Merete Brooks

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Merete Brooks

March 15, 1947 - May 31, 2019

Merete Loystrup Brooks (Jacobsen) passed away at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Friday, May 31st, 2019, at 72 years of age.  Taken from us far too soon, Merete was the cherished, beloved & devoted wife to Wayne for 54 years. Their deep mutual love & respect for each other was an inspiration to us all. Precious mother of Ann, Andrew, Catherine (Bruce), Irene (Dennis), Alex, Jason (Ally), Chantelle (Aaron), Bob, Kim, Jordie, Richard & Jennifer.  Merete was so proud of her children & took great joy in their life accomplishments. She & Wayne opened their home to all, with a welcoming smile. Fiercely protective & adored grandmother of Justin, Owen, Connor, Taylor, Erica, Brooke, Braydon, Chloe, Dylan, Sophia, Paige & Mason.  Merete’s grandchildren were a constant source of pride & joy; taking time to celebrate & share those special moments, always parting with a hug, kiss & a ‘love-you, see-you’. Loving sister of Alex Jacobsen (Margie) of Halifax and predeceased by her siblings Birgitta, John and Tom.  Merete was a long-time resident of Cobourg and heavily involved with numerous local organizations volunteering her time with the Northumberland Players, the Cobourg YMCA, and the Northumberland Children’s Aid Society. She was a strong advocate, voice & proponent for children in need, adoption rights and was appointed to a number of Provincial & Federal advisory committees focused on the topic of adoption. Additionally she was a founding member of the Adoption Council of Ontario, the Adoption Council of Canada and a founding member of the Northumberland Police Screening Program.  She saw the good in people & they in turn saw it clearly in her.  The family welcomes guests to a Celebration of Life at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, 30 King St. E., in Cobourg, Ontario on Saturday, June 15th, from 1 to 4 pm.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial donation to a charity of choice.  Condolences received at


Mary and John Goody - June 15, 2019

Merete was an inspiration to all she met. She will be really missed by one and all. She was a true friend to John and I. Loved our coffee dates with her and Wayne, too. Rest in peace.

Donna and Jerry Belej - June 14, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Catherine and her family.

Amy Chan - June 14, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Michelle Wright - June 12, 2019

Brooks Family, Sincere condolences on Merete's passing.I'm sure she will be missed by many.Sincerely, Michelle Wright (Diminie) & Family

Patricia & Mark Perkin - June 12, 2019

Dear Wayne and familyWe were so sorry to hear about Merete, she was so strong and a fighter to the end. Our love, thought and prayers are with all of you.Patricia and Mark

Peter Schmitz - June 10, 2019

Wayne,My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.Peter

Alex Jacobsen - June 9, 2019

Growing up with my sister Merete was an experience, she was a strong person and would always be there for her brothers and sister, she could be counted on and treated all that meet with respect, I will miss here as now I am the last member of our immediate family.I will miss you.Your Brother Alex

Joan & Don Diminie & family - June 7, 2019

We were deeply saddened to learn of Merete passing on, although she hasn't been in good health for a number of years it is always hard to lose a loved one and friend. Merete was always so friendly and outgoing she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

JoAnn Kropf-Hedley - June 6, 2019

The Brooks family has my sorrows. Merete and I took the leadership training course together at the y and enjoyed many many classes and volunteer events together. She was an inspiration to me and anyone who had the pleasure of taking one of her classes or being in her company . RIP my friend ??

Rhonda Bovbjerg - June 6, 2019

Irene and family - my deepest condolences and sympathies.

Christina D'Ornellas & Family - June 6, 2019

Irene - my deepest condolences to you, your father and your family on the passing of your mom. A very special woman who I am sure will be greatly missed. Sending you all prayers for strength and may you be surrounded by the love and support of family and friends at this difficult time.

Brenda Nutter - June 5, 2019

Wayne - I am so saddened to hear of Merete's passing. What a wonderful giving person. Condolences to you and your family. Brenda Nutter

Anne Burnham - June 5, 2019

She is remembered in our family for her big smile, her joy in singing and her general zest for life! We wish all the family well. Anne and Paul Burnham

Doreen Armstrong - June 5, 2019

Andrew, Taylor, Connor and Family.My deepest condolences for your loss. It is always a very difficult time for Family to lose a loved one. Remember all the good times you have shared.

Doreen Armstrong - June 5, 2019 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Maison McCulloch Hospice

Paul Bonner - June 5, 2019

Our condolences to Wayne and family. Merete was a wonderful, fantastic lady and always ready to help. Paul Bonner and family.

Kathy Krakenberg - June 5, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I babysat I’d say the first three kids back in the 70’s from time to time when you lived on Catherine Street in Cobourg. Our paths crossed a few times over the years and she always knew me and stopped to say hi and have a quick chat. I remember her very fondly. Kathy

Liz and Dean McCaughey - June 5, 2019

Dear Wayne and Family,We send our sincere sympathy to all of you. Merete will be missed.Liz and Dean

Penny Irish - June 5, 2019

Wayne and family, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Merete. She was such an inspiration, and had so much love to share with each of your family members. Hugs to all, and an extra one for Alex!! She will be missed by her family at home, and to those whom she touched in the community.