BROCKWAY, Charlene Gertrude – Peacefully and in the comfort of her home in St. Stephen, NB, on Friday, January 29, 2021 with her husband and children at her side; Charlene Gertrude (Omar) Brockway, wife of Sidney Raymond Brockway. Born in St. Stephen, NB, she is the daughter of the late Alfred Dibble and Gertrude Cecelia (Goodine) Omar.
Charlene stayed at home caring for her children in their early years and then began care giving in each of the homes of Doug and Dorothy Bentley. She later moved on to become an employee of Special Care Homes. She worked at Little Acres Nursing Home, the St. Stephen Seniors Complex, Riverside Care Home and spent the last 16 years working for Troy and Diane Stafford at T&D Special Care Home. Charlene was a dedicated worker who was greatly appreciated by her employers, and she was deeply cherished by those she cared for and everyone she worked with. Charlene enjoyed quilting, knitting, coloring, making scrapbooks for her grandchildren, pickling and making different flavors of jam. Reading was a passion of hers. BOOKS, BOOKS, and more BOOKS. She especially loved reading her Bible and enjoyed early frontier fiction novels.
Charlene’s greatest joy in life came from spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings.
Surviving, in addition to her husband Sidney, are their children: Pamela (Jody) Knowles of St. Stephen, NB; Natalie (Dale) Stafford of St. Stephen, NB; and Mark (Micheline) Brockway of Brackley, PE. Grandchildren: Christopher Bartlett and Caleb Knowles; Jesse, Jacob, Benjamin, and Isaac Stafford; Danielle, Kristen and Marcus Brockway. Great-grandchildren: Sawyer and Emmett Stafford-Caldwell, and Autumn and Addison Ferro. Two sisters: Geraldine (Leo) Alexander and Lynne Owens of St. Stephen, NB, and Sisters-in-law, Janet Omar of St. Stephen, NB; and Mary Brockway of Oakville, ON; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her childhood and life-long best friend, Phyllis Bartlett, for whom she had a special love for.
Charlene was predeceased by her only brother, James Omar, and three of her five sisters: Dorothy Parks, Rosalie Hansen and Anne Budd.
The family would like to take this opportunity to extend their sincere gratitude to all of the nurses of 5A South at the Saint John Regional Hospital and Floor 1 of the Charlotte County Hospital who took special care of her during her stay; Dr. Lister and Theresa Comeau who were able to grant Charlene’s wish to go home to the care of her family; and the Extra-Mural nurse, Theresa McLeod, who helped to make her stay at home as comfortable as possible.
The funeral service in celebration of Charlene’s life was held for family members on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Terry Brewer officiated. Euology was given by daughter Pamela Knowles. Active Pallbearers were Dale Stafford, Jacob Stafford, Ben Stafford, Isaac Stafford, Jody Knowles, Christopher Bartlett, Sidney Brockway.
Those that were not able to attend can view the service through virtual broadcast by either clicking on or copying and pasting the link below to your web browser.
The interment will take place in the spring at Oak Bay Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Charlotte County Cancer Society or charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences to the family or donations can be made at www.humphreysfh.com
Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB E3L 2B2 (506-466-3110).