Brooklyn Sonny Roberge of Manchester, who in her short life was a bright shining light for all who knew her, died on November 19 following a brave battle with pulmonary vein stenosis and chronic lung disease.
Brooklyn, who was born on June 13, 2021, spent much of her life in the loving care of the exceptional nurses and doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. She was the darling of the eighth floor cardiac intensive care unit, greeting anyone and everyone she came across with a big smile and a “queen’s wave.” Despite facing her own profound health challenges, Brooklyn was a remarkably happy girl, and the medical team – who shared very close, loving bonds with “Brookie,” as they called her – marveled at her perseverance and joyful personality.
More than any toys or games, Brooklyn loved playing, listening and dancing to music. From Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” to Adele’s “30” album to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September,” she loved putting on her favorite songs, striking her diva pose – one arm raised high up in the air – and performing like she was on stage. Brooklyn often sat in her Grampy’s lap, using his watch to play her favorite songs, and she loved playing with her Tonie music box.
Brooklyn also loved riding her bike, splashing at her water table, watching Disney movies, especially Encanto and Trolls, and swimming in the pool with her cousins at Uncle Joe Joe’s. She loved her sissy, and enjoyed rocking her in her rocker and showing her books. Beezy or B, as her family called her, was Daddy’s number-one fist-bump girl, and was always batting her pretty eyes at Mama.
Like most young kids, Brooklyn was surprisingly proficient at using the iPad – so good, in fact, that she was known to FaceTime bosses and clients if her parents happened to take their eyes off her for a moment. Those calls were often greeted with smiles and laughter on both ends – Brooklyn was delighted to say hello to anyone who answered, and she adored FaceTime. But what she loved most was “hitting the red button,” and bursting into giggles when the call abruptly ended.
Brooklyn was welcomed into Heaven by her great grandparents, Joseph and Nancy Capuchino, Edmund Roberge, Emile Tremblay, and James and Barbara Burns.
She will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Liam and Emily (Burns) Roberge and her sister, Emory; her grandparents, Ed and Kelley (Capuchino) Roberge of Bow and Dave and Doris Burns of Bedford; her great-grandmothers, Annette Roberge and Yolande Tremblay; her aunts and uncles, Andy and Chelsey Burns, Briana and Matthew Bezreh, and Meaghan Clark and Austin Hall; her cousins, Bryce and Sydney Burns and James Bezreh; her “Grammy Deb” Sullivan; her fur brother, Oakley; and the many great aunts and uncles, cousins and extended family and friends who adored her.
The family is immensely grateful for the care, love and friendship of the incredible doctors, nurses and other health professionals at Boston Children’s Hospital, and in particular for Christina Ireland and John Kheir, who continue to work tirelessly on programs dedicated to saving the lives of children like Brooklyn.
SERVICES: A Mass of the Angels will be celebrated at Saint Anselm Abbey, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, on Wednesday, November 22nd at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lady Josephine Foundation (www.ladyjosephinefoundation.org), which works to raise awareness and better the lives of children with PVS.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester, is assisting with arrangements. To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.