OBITUARY

Brooke Marie Groner

October 23, 1990June 10, 2022
Obituary of Brooke Marie Groner
Brooke Marie Groner passed away in New Orleans on June 10, 2022 at the age of 31. She was born in Baton Rouge on October 23, 1990. Brooke was preceded in death by her grandparents, Murphy & Diane Arceneaux and Lloyd & Anna Mae Hidalgo. Her family’s greatest comfort is in knowing that they are all now reunited. Brooke is survived by so many people who love her: by her husband who worked every day to show her how much he loved her, Joey Groner, and their beautiful dog, Lola, who she will continue to watch over, guide, and be immensely proud of. By her super-mom, Cindy Arceneaux Hidalgo, who never turned down a phone call asking for advice on work, home ownership, or any other “grown up thing” Brooke wasn’t prepared for. By her caring father, Dwight Hidalgo, who was always there with a massive plate of jambalaya to make Brooke happy. By her brother, Ryan Hidalgo and sister-in-law Joanna, whose home is such a happy place filled with unforgettable memories. And by her nieces & nephew - Eleanor, who had Brooke wrapped around her finger from the day she was born, covering Brooke in special stickers, serving up food from her toy kitchen, and playing teacher just so she could boss Aunt Brooke around. Penelope, who most certainly shares Brooke’s affinity for food, and who just began to say “Aunt Brooke” when she visited. And Murphy, who will be with us soon. Though Brooke never got to meet him, she loves him just as much and cannot wait to watch him grow up. Her family takes solace in knowing that Aunt Brooke will be a guardian angel for these three. She will continue to love them as if they were her own. Brooke was a passionate person who never took a half-measure in her dedication to anything; her personal relationships, her love of traveling, exploring and eating, her work, her love for animals - all were approached with the same determination to wring as much joy out of life as she possibly could. She was Joey’s best friend, his biggest cheerleader, his moral compass, and so much more. Just kids when they fell in love, not knowing what it was, Brooke and Joey crafted a supportive, trusting relationship grounded in the only love either of them have ever known. The best part of this love was their four-legged furry daughter, Lola. Brought home when she was only 8 weeks old, Lola helped Brooke to heal from a loss in her life and has been there for every one of Brooke and Joey’s milestones. She will continue to be a living embodiment of Brooke’s love, optimism, and (let’s be honest) impatience in waiting to get what she wants. Brooke’s love for Joey and Lola was rivaled only by her love for her family, especially her mom. Cindy was more than just a mother. She was a mentor, a coach, and a friend. Brooke relied on her mom for everything, sometimes even more than she relied on Joey. No situation or obstacle ever arose in which Cindy’s help wasn’t needed. And Cindy never said no. This giving, helpful spirit was certainly inherited by Brooke, who insisted on being there for everyone and making sure every person in her life knew they had someone to go to for help. In addition to her immediate family, Brooke was, is, and always will be loved by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and all of her in-laws.There are truly too many to list individually, but their endless love and friendship only went further in shaping Brooke into such a kind, caring, and loving person. Brooke’s love was not limited to her own family. She loved everyone she met in life (unless they gave her a reason not to. She was a Scorpio, after all.) Whether you were a close friend, a coworker, or a Costco employee, Brooke was sure to brighten up the room and make a positive impact on someone’s day. An archetypal “self-care queen,” she encouraged everyone to take care of themselves, to spend a little extra money on the thing they wanted and deserved, and to take time away from their daily stress to reset and appreciate the beauty of the world around them. This approach toward life will be carried on by so many who were impacted by Brooke’s love. She would want nothing more than for everyone currently grieving to find time to “treat yo self.” A visitation for Brooke will be held on Friday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Lake Lawn Funeral Home in New Orleans. A funeral service will follow. Her family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her name and memory to the Louisiana SPCA. Animals played a huge role in Brooke’s life, and we know she would want to take this moment of sadness and turn it into hopefulness for all the dogs and cats of the world. If nothing else, these words should make it clear that Brooke loved so many people in her life. Speaking for every person she loved, Brooke, we have this to say in response: We love you More.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

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Friday, June 17, 2022

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Friday, June 17, 2022

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