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Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel

467 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Dorothy Brunelle

May 15, 1935June 24, 2020

Another angel received her wings on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020. We will miss this loving, kind, witty and generous member of our family. We will celebrate her wonderful life with a celebration of the holy mass at St Anslem’s Church on Tuesday, July 14th, at 10:30 Am. Dorothy’s mass will be followed by a Christian Burial at the family grave at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Dorothy was loved and will be missed by many. She leaves behind her sister Therese, and brother Harry. She is pre-deceased by her siblings; Theo-Philip, Paul, Alda, Olive, Martin, Emma, Albert, John, Lucille, Walter, and Joseph, as well as her parents Ann and Joseph Brunelle. Dorothy’s kindness, storey telling and positive influences will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers our family recommends that you make an offering of the Holy Mass for the repose of her soul, or a donation to the Toronto Cat Rescue (phone: 416-538-8592, email: info@torontocatrescue.ca)

Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, we have limited space at the church and cemetery, therefore Dorothy’s mass and burial will be by invitation only. If you wish to join us virtually on Zoom, please visit the link below on Tuesday July 14, 2020 at 10:30 AM.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88967027764

Meeting ID: 889 6702 7764

Please contact Rosar-Morrision Funeral Home (416) 924-1408 or go to Dorothy’s Facebook Page for details on the virtual service.

Services

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Memories

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Matthuschka Sheedy

July 9, 2020

As so many people have expressed, Dorothy was one of a kind . Her sense of humour and kindness knew no end, and she lived her faith without hesitation. I am so glad she gave me the opportunity to read her story (biography?) before I left for Yellowknife, as that allowed me to know what her life was like as a young nun. Even then, her positive outlook on life was evident, and that has left a lasting impression on me. The St. Anselm choir will never be the same without her, and she will be missed by many.

Gilda Arnone

July 9, 2020

Dorothy was a beautiful and kind person.
As I entered St. Leonard 's Catholic School for the first time. I was greeted with a smile from Dorothy.
She made everyone feel so welcomed.
Rest in Peace my dear friend.
Terry, my sincere condolences to you and the family.

Jennifer Beggs

July 9, 2020

Dorothy (or "Dot") was a dear family friend of the Beggs family, and a fellow member of the St. Anselm's choir. She sang at my wedding at St. A's in August 2017. We attended many St. A's events together and took part in card making workshops. What a blast! She was a gentle soul and used to walk and babysit our Golden Retriever Comet. We shared a love for animals. She will be very missed. Sending lots of love to her family. Love Jennifer and Pete Beggs (and Sue and Comet are are also in heaven)

LILLIAN CHARLEBOIS. FARR

July 9, 2020

I MET DOROTHY WHEN SHE TAUGHT IN REDWOOD, NY. I HELPED THEM WITH SOME OF THE FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES AND SHE ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT MY CLASSES WERE ALWAYS SO PREPARED. SHE BECAME MY GOOD FRIEND ALONG WITH SISTER MARY AIMEE AND THEY WERE ALWAYS WELCOME AT MY PARENTS HOME FOR BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARY PARTIES.
I FELT I HAD A VOCATION TO BECOME A NUN, AND DURING MY JUNIOR YEAR THEY BROUGHT ME TO MONTREAL TO VISIT THEIR MOTHER HOUSE AND TAKE A TOUR AND TO SEE NOVICES RECEIVE THEIR HABITS.
I ENDED UP NOT JOINING THE HOLY CROSS NUNS, AFTER ALL, I DECIDED I WANTED TO MARRY AND HAVE CHILDREN OF MY OWN. IT WAS A HARD DECISION TO MAKE, BUT I WILL ALWAYS THANK BOTH OF THEM FOR THEIR TEACHING AND PREPARATION FOR A CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE. THEY ATTENDED OUR WEDDING AND ALSO ARRANGED FOR SOME HOLY CROSS NUNS TO SING AT OUR WEDDING AND CELEBRATE WITH US TOO. THEY SOUNDED LIKE ANGELS, I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY SANG.
I KNOW SHE LOVED HER CATS THAT SHE TOOK IN TO MAKE THEM HEALTHY AND READY FOR PERMANENT HOMES.

I ALSO HAVE A FAVOR, MY SISTER DIANE WHO PASSED AWAY IN A CAR ACCIDENT GAVE DOROTHY A BEAUTIFUL BLUE COMFORTER THAT SHE HAD MADE. IT HAD BEEN MY MOTHERS AND WHEN MOM PASSED AWAY SHE GAVE IT TO DOROTHY AS A GIFT BECAUSE DOROTHY LOVED OUR MOM TOO. IF IT HAS NOT BEEN PROMISED TO ANY OF HER FAMILY, I WOULD REALLY LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER GIVING IT TO ME BECAUSE IT WAS MADE BY SISTER DIANE WHO WAS MY BUDDY AND BEST FRIEND. IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME. YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT LILJO47@TWCNY.RR.COM. I CERTAINLY WOULD UNDERSTAND IF SHE LEFT IT TO ONE OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS, BUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT . IF YOU PREFER MY PHONE # IS 315-771-6931.

Oscar Correia

July 8, 2020

Dorothy Brunelle taught two of my sons when they were in Grade 2 at St. Leonard's C.H.S. Dorothy was a gentle soul. I would say it was in the early 1990's. Ms. Brunelle used to cook soup in a slow cooker all morning long and feed the children soup at lunch time. In my 40 year career in education, I have yet to hear of a teacher making soup for her students. When I heard this, I knew she was operating from her soul. The fact of the matter was that we had many students from Ontario Housing who lived across the street from the school who lived in poverty. Ms. Brunelle caught on very quickly that these students came to school without a lunch and like an instinctive mother, she took it upon herself to feed the students. This was done in addition to her teaching duties of which my oldest son can attest that he can read because of Ms. Brunelle. I also remember her telling me on one of my many visits to the school that her "family was falling apart." I took it that her immediate family members were getting on in age and their health was failing. I can see from the obituary the long list of siblings and I now understand what she meant. Ms. Brunelle you lived up to the Gospel values of Love, Charity, Respect and Sharing and I remain confident that St. Peter will welcome you with open arms into God's Kingdom which you worked so hard to replicate on this earth.
With all my love till me meet again..

Patricia Meadows

July 8, 2020

Dorothy was a wonderful, thoughtful and kind person. I taught with her at St. Leonard’s Catholic School. Dorothy always had a funny story to share or a creative activity for the children to enjoy. She has definitely earned her wings.

Nicole Coleman

July 8, 2020

She was my third grade teacher in 1982-1983. She made a deep impact on my life. She remains one of my favourite teachers of all time. I can still remember she making me feel as though I could do and be anything I wanted to be. I don’t think I ever worked as hard for a teachers approval. I wanted her to be proud of me and I know she was. She will be greatly missed.

Hughes Excellent

July 8, 2020

Dorothy was my colleague for more than 15 years at St. Leonard school. She was not only my colleague but my friend and part of my family. She was such a loving person and saw everyone equally. She cared for me, help me understand the Canadian educational system. She loves my wife and kids and I loved her.

Dorothy loved God and she is in good hands with the Lord.

Je vais te manquer mon amie.

Rest In Peace ma chère amie Dorothy.

Hugues, Marie and the girls . The Excellent family loves you.

Terry Balcom Wright

July 7, 2020

Dorothy & I go way back to the mid-50s, when I was her student at St. Mary’s in Clayton NY. We lost touch when I moved to FL but reconnected in the late 90s when I began to summer in Clayton again. What a joy it was to spend time with her! The ready smile, the quick wit, Dorothy never met a stranger. She was loved by everyone & will be sorely missed. I hope she can visit the kitties at the Rainbow Bridge, she loved them so. Thank you, Terry, for letting me know😿.

Cassandra Koenen

July 7, 2020

I was so very sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. I have only known her a short while as we were introduced recently through Toronto Cat Rescue. I had the privilege of bringing her the first foster cat she took. It was one of those moments that you keep in your heart because we spent some time together as she told me many wonderful stories of her own cats who had passed on and the absolute joy she had at being able to bring another cat into her home. She told me "now it feels like a home again and not just a house" Dorothy was a delight to be with whenever our paths crossed and her stories of her life adventures were amazing to listen to. The TCR family has lost a treasured friend.

FROM THE FAMILY