Elaine Benbrook

Obituary of Elaine Benbrook

Our mother, Elaine Benbrook, lovingly known as Mom Mom to her grandchildren, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Mom Mom was the daughter of Albert and Gertrude Burdge. She was raised in Blairstown, New Jersey and a graduate of Blairstown High School, Class of 1958. After her graduation she attended Douglas College on a full academic scholarship, returned home to care for her father and completed her degree in education at East Stroudsburg University. She subsequently obtained a Master's Degree in Special Education. She was a tough, but caring and devoted, teacher for almost forty years. Upon her retirement, she donated hundreds of books she had purchased to enhance her student's classroom experience to local libraries. She was an avid gardener, with a green thumb and an eye for landscaping, a nonpareil self-taught cook, who could whip up delicacies out of anything at hand, and an owner and lover of numerous dogs, cats, horses, and other animals, throughout her life.

Mom Mom was a force for good in this world. She was an intelligent, kind and loving mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor throughout her life. She always put the interests of her children and grandchildren before her own. Her wisdom, grace and love will always fill our hearts and will continue to guide and influence us for the remainder of our lives. She is survived by her son, Kevin Benbrook, her daughters, Colleen Benbrook and Kathy Benbrook-Reilley, her son-in-law Tim Reilley, and her four grandchildren, Sierra Benbrook, Savannah Benbrook, Kyle Benbrook, and Summer Benbrook.

The entire family is grateful for the support of so many friends, family and caregivers, and extend sincere gratitude to each and every one of them for their kindness during this trying time.

Per her request there will be no memorial service. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Throughout her life, Mom Mom was a vigorous donator to numerous charities supporting our veterans, animal rescue, several disease fighting and humanitarian relief charities. If you would like to honor Mom Mom in any way please consider making a donation to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. If you would like to make us aware of your thoughtfulness you can have St. Jude's send an email to aebenbrook@yahoo.com. Offers of condolence may be made at newbaker.com, Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Box 224, Blairstown, NJ 07825.