Eva M. Brockway

Howell, Michigan

Eva M Brockway passed away May 7, 2015. She was born in Mason, Michigan on October 22, 1954, to Ruben and Isabel Sanchez. Eva will be remembered as a beautiful wife, caring mother, grandmother, loving sister and cherished friend.

Eva is survived by her husband of 33 years Rudy Brockway, and their three children Angela DeShong, Jeremy DeShong and Stephanie Van Dyke and son-in-law Steve Van Dyke; their eight grandchildren, Michael Westbrook, Jeremy DeShong Jr., Favian DeShong, Xavier DeShong, Stephan DeShong, Shylah Van Dyke, Shaina Van Dyke and Layne Van Dyke. Eva is also survived by her siblings Alex Sanchez, Steven Sanchez, Alicia Sanchez and Ruben Sanchez Jr.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Interment will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Angela Hospice Care Center, 14100 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI 48154.

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Dianne Zellem
May 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

Eva and I have been friends for over thirty five years. I could never have met a nicer person,she cared about everyone she met and never spoke a bad word about anyone.
Eva is going to be missed by everyone who new her.Prayers be with the family at this very sad time.Rest in piece my dear dear friend.

Carol & Bill Neuendorf
May 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Eva has been a dear friend and neighbor for about 15 years. We love you, we’ll miss you, and you’ll be in our constant thoughts. May you rest in peace, sweet lady.

Joe Brown
May 10, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Eva and I met about ten years ago while I was attending the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I remember the first time we met while she was working at Stillwater Grill in Okemos, Michigan. Eva always had a smile on her face and brought life to any environment in which she was present. She was great friend and a second mother to me. Heaven I hope you are ready for my true friend. Eva, losing you is a great loss to life here on Earth and will always be remembered by this Texas Cowboy, because you have set the standard high for the Angels:) God Bless Eva Brockway!
Love you always!!!

Catherine Cervantes
May 12, 2015 at 12:21 am

Eva and I are first cousins, as our Dads were brothers. She had memories of me when I was 5 and under, but my memories would start later in my adult life. She and her Dad visited us in San Antonio, Texas when I was about 18 years old. Several years later, we met up with her during my Dads funeral in Michigan. We had no contact for many years until we moved to Michigan in 2000. Getting to know her during our family reunions, and later just social visits with her and Rudy had been nice. I have been very blessed to be able to share her life and her past history of our families getting together, since I was too young to remember. She was always so caring, loving, and compassionate towards all her family and friends. May peace be with you now, as I will always keep you in my heart and mind. Love always.

Maria Guerrero
May 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

My dearest niece Eva was a joy to be around, knowing her when she was a baby and through her teen years and early adulthood. Then after moving to Texas, we lost contact after some 20 years of so. But now having been in contact and getting to know her these last several years, I found that she never allowed the hard knocks of life to pull her down. I discovered that with Rudy by her side, she was a warm and loving human being. I am selfish in saying, that I wish she had not left us so soon. I know we will all miss her greatly, but I know the Lord has welcomed her home with opened arms.

Rudy Brockway
May 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

Eva and I Have been married for 33 years. I have loved every second of our life together. She is the best thing that every happen to me. She made me the man I am today. I will miss you so much. I love you.

Stephanie Marie
May 6, 2016 at 2:34 am

Mama, I guess I’m writing this to you not about you. It was one year ago today exactly that we had to say goodbye. Oh what a year it’s been! Sometimes it seems like you have been gone a long time and others it feels like yesterday. I miss you so much, I have a hard time remembering the softness of your skin, the feel of your shiny black hair. But I won’t forget you, you will always be a part of me. A big piece of who I am comes from you and the memories we shared.
I can still see your dark glittering eyes, your smile with the one top tooth that just went over your front tooth, but it was still such a beautiful smile, full of integrity, joy, love, a little silliness and mischief even!
I did my best to keep my promises to you and I think you would be proud most of the time. But having to try to live this life without you, I think is the hardest thing I will ever do. I know you know what I mean because I know how much you love Grandma and you lost a piece of yourself when we lost her too.
What a gift and a curse to be a mother or a daughter, to grow to know, love and emulate someone so much and then to have to let them go…
No you weren’t always perfect mama but you always showed us love. I will never forget sitting on your lap as just a tiny girl and you rocking me in that ugly, squeaky gold chair, yup you know the one. But it was the most soothing noise I ever heard because when I laid on your chest I could hear your heart beat, your laugh, the light thud of each pat on my back with the rhythmic sqeak of the springy chair. It was like a lullaby that I’ll remember all the way deep in my soul! And even at 35 you still held my hand, patted my back and even let me snuggle on your lap (before you got to sick and weak). You were everything a mother should be and so much more.
I won’t forget you, I will never stop talking about you and the times we all shared. I promise we are ok though, we are taking care of ourselves and each other like you asked.
Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow mom, and just in case I didn’t say it enough…I love you!!!


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