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Roberta L. Brabant

July 9, 2015

Roberta L. Brabant

Roberta (Bobbi) Lynn Brabant 61 of Roanoke, formerly of Potsdam and Watertown, NY passed away on July 9, 2015 after fighting a courageous battle with Cancer. She died peacefully at her home in the loving arms of family surrounded with prayers of countless friends. Visitation will be held at the Oakey’s South Funeral Home in Roanoke on Sunday, July 12, from 2-4pm and 6-9 pm.

Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Nazareth Church in Roanoke on Monday, July 13, at 11am with Msgr. Joe Lehman officiating. Visitation will also be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. in Watertown, NY on Tuesday, July 14, from 2-4pm and 6-9 pm. Graveside services will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clayton, NY on Wednesday, July 15 at 11am.

Bobbi was born November 24, 1953 to Lawrence J. McKenna and Helen Coolidge McKenna. She attended high school in Ogdensburg, NY and Watertown, NY. She received an undergraduate degree from Oswego State college in Oswego, NY, 1975 and her Masters and certification in Social work from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY in 1978.

Bobbi is survived by her husband of 39 years, Joseph Brabant, Roanoke and a son Jeffrey of Austin, Tx. She is also survived by her mother, Helen Clifford of Siesta Key, Fl; her Step mother Cheryl McKenna, Potsdam, NY; a sister Deborah (Leo) Grant, Potsdam, NY and brother Charles McKenna of Boston, Ma. Her half sister, Bonnie Sharrit of Florida and Karen McKenna of Boston, Ma. Her mother in Law, Patricia Brabant of Watertown; her Sisters in Law, Charlene (Steve) Harrington of Warrensburg, Mo. and Michelle ( Tom) Joles of Watertown. Several nieces and nephews with whom she had a very special bond.

Bobbi worked as a Social worker for New York State Mental Health Department and proudly served as the co-director of the Outward Bound program as well as having a Private Practice in Watertown, NY, working with children, families and geriatrics for 12 years. Bobbi briefly held a private practice in Jonesboro Arkansas before moving to Virginia in 1994, she worked for Fresenius Dialysis center in Roanoke for 20 years. Bobbi was highly regarded as a Social Worker, she created a special bond with every patient that she dealt with and made a lasting impact on their lives. Bobbi especially loved every holiday and when you visited her home it was decorated appropriately for the season. She was so fun loving, one of her favorite holidays was Halloween, and she inspired the folks she worked with to dress up to cheer up the patients, she transformed herself into Snow White, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz (red shoes and all), clowns, you name it.

Bobbi served on the Board of Directors of Credo Foundation and Transitional living in Watertown, NY. Bobbi served on the Board of Directors and was actively involved in the St. Francis of Assisi service dog association and loved her own service dog Scout. Bobbi developed life long friendships with many people. She was known to be kind, compassionate and extremely faith filled. Her death is a huge loss for not only her family but many friends.

The family would like to recognize Lewis Gale Hospital physicians and staff for the kind and compassionate care they provided Bobbi. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Association or a charity of one’s choice.


#13 Jennifer Loonan 2015-07-13 14:01
So many memories...so long ago. You probably don't even remember me. I remember her from Mercy Hospital where I worked as an RN. I always enjoyed working with her. So very sorry for your loss.
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#12 Cynthia L. Tibbles 2015-07-13 10:18
Omg, I met Bobbi at Mercy because I had group therapy back in 1986... Wow, am so sad... Hadn't seen her in over 29 yrs. Thought of her often... Very non-judging person... Very lovely woman... Am sorry for her passing...
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#11 Paula Weal 2015-07-13 08:50
To the family,
Sometimes you lose track of a person, and when you hear of their passing it is a shock. I am so sorry to learn the news of Bobbi's passing and battle with cancer. I worked with Bobbi on many child welfare cases and was sad when she left Watertown. We are sadder now and wish you all hold dear the good memories.
Paula Weal, former DSS Foster Care supervisor
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#10 linda madill 2015-07-12 14:05
so sorry Joe and your family for your loss, you are in my prayers and thoughts.
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#9 Maryann Bowman Fish 2015-07-12 09:10
I am so sorry for the loss of Bobbi. She was a bebeautiful person inside and out. I had the pleasure of meeting Bobbi when i was a little girl, at Mercy. She helped me deal with a lot of issues. I was extremely saddened when she left.
R.I.P. BOBBI. You will be missed but never forgotten!!!
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#8 Nelson&Judy Sholette 2015-07-11 22:30
Dear Joe and Helen,
We are so very sorry about the loss of Bobbi! She was a good friend and wonderful to others. We will remember her fondly. We are praying for you during this difficult time.

God Bless you,
Nelson and Judy Sholette
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#7 Debra R Gilligan 2015-07-11 20:41
Joe I was very sorry to hear of your Loss. I wish to send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .God bless
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#6 Anne Sullivan 2015-07-11 14:29
I was deeply saddened to read of Bobbi's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at Mercy Hospital Mental Health Services. She was a very caring person who took pride in her work. My thoughts are with the family during this painful time.
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#5 Margaret Hough 2015-07-11 08:43
Joe and Charlene - I was so sorry to read that Bobbi died. I enjoyed working with Bobbi at Mercy. She was a gifted and compassionate Social Worker. You and your family will be in my prayers.
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#4 John Damon 2015-07-11 06:55
Joe, Candy and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss.
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