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60 comments on “Christine de Clerck”

  1. What a beautiful service filled with incredible stories and memories of the loving legacy Chris created and shared with so many.

    Thank you for always making me feel welcome at family gatherings. Your joyous laugh, twinkling eyes and zeal for life are cherished gifts.

    Sending much love to all your family and friends.

    xo Sheridan

  2. Dear Jeff & family, Thank you for enabling us to join you “in spirit” as you remembered Chris, honoured & celebrated her life so movingly. You all spoke beautifully & shared your memories so generously that we do feel we got to know her better. You were all clearly loved as she was deservingly so in return. We will miss her smiling face and lovely warm presence at family gatherings. Our thoughts are with you; our hearts go out to you Love John & Freda

  3. What a beautiful tribute to Chris and the influence she has been on all of your lives. It’s not an easy thing to do, speak of the loss of your Mum, but you each did it so beautifully and she would be very proud of you!
    It was so lovely to see each of you again after some time and hear of your marriages, engagement and children. I’m sure we are not alone Sean in also wondering why you are still single 🙂 Such a lovely young man. Your calm manner and love and support of Danny as he spoke was beautiful.

    It was lovely to hear from different family members and friends and hear their stories and learn more about Chris! Loved the car stories!

    Chris’ love of children was evident and my Daughter Bella remembers Chris greeting her after Church one day with the words from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ saying ‘ How do you do and shake hands, shake hands, shake hands. How do you do and shake hands. State your name and business’ – holding her hand out to shake belle’s. Bella didn’t know the movie at the time, but it made her feel special! Such was Chris’ way with children.

    What a lovely show of support from Jeffs work mates in the trucks following the hearse! It was very special!

    Love to you all,

    Suzy and bella Xoxo

  4. Dear Jeff, family, relatives and friends,
    Sending our deepest condolences on the loss of Chris. It was a most beautiful and moving service and was wonderful to be able to watch it.
    Love to you all at such a difficult time.
    Lucy and Brian Chapman

  5. A beautiful service, thank you so much for inviting us to join. Sending much love from David and Michaela, friends of Sean from Canberra. xxx

  6. Dear Jeff, family and friends, we offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Chris, a remarkable woman honoured so beautifully by you all. She will live on in you all, we pray her spirit stays close.
    Much love to all
    Alicia and Murray

  7. Beautiful service. She was always so kind towards me. That’s what I will remember about her most.

  8. Dear Jeff, and family,
    Sending our love to you all and praying that you will find comfort in each other at this sad time and God will wrap his loving arms around you, today was a wonderful tribute to Chris and her life.
    Love from,
    Lynda and Bruce Prowse

  9. Dear family, thankyou for sharing this with us. Seeing you all gives such love and hope as it is obvious to see Chris in all of you. Those Cement Mixers were very funny. Love to you all Esther den Otter (PKA Esther Stanszus ; )

  10. Thank you for sharing. I will always have great memories of childhood times at the beach and Narbethong with my cousins. My heart goes out to you all. XXOO

  11. Dear Jeff and family,
    Thank you for enabling us to watch the service for Christine.
    We grieve with you at Chris’ home call, but offer comfort and strength in Christ’s declaration that He has gone ahead to prepare a place for us, and will come again and receive us to Himself, so that where He is, we may also be gathered. (John 14)
    From watching the beautiful celebration of Chris’ life, we see that she is very much with you all. She has left part of herself in each of you. This is a treasure to hold onto, until you are all united in Him.
    Our love and prayers are with you all. Valerie and Phillip.

  12. Dear Heather, Jeff, Melissa, Cherie and Danny

    I can’t begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. Your words today were beautiful and I’m sure she would be so proud of the wonderful service you created to honour and celebrate her life.

    She will never be forgotten as she has left behind the most wonderful legacy in her children. You will all be in my prayers.

    Sending my love to you all.

  13. Beautiful service, for a beautiful lady who was a great friend to our family. So proud of you all. Sending lots of love.. Those cement mixers made me laugh. Cathy Hillard xxxxx

  14. Dear Jeff and family,
    What a beautiful service celebrating Chris’s life, you all have so many wonderful, precious memories of her I know she will live on in your hearts forever. All our love and prayers Ian and Karen xx

  15. Jeff, Cherie, Melissa,Sean, Danny and all of Chris’s family, our prayers and hearts go out to you. It has been a blessing and privilege to have known Chris. Hope and love.

  16. Such a beautiful service for an absolutely beautiful caring woman X I’m so grateful that I got the chance to know Chris and how loving she was X

  17. Heather, what an incredible service honouring Chris. Thank you and to all the family for being vulnerable and sharing so deeply with us all your love for Chris. Such a heartbreaking time losing such a beautiful person. I still can’t believe it’s happened. Chris aka ‘Bruiser Brookes’! was so full of life and we all loved being part of the Youth group at Mornington Baptist with Chris. The family she created with you Jeff is testimony to all that Chris valued and loved. Praying for you Heather and family as you continue to grieve for much loved Chris xo

  18. Thank you so much for allowing us to join this very special service. Deeply moved and inspired by such beautiful words, and the light and courage of Chris. Much much love and blessings xx

  19. Dear Jeff , Melissa , Cherie, Sean and Danny
    Sad that we couldn’t be there physically for you.
    It was a beautiful service. We will always remember Chris for the beautiful person she was .
    We love you all !
    Mark Kristen and kids .

  20. What a beautiful service. I feel privileged that our families have been able to journey through this life together. Thank you Chris for the laughter and tears, the wedding cake you made for my wedding, and the leggings you whipped up on a whim for me as a child one afternoon: one pair a sensible, practical bone colour, the other a garishly flamboyant crazy daisy print that was on sale.

    Your strength and love shone like a beacon through your beautiful children today, and I know will continue to shine through as they carry you with them in their hearts.

    Sending all my love and prayers,


  21. I met Chris on the first day of school at Boneo. She was a breath of fresh air. Such a bubbly, energetic and interesting person. We talked in the car park for at least an hour. I remember thinking I’ve only just met this person but it feels like I’ve known her forever. I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity Chris showed me and my family. I trusted her completely. I will never forget her exuberant and infectious laugh, her energy, her generosity and her devotion to her family, the way she enfolded others in her love and life.
    Our love and prayers go out to you all at this very sad time.
    from the Baldwins

  22. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the service today.
    Everyone did so well in sharing the amazing and incredible person Chris was and how she lived life to the full.
    Such an inspiring woman and family!
    Thinking of you all in what must be a heart wrenchily difficult time.
    In love and prayer, Will, Rikky and Daisy

  23. Dear Jeff, Mel, Cherie, Sean, Danny & the rest of the fam,
    My deepest thoughts and condolences to you.
    I pray that God would surround you all with His incredible love, comfort & peace in this extremely difficult time of sadness & grief.
    Chris was such a beautiful, kind & caring woman of God and her legacy lives on through her great tribe of children! It was an absolute privilege to have known and spent time with Chris. I’m so grateful for all the great memories with her & the whole fam down at the Rye & St Andrews homes and for the many celebrations we had together.
    Much love to you all at this time,
    God Bless, Matty Dub

  24. Dear Jeff, Melissa & John, Cherie & Sam, Sean & Danny
    What an honour and privilege it was to share in your moving and loving family farewell to Chris.
    Ciao Chris, until we meet again
    Sending you all much love from Judy n Mim Gaetano

  25. Dear Jeff & family. Such a beautiful and moving service that honoured Chris and the legacy she leaves behind. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Pandora

  26. We spent lots of good times with Chris at Mornington Baptist youth group.
    What an amazing women she was and what an incredible family and service.
    Love to you all as you remember the great times you had with one very special wife and Mum x
    Lyn and Kerry Thomas

  27. Such a beautiful service, thank you for allowing us to share in it with you all. We are deeply sorry for you loss. Chris will be greatly missed, sending you all our love, Helen, David, CJ, Bekkah & Benji.

  28. Hello Jeff and family
    Such a loving tribute to a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and hope that you continue to find peace and comfort in the Lord and with each other.
    Andrew and Marilyn

  29. Sending love and prayers. Chris’ passion is seen in the beautiful family she leaves behind. Much love the Avions.

  30. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to be part of this service – such a beautiful tribute to this wonderful lady and God’s work in her life. We are keeping you all in our prayers-that Christ will be your comfort and strength.

  31. I smile because I knew Chris, and had the privilege to be her friend. I cry, because I always thought we’d see each other again. Thank you for today’s service. It was so very much Chris (even the casket). She was always so proud of her family, and you have done her proud again.

    Love to you all at this heartbreaking time,

  32. A beautiful service for a beautiful woman. It meant so much to be able to attend this service despite being on the other side of the bay ❤.

  33. Christine was an exceptionally lovely person and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Our sincere condolences to her husband, Jeff, their children, Melissa, Cherie, Sean and Danny, and her mother Heather Brookes, sisters Janice, Diane and brother Colin. Also to her grand-children and many nieces and nephews, our thoughts are with you.
    Ian (cousin) and Paula.

  34. So glad we could be part of the service Jeff,Melissa ,Sean and Danny even under difficult circumstances. Such a lovely thanksgiving service. May God bless you all in the days ahead. We will remember Chris and her vibrant life for her family,her church and for Jesus. John and Glenice Lamb.

  35. Jeff, Mel, Cherie, Shaun, Danny and the rest of the family, our hearts go out to you today. Praise the Lord for how much of Christ was displayed in Chris’ life, and how he caused her to be such a blessing to her family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Hello Jeff and your beautiful family. I pray you will know God’s comfort and peace in a special way as you struggle to come to terms with life without Chris. You all did Chris and our Lord Jesus proud today.
    With Christian love

    Lyn Buchanan

  37. Beautiful life, beautiful service, beautiful family, you made us cry.
    Love to you all
    Robyn Burke

  38. Love you guys.Wish we could give you all a hug. Chris would have been so proud of you all!
    So privileged to have shared life, and laughs, with you and to call Chris our friend.
    Great job today!
    Every blessing,

  39. Such a lovely service. We never knew Chris but we’re friends of Danny and we prayed for her throughout her illness. It was great to get a glimpse of who she was. We’re going to keep her and all her family in our prayers. God Bless.

  40. Beautiful service. A true celebration of a life well lived. Our deepest condolences to your entire family in this difficult time.

  41. Beautiful words by the whole family. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and praise God that Christine is now in glory with him.

  42. Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful service.

    Danny was right: the love of Jesus truely did flow from Chris in all that she did.


    Jamie and Julie Edgerton

    1. We are praying God’s peace will be really with you and your family at this time …..

  43. We’re so grateful that we could participate from Canberra, and join in this lovely celebration of Christine. Sending love to all of you in Victoria. A beautiful service.

  44. Denise and Alen Garrett:
    We remember Chris as a strong member of the Brookes family which we so much admire.
    We are priviledged to have known her.
    A remarkable life lived well.
    Our best wishes to the family.

  45. Dear de Clerck Family and friends.
    My heart goes out to you all. A beautiful family facing one of life’s most difficult times of anguish, hurt and deep loss in the love for your wife Chris, mother, daughter, sister, aunty and grandmother Annie.
    Your pain may be unbearable. I feel a little of your grief but can not possibly know your loss at this time.
    May the love you have for each other and the depth of your faith sustain you at this time.
    My love to you all, Gerhard

    You all gave such wonderful, giving, courageous, loving accounts of your soul mate, mother and beloved sister.

  46. Wonderful words and a gorgeous service for an incredible woman. Thoughts, love and prayers to you all.

  47. Our love thoughts and prayers for you all as a family at this time. With fond and loving memories of Chris. With our deepest sympathy Love Gary Heather and family

    1. We’ve been so blessed to have shared Christmas with you the last few years and honored to have known Chris for just a few short years. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Much love xxoo
      Rod and Robyn Hearn

  48. Hi Jeff and family, our deepest condolences in this time. Thinking and praying for you all. Love Adam & Kylie Butler

  49. Hi Jeff and family sorry to leave to about. i am in the process of write you all your letter of my memories of Christine i will send it to Rosebud church as they would personal due to protacals Cheers Gary Colston

    1. Heather, I can’t say how much my heart goes out to you and your whole family. I will continue to pray for you all.
      Much love and sympathy to every one of you

    2. Dear Jeff, family and friends, sending our deepest condolences on your deep loss, was a joy to witness such a beautiful honouring of Chris’ life, and of her faith.
      Lots of love
      Alicia and Murray

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