Gloria Gwendolyn (Valerie) Brake February 12, 1949– August 27, 2023 It is with great sadness, shock and heavy hearts that the family of Valerie Brake (nee Blanchard) announces her sudden passing at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, ON on August 27, 2023 at the age of 74. Valerie had bravely fought brief a battle with Lung Cancer/surgery/chemo after a diagnosis in Nov. 2022, and was doing well but a sudden unexpected heart attach is what ultimately took her from us.
Valerie leaves to mourn daughter, Sherry Cernius (Vince); sons, Chris and Cory (Tina Duffney); grandchildren, Holly (Jesse Curtis), Aaron and Mylee; brothers and sisters, Bryant Blanchard (Lola), Wilfred Blanchard (Frances), Lillian Caines, Alvin Blanchard (Juanita), Meta Hiscock (Gary), Ward Blanchard and Eva Blanchard; brother and sister-in-laws, Phyllis Sheppard (Dave), Vera Brake, Winston Sooley (Eunice Ryan), Serina Blanchard and Dave Cochrane; former daughter-in-laws, Kathy Meyers and Lucy Nguyen; step grand children, Mathew (Annie), Amber and Kayla Meyers (Kyle Youden); as well as very large circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends that were all very special to her.
Valerie is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Joseph (Gordon) by only 6 weeks and 5 days. She is also predeceased by her parents, John Thomas and Minnie Rhoda Blanchard; brothers and sisters, Isaac Blanchard, Rufus Blanchard, Maysie Blanchard and Rhodena Cochrane; parents-in-law, Walter Cyril and Mary Theresa Brake; sister and brother-in-laws, Matilda Sooley, Rosalyn Brake-Patey, Vivian Brake, Dave Caines, Sheila Blanchard and Bertha Blanchard.
As per Valeries wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a grave site service and Interment of Valerie and Gordon at Mt. Patricia Cemetery, 42 Northshore Highway, Rte 440, Corner Brook, NL with a reception to follow at Gordon and Valeries residence at 55 Northshore Highway, Rte 440, Meadows, NL. Date and time to be announced at later date. As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers donations can be make to the Canadian Cancer society or the Heart and Stoke Foundation in honor of Valerie. Gone but never forgotten. Until we meet again. R.I.P. our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt, Cousin and friend. We love and miss you Mom and Dad. We are happy you are together again
The Broken Chain
Author: Ron Tranmer
We little knew that morning
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you,
you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Gloria
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Fillatre's Funeral Homes