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STELLA JOY BRUNER-METHVEN Stella Joy left this world on October 22, 2012 in exactly the same way as she entered it---completely surrounded by a circle of love created by the people who meant the most to her. Stella will be forever missed and forever remembered by her parents Aimee Bruner and Michelle Methven, as well as her brothers Samson (born October 2011) and Hugo (born August 2012). Stella's family feels so lucky to have had her for the last three years; she touched the hearts of her best friend and cousin Gracie Bruner-Gonsalves as well as her Auntie Angie (Andrea Bruner), Auntie Juju (Julia Gonsalves), Auntie Heather (Heather Methven), Uncle Daniel (Daniel Pellett), cousin Xavier Methven-Pellett, Auntie Nicole (Nicole Young) and Uncle Tristan (Tristan Mohr). Stella was blessed to have wonderful grandparents who spoiled her with love each day of her life; Poppa (Noel Methven), DeeDee (Margaret Mohr), Grand-Pa (John Bruner), Nanny (Sandra Young) and Tutu (Marilyn Emery). Other special people in Stella's life were Frank and Arlene Steger, Jen Caldwell and Brad Needham, Grace James, Natasha Watt, the wonderful staff at Childspace 3 / Metamorphosis Daycares, the Farrugia Family (Cheryl, Peter, Cassandra and Nicole), DPT's of Fall 2007 and her No. 3191 donor siblings (Holden, Olivia and Rosie). A special message of thanks to Stella's care team including her palliative care doctors Dr. Kevin Bezanson and Dr. Parween Brar, who are not only superb Doctors, but also incredible human beings, our palliative "dream-team" of An Warnick and Em Hopkins and Stella's nurse Chris Velem, who brought much appreciated humour and warmth to our home. Stella will be missed terribly by all her special friends (and their parents), especially her best friends Arin Akintan-Carter and Flora HayDraude, as well as her other buddies: Tobin, Aurora, Cedar, Ava, Declan, Lark, Nate, William, Eamon, Alice, Evie, Ayokari, Sky, Violet, Winter, Hugh, Zev and Maya. As these children grow up, it is our fondest wish that Stella's spirit stays alive in their smiles. Stella's love, light, infectious laugh and huge heart will continue to guide and inspire all those whose lives she touched. Her time on this Earth was short, but her impact was huge and we will be forever thankful to have been blessed with our redheaded "force to be reckoned with". She is forever woven into the lives of so many people, and we know she will continue to inspire us from afar. To learn more about Stella and her journey, visit In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Centre for Children's Grief and Palliative Care (division of Temmy Latner Centre) or Camp Oochigeas for Children with Cancer. A private funeral for family and friends will be held next week, followed by a public Celebration of Stella's Life which will take place November 10th at 6:00 p.m. outdoors in Riverdale Park West (just outside the gates of Riverdale Farm), rain or shine. You are invited to bring yourselves and your children, and come remember this special girl with us. BYOT (Bring Your Own Timbits)! Please visit for details and condolences. The light of a distant star continues to reach the Earth long after the star itself is gone.

Published in the Toronto Star from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, 2012