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Meri E. (Valentyne) DeBruin

December 21, 1952 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Meri DeBruin Obituary

Meri (Valentyne) DeBruin was born on December 21, 1952 and entered the loving arms of the Lord on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from a very rare lung disease.  She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family.  

Meri was the rock of her family, and became the matriarch of the DeBruin family after Lari's parents passed away.  She cherished Lari, her boys, her daughters-in-law, and especially her grandchildren who she loved to spend time with. 

Meri will forever be remembered for being kind, selfless, caring, patient, and strong. She was never judgmental, and was accepting of whatever life threw her way.  To know her was to love her, and everyone who knew her was blessed to have her in their life. 

Gatherings at her home were always filled with love and laughter.  Weekends at the lake were some of Meri's favorite times.  She also enjoyed her girls adventures, and trips with their many friends. 

Meri is survived by her loving husband, Lari DeBruin; four sons: Ben (Jen), Eric (Keri), Danny (Katie) and Troy (Beth) DeBruin; grandchildren: Leighton DeBruin, Mason and Brayden Skorstad, Mae and Louisa DeBruin, Silas and Sully DeBruin, Karleigh and Cameron DeBruin; brother, Dave (Carol) Valentyne; in-laws: Deb (Timm) McCormick, Tammy (Marty) Van Stippen and Steve (Ramona) DeBruin; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. 

Meri was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Sis Valentyne; a brother and sister-in-law, Denny (Jan) Valentyne; sister-in-law, Sandie Valentyne; and father and mother-in-law, Clayton and Toby DeBruin. 

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2024, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 411 Vandenbroek Street, Little Chute, with Fr. Ron Belitz officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Meri’s name to benefit the Children’s Hospital.

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January 29, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church
411 Vandenbroek Street
Little Chute, WI 54140

Funeral Mass
January 29, 2024

5:00 PM
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church
411 Vandenbroek Street
Little Chute, WI 54140


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