LAKE PLACID — Laura Joan Valpy Brunner, 86, of Lake Placid, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid.
Born in Perce, Quebec Oct. 15, 1922, she was the daughter of Dumaresq and Laura (Tardif) Valpy.
Joan completed her education in Montreal prior to serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. She was awarded the British Empire Medal for her service. She married Louis Carl Brunner and moved to Geneva, Ohio, where she raised her family and resided for 26 years. Joan was active in Christ Episcopal Church and was involved with the National Ski Patrol and the American Red Cross.
She was secretary for 10 years at Geneva Elementary School. Upon retirement, Joan moved to Lake Placid where she continued her involvement in St. Eustace Episcopal Church and the American Red Cross.
She is survived by two daughters: Barbara Regii and her husband Bill of Campton, N.H. and Brenda Cotton and her husband Richard of Lake Placid; a son, David Brunner and his wife Rhonda of New York City and Au Sable Forks; a step-daughter, Beverly Stitt of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren: Wil Regii of Encinitas, Calif., Melinda Regii of Portsmouth, N.H., Laura Cotton of New York City, Emily Cotton of Lake Placid and Joanna Brunner of New York City and Au Sable Forks; and two step-grandsons: Rob Stitt of Lees Summit, Mo. and Jeff Stitt of Alpine, Utah; two brothers: Richardson Valpy and Charles Valpy and his wife Paula of St. John, New Brunswick; and her sister, Nancy Dolbel of Toronto, Ontario.
Local arrangements are pending at this time. A memorial and burial is planned for the summer in Perce, Quebec.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society of Saranac Lake, Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid or St. Paul’s Anglican Church of Perce, Quebec.
The Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.