bobby.
Sorry to hear of your family’s loss Kathy. I never knew your sister but remember you speaking of her and things you got into. God bless your family during these rough times.
I remember Charlie and I living near you guys when you were youngsters, we always had a good time when we were together. Life is crazy and I am so sorry for your loss. Loni will be remembered forever she was such a kind and thoughtful person. I love you all and my prayers go out to the entire family.
Lonnie was a good friend and a dedicated PT assistant who cared for the residents that she treated and they loved and respected her very much. We liked trading stories about out children and grandchildren. Family meant a lot to her. She will definitely be missed.
She was wonderful to my Mom at Life Care. We were lucky she was there when my mom was alive.
In the years that I was blessed to work with Loni, I can say that her dedication and devotion to her residents and the staff at Altercare of Louisville was unsurpassed. She was an excellent and caring therapist as well as a gentle and kind soul who put 110% into her work and her family. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Heaven has gained an angel.
I had the pleasure of working with Loni for 23 years at Altercare of Louisville. She was a caring professional, doing her job with integrity and always a patient advocate. Outside of work, Loni was a friend to everyone. She knew so many people and touched so many lives. Her family was her world, I can imagine your difficulty in going on without her. Her stories will be with me forever & I know I will continue to feel her presence at work & she will always be there. God bless you all.
In 2006, Loni won Absolute Rehabilitation’s first ever, “Hero in Long Term Care” award. The annual award was established to recognize employees that demonstrate exceptional compassion, empathy, and care for patients. Loni won it in 2006 and, truth be told, she could have won it every year since. Loni’s patients loved her, she went above and beyond to fulfill their needs. Our rehab company will not be the same without her, she will be missed by all. I extend my sincere sympathy to her family, she talked about you all of the time!
Loni and I went to STA together, and then reconnected when we worked at Altercare together. Loni always gave her all to the residents and had the patience of a saint. Loni always had a smile, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Loni loved her family and we shared many stories/memories about our kids. May The Lord bring comfort to her family. Loni was truly “An Angel Among Us. Rest in Peace my friend. I’ll miss you