Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thomas-Bratscher, Tina Marie

Thomas-Bratscher, Tina Marie

August 11th, 2012
January 5, 1967 – August 11, 2012
It is with overwhelming sadness, Tina’s family announces her passing on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at the age of 45 after a 3 ½ year battle with ovarian cancer. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends at her residence. She will be missed by her soul mate and husband of 17 years, Michael and her two loving children, Noah and Tara. She was the cherished daughter of Tom and Rita Thomas of Wallaceburg and daughter-in-law of Johann and Jessie Bratscher of London. She will be sadly missed by her sister and best friend, Angie MacDonald, her husband, Eric, and nephews Aiden, Holden and Ewan, as well as by her sister-in-law, Margaret DeSousa and her husband, Dennis. Tina grew up in Wallaceburg, studied journalism at Carleton University and proudly worked for 9 ½ years at London Life Insurance Company. She believed in and was dedicated to the Run for Ovarian Cancer, supporting ovarian cancer research. Many family and friends supported Tina during her life, and especially during her battle with cancer. This “village” gave her strength, hope, love and support beyond compare. She was grateful to have such amazing people in her life. Friends are invited to visit on Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where Tina’s funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. with refreshments and companionship after the service. Cremation will follow and interment at Woodland Cemetery will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Tina asks for donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation – Translational Ovarian Cancer Research Group.

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  1. Friends and family of Tina.

    There are some people that come into our lives and we are not even sure how that friendship started. That was not the case with my friendship with Tina.

    26 years ago, I met Tina at Carleton University. She and I were floor mates at the university residences, next door neighbors, in fact. She knocked on my door, and introduced herself with her infectious smile and told me she heard from someone on our floor that I was in Journalism School like her and wanted to know if I would like to walk to class together. I was excited to meet my first friend at Carleton and we instantly connected.

    Tina and I became adults together – discovering who we were. In our second year of university, we became blood sisters that year, poking our fingers and pledging to always be there for one another forever.

    After living together for years, Tina and I parted ways in Toronto in 1991 when I got a job in Saskatoon. We kept in touch, despite the distance. There were two weddings where we were matrons/maid of honors at each other’s weddings, the birth of four children between the two of us - who are just months apart. There were trips to each other’s homes from the west coast to the east.

    Over the last decade, technology brought us even closer together with the internet, emails and then Blackberry Messenger. As good friends, we could always just pick up where we left off, without a heartbeat.

    Tina was a pillar of strength. She was an amazing writer but most importantly she touched the lives of people all over the world. For many of us, we only hope that if we can make a difference in one person’s life, we will feel complete. Not Tina. Everyone experienced her incredible writing in her blog, where she stripped herself bare of her feelings – good or bad for all to see. She inspired those who had never met her, and educated those who didn’t know about Ovarian Cancer. She made a difference in so many ways in the lives of people she met or didn’t even meet.

    Tina was the strongest person I know. From the time she was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, she fought hard. For Noah and Tara, you should know that your mother was relentless. She wanted to beat this, but the cancer spirit was just too strong.

    She fought with such grace, humility, courage, and love.

    She has an incredible village, wonderful co-workers at London Life and the most amazing family. Mom Rita, Dad Tom, Sister Angie and her family – they have always included me as part of their family, and of course, Michael and his family. To Michael, her soulmate, husband, best friend and an incredible caregiver - she loved you, Noah and Tara ever so deeply. Let us remember Tina and celebrate her life and the wonderful memories we all have shared.

    The Native Americans believe there is no such thing as “Goodbye”. The Lakota tribe says, “Doksha” or until we meet again. I was so blessed to come see Tina in her last days. On my last day with Tina on August 4th, she said to me, “our friendship transcends all boundaries” and she said “Doksha”.

    Tina….you changed my life forever. I am so blessed to have known you and would not be the person I am today if it were not for you.

    From our favorite movie, Beaches, I leave you with this…

    "Did you ever know that you're my hero?
    And everything I would like to be?
    I can fly higher than an eagle.
    For you are the wind beneath my wings.

    It might have appeared to go unnoticed
    But I've got it all here in my heart
    I want you to know, I know the truth, of course I know it
    I would be nothing without you"

    I love you eternally, Tina. May you rest in God’s arms. Doksha, my friend.

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