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 Science. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Lehman College and a master’s degree in psychology from Yeshiva University. She 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.