CLUBINE, Valerie (Greenman, Soper) - Beloved wife, mother, Nana, and friend has been called home. Valerie met her cancer diagnosis with grace and determination. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 29, 2020 surrounded by family and supported by the love and prayers of so many.
Valerie’s love for people was genuine, her love for life vivacious, her openheartedness memorable, and her faith in God inspirational.
Valerie was born in 1951 in Alliston, Ontario, the beloved child of (Margaret) Jean (McIntyre) and (Herbert) Lawrence Greenman; Lawrence died in 1952 and Valerie was adopted by Ronald Soper, who raised her with Jean.
Valerie is survived by her adoring husband of 26 years, James, her loving son Shane Stapley (Linda) and daughter Marissa Stapley-Ponikowski (Joe); her stepchildren Jason Clubine (Karen); Jeremy Clubine (Jocelyn); Joshua Clubine (Kim); and her brothers Robert Soper (Linda); Craig Soper; and Gary Soper (Nola Fattore); as well as her nieces and nephews, Reid, Lindsey, Lauren, Kurt, Breanna and Chelsea. She adored all of her grandchildren: Joseph, Maia, Emma, Jack, Branson, Julian, Taidyn and Harlon — and baby on the way.
Valerie studied philosophy at the University of Toronto and ultimately found her passion in interior design. She could walk into a room and see it for what it could be; there are many homes and businesses around Toronto (and beyond) that have been graced by her indomitable sense of style. Valerie’s love for travel was the impetus for some world travel with James; it even included summer study at Oxford University that she described as the best vacation of her life.
Valerie was a minister’s wife and the people of the congregation she served with her husband knew her love for them to be genuine. Attested by the many notes received by her family, Valerie’s faith in God was an inspiration that encouraged the faith of others. While words cannot adequately express how much we miss her, we find great solace that Valerie is safe in our Lord’s care and keeping.
We are deeply grateful for the care of Dr. Lena Hajra and colleagues at Markham Stouffville Hospital; Dr. Paul Karanicolas and colleagues at Sunnybrook Health Sciences; nurse Cathy Selwyn at Sunnybrook; and the in-home palliative care of Dr. Andy Patterson and colleagues at Evergreen Hospice.
A private funeral service will be held at Central United Church on Wednesday, June 3 at 11 am. This service will be live-streamed on the church website; www.centralunitedchurch.com A celebration of Valerie’s life will be held when we can all be together.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Central United Church and Evergreen Hospice are welcomed.
"God's peace is a powerful peace that stops the storms within us and beyond us, and gently calls the spirit home to shore.".