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127 Church Street
P.O. Box 370
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone: 1-613-256-3313
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Karen Brunner-Gilmore

Karen Michelle Brunner-Gilmore (Brunner)

Monday, April 12th, 1971 - Friday, March 22nd, 2019
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Karen M. Brunner-Gilmore
April 12 1971 – March 22 2019
Surrounded by family, Karen passed peacefully on March 22nd. Aged 47 years, she has been taken from the world much too soon. Daughter of the late Beth French and Roy Brunner, Karen will be dearly missed by her loving husband Jason, daughters Faith and Charlotte, sister Brigitte, brother Adam, in-laws Rina and Paul, brother-in-law Eric (Sonia) and nephews Aidan and David and niece Rachel, along with her extended family, her network of dear friends, and her pet dogs Tikka, Gunner and Jack.
A primary teacher by profession but a custom tutu and costume designer by calling, she touched and influenced many lives in both pursuits. In her years teaching, mostly in Arnprior, she loved helping the little ones learn and grow, particularly those from Kindergarten to Grade 3. When she embraced her calling more than five years ago, she re-invigorated her spirit, and began actively helping out with tutus for Les Petits Ballets in Bells Corners, in addition to teaching some young children how to sew, adjusting people’s clothing, and making wonderful costumes and prom dresses for numerous children and young adults in the community.
Her love of travel brought her to places like Japan, Vietnam, England, Ireland and Western Europe, New York City and Chicago, as well as Iceland and many of the Caribbean islands. Her love of her friends, family and cooking had her hosting many a summer party, dinner party or holiday at their home, with everyone enjoying good food and good company.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the palliative care ward at the Ottawa General Hospital, as well as the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice Centre in Kanata for their compassion and in helping her and her family manage through a very difficult and unexpected period.
Friends are invited to share memories at the
C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc.
on Saturday March 30th from 1pm to 3pm.
For those who may choose to honour Karen with a memorial donation, please consider the Canadian Cancer Society.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel,
    127 Church Street,
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    Visitation and reception will occur at the same time
  • Interment

    Auld Kirk Cemetery
    Wolfgrove Road
    ALMONTE, Ontario K0A 1A0
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  • Reception

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel,
    127 Church Street,
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation and reception will occur at the same time


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dianne hickling

Posted at 04:54pm
Jason, Faith and Charlotte. I have just learned today of Karen's passing. I was a good friend of her Mom and Faith and my youngest grandson are the same age. Beth and I spent many hours talking about them , but, also about everything else going on in the world. I can't imagine your pain, but do know through her Mom that you are all strong. I hope that your strength will carry you through this difficult time. I send thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Dianne, John and Mary Beth Hickling

Donna Jenner

Posted at 01:00am
Karen danced with us at the University of Waterloo. I remember her being a gentle spirit, kind and quiet. I am very sorry to learn of the passing of Karen. She contributed so many beautiful things to the world, most of all her family, students, and friendships. Forever remembered with fondness, rest well Karen. Strength and prayers to her family.

Cathy Gayton

Posted at 09:35pm
Jason, Faith and Charlotte, I'm so sorry to hear about Karen. I will always remember Karen and Jason for giving me a chance at the beginning of my daycare career and let me look after your babies. You will be forever missed and honored by your girls and husband.

Alicia Luxmore (nee Hancott)

Posted at 11:19pm
Jason, Faith and Charlotte I was deeply saddened to hear of Karen's passing. My heartfelt condolences to all of you. I remember fondly our Christmas visits and of Karen babysitting my brother and I in the summer and our trip to Marineland. She will be greatly missed.

Valerie Wereley

Posted at 10:55am
Jason, Faith and Charlotte...I have never met you in person but I remember Karen talking with great joy and love about you and various family activities while I taught alongside her at Walter Zadow Public School in Arnprior. When we were expecting the arrival of our very first grandchild in 2009, I remember Karen showing up at school one day with a little “Grandma gift” for me made up of “little things” that she thought would come in handy whenever we would have grandchildren at our house. Among the collection of useful items, were colourful baby size spoons that have been well used over the past 10 years...they are still in my silverware tray and I have thought of Karen often as they were (and still are) put to good use. Such a kind, thoughtful gift from such a kind, thoughtful person! That was Karen! May many wonderful memories bring you comfort in the days and years ahead as you adjust to life without her physical presence. It is my hope that, all the love you continue to share with her and with each other, will encourage and strengthen you in beautiful and even unexpected ways. You have my deepest sympathy.
With a heart that is grateful for how Karen enriched my life,
Valerie Wereley

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