Obituary for Jean H. Brockley
Jean H. Brockley was born into eternal life on Sept. 13, 2012, at her home.
She was born on Jan. 31, 1927 in Herkimer, NY to Howard and Gladys Hallenbeck. She attended St. Mary's High School in Amsterdam, NY and received her B.S. in Music from the College of St. Rose. She later completed a Master's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, both also at St. Rose.
Jean met Warren J. Brockley while working as a soloist on Father Peyton's Family Rosary broadcast. Jean and Warren were married in 1950. Together they built the family home in Knox, NY, and raised nine children there.
Jean taught for 28 years for the Albany Public School District, and especially cherished her years teaching kindergarten at the Arbor Hill Elementary School.
Jean was a lifelong member of St. Lucy's /St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church in Altamont. She was able to utilize her passion for music while involved in the church choir. While at home with her children, Jean raised several generations of registered collies. She was a masterful gardener, who transformed her family's extensive yard into a paradise. Jean's greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She inspired them with her many interests, and has passed on her loves and talents to them.
Jean loved traveling, and visited Ireland, France, Israel, Prague, Mexico, and Costa Rica, the last as part of a teacher exchange program.`
Jean is predeceased by her husband, Warren, and her brothers Jere and Howard. She is survived by her brother Jack, her sister-in-law Marilyn Bohen, and her children: Mark Brockley, Pamela & Jef Franzen, Elissa & Bruce Hoffmann, Jill & David Kircher, John & Suzanne Brockley, Andrea & Charles Turner, Claire Brockley, Jennifer & Kevin Hale, and Christine & Vic Leemon. She is also survived by her grandchildren Sequoyah, Maggie, Dillon, John, Shannon, Kyle, Christopher, Kate, Olivia, Charles, Julia, and Michael, her great-grandchildren Devan, Isaac, Liam, Danerys, and Epenai, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
The family is grateful for the loving and compassionate care provided by Amy, Angela, Candy, Chris, Elizabeth, and Susan.
Contributions in memory of Jean may be made to St. Lucy's / St. Bernadette's Church. Flowers in celebration of her life are also welcomed.
Services will be held at St. Lucy's /St. Bernadette's Church, Altamont on Monday, Sept 17. Viewing from 1-4 at the church with a Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial immediately following. All are invited to an evening meal after the service at St. Lucy's Parish Center.