Laurie Brickel 1953 - 2020

Laurie Gail Shatsoff Brickel, nee Elgarten, 66, of Fair Lawn, NJ, died on April 11, 2020, of coronavirus-related complications.
She was born in the Bronx on May 6, 1953, to the late Adele and Irving Elgarten.  Laurie graduated from Bronx High School of ScienceShe received a bachelor’s degree in education from Lehman College and a master’s degree in psychology from Yeshiva UniversityShe worked as a New York City public school special education teacher in Harlem for thirty-five years.

Laurie was full of life and full of love.

Throughout her life, she loved listening to and creating music. She was always singing, wherever she was, and in recent years sang with the North Jersey Chorus. She also enjoyed arts and crafts. Most of all, she loved doing anything that involved being with family, friends, and animals (especially cats).

Laurie is survived by long-term partner, Barry Stolnick; son and daughter-in-law, Jordan and Brenda Shatsoff; son and daughter-in-law, Ariel Shatsoff and Megan Wilcox; son and daughter-in-law, Shay and Shandra Brickel; son and daughter-in-law, Allie Brickel and Aimee Irons; grandchildren, Isaac, Derek, Ryan, Oliver, Jaik, Mason, Chase, and Adrian; brother and sister-in-law, Clifton Elgarten and Marnie Walfoort; brother and sister-in-law, Kerry Elgarten and Elizabeth Manning; uncle and aunt, Martin Miller and Sara Swan; uncle, Martin Elgarten; ex-husband, Stephen Brickel and his wife, Mary Brickel; nieces and nephews, Caitlin, Alex, Elias and Ivy; and many cousins and dear friends.  Laurie also treasured many pets, including her cats, Socratina, Reina, Plato, Sampson, Merriweather, Tarzan, Charlotte, and her crested gecko, Oscar.


Graveside Service

Tuesday, April 14th 2020 at 01:00 PM
Sharon Gardens Cemetery
273 Lakeview Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595


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    The Steinharts says

    A lovely, caring individual and a great neighbor. We will miss Laurie.

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      Mary Ann Mahometa says

      To Barry and Laurie’s family, My deepest thoughts and condolences are with you all – the service was beautiful today – so fitting of such a special person – I will keep her, as well as all of you, in my thoughts and prayers

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        Joan Bowen says

        Jordan. Ariel , Shay and Allie my tears are mingled with yours as I express my DEEPEST condolences to your entire family. Laurie was my closest friend and colleague at both FDA and R Clemente schools , and we remained friends for 37 years. Time nor distance divided us. I believe the Divine united us . May God comfort and guide you in maintaining a strong family bond which will attest to the love she gave . I truly loved and will miss her. Your family and Barry will remain in my prayers . Shalom . Joan Bowen ( BoBo her nickname for me)

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    Mary Brickel says

    Our family won’t be the same without you. You will be missed. RIP Laurie ❤️

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      Patty Gooden says

      So sorry for your loss. Thoughts snd prayers are with you.

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        Janet Forrester says

        I am so very sorry for the heartbreaking loss of Laurie. To Kerry and Liz, and all the family, I offer my deepest condolence and love.

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    Alan Kaflowitz says

    Sorry for your loss Ariel, Zichrono Livracha, may your Mother’s memory be for a blessing. Please know that your Taconic OPWDD family is praying for your strength at this time of mourning.

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    Steve brickel says

    Your love and huge heart will live in the memories of all you knew.

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      Rhonda and Bruce Cooper says

      Dear Jordan, Ariel, Shay, Allie, Cliff, Kerry and family members,
      We are so devastated by this terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to all of you with love and sympathy. We will treasure the many memories with Laurie from Woodstock to Bar Mitzvahs to Grandchildren and will miss her forever!
      Love, Rhonda and Bruce

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    Brittney Renaud says

    Shay & Ariel,
    Thinking you, your families, and all your mother’s loved ones. May your memories help you through this time.

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    Katie Smith says

    Shay, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Nancy Perlstein says

    So sorry for your loss. My love and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Nancy Perlstein

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    Joi Mevorah says

    We loved you Laurie and we will miss you always!Or hearts go out to your wonderful family.❤️
    Love Cousins Joi, Steve, Jami and Mark

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    Bridget & JP says

    We are so devastated to hear of her passing. This is such a gut-wrenching loss and we are praying for her and her family to be able to find peace.

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    Maria Cabrera-Pou says

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Laurie at I.S. 195. She was a great teacher, always trying to do the best for her students and family. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    E. Rodríguez says

    Such a beautiful and patient educator always sporting a wonderful smile. You will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences for your loss. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼

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      Abby swenstein says

      I’m so sorry Kerry. We are all hugging you from afar.

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    Gerry and Jan says

    My family and everyone else who knew Laurie will miss her. She was truly a GEM!

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    masooma javaid says

    So sorry for your loss. Your family are in my thoughts and hoping you are staying healthy yourself.

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    jeri gertzman says

    my hear goes out to the entire family. i met Laurie when she was a pretty teen and now i have learned she was a most beautiful woman, i was also touched to know she had a grand child named Jaik! i am sure her memory will be a blessing to you and i hope memories of Laurie will help you now ,as well as in the future. again, my sincere sympathy

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    Shahar and Ashwini says

    We are so so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences. May her memory be a blessing.

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    Pete Goldstein & Dana DeKalb says

    To all of Laurie’s beloved family members, our hearts go out to you and our deepest sympathy. She will be sorely missed by so many.
    The service was a beautiful tribute to the love she provided to all of you.

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    Jed Strasser says

    You were a terrific person and animal lover, I will miss u, R.I.P. 😹😹😹😹😹😹😹❤️

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    Steve Wood says

    Ariel, my heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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    sondra wollins says

    I taught with Laurie for many years and enjoyed watching her involvement with the students. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a dedication to her job. So sorry to lose her.

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In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
1.  St. Jude's Hospital

2) Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
Donations to the shelter can be sent to:
100 United Lane
Teterboro, NJ  07608
Please mention Laurie’s name and include where acknowledgment of the donation should be sent

3. North Jersey Chorus
C/O the Van Riper Ellis Boradway Baptist Church
7-01 River Rd.
Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410

4) First Responders First, supporting front line health care workers

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