James R. Brosius
1931 - 2015
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James R. Brosius

AGE: 84 • Brick

James R. Brosius, age 84, of Brick, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015, at home. He was born in Frackville, PA and attended West Mahanoy Township Schools. He served proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

James received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg University and his Master of Science Degree from Monmouth University. He taught in the Brick Township School System for 33 years. He was a well-respected and beloved fifth grade teacher. James was awarded the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Medal in 1976. He was author of "Home is the Battlefield", a novel about a New Jersey youth during the American Revolution. James managed the Brick Township Little League Tigers. He was an ardent Philadelphia Sports fan, especially devoted to the Eagles and Phillies. He loved visiting Italy with his wife and family. Puccinni operas brought him much joy, as did his adoring cat, Asia.

James was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Theresa, and his son James E. Brosius. He is survived by his daughter, Angela Ret (Ed), grandchildren Adam DiAngelo, Lauren Moore (Steve), Julie DiDomenico (Adam), James A. Brosius, Robert Brosius (Vega), daughters-in-law, Michele Wernsing and Jane Colona; and great-granddaughters Tess and Suzanne Moore.

Jim will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. We love you Papa and will miss you dearly.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 2-4 & 7 -9 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Highway 88, Brick. Family and friends can gather at the funeral home on Thursday morning at 10:30 am. Interment will be Thursday 12:30 pm at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.colonialfuneralgroup.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation (www.freedomsfoundation.org)

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 15, 2015.
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April 16, 2016
I was planning to head back over to New Jersey from Pennsylvania, where I now live, to pay Mr. Brosius a visit. I recently located my copy of "Home is the Battlefield," with the idea of bringing that and the report which I prepared after our 5th grade trip to Williamsburg and Jamestown in March 1974 to show him. How sad was I, upon phoning my brother (who is still in Brick) for confirmation that Mr. Brosius was still living there, to hear that he had recently died. I last saw him in August 1988, when a friend and I paid a surprise visit to him at Drum Point. That's when he signed my book, writing "Best wishes and good memories of Drum Point and fifth grade. Mr. Bro."

While I am likely able to name every teacher I had while a student a Drum Point Elementary School, it's Mr. Brosius whom I remember with the greatest fondness. Learning to multiply, playing softball during recess, a trip to a Phillies game, visiting Valley Forge (still have my photos from that trip, too) and Jamestown/Williamsburg (including the 5th grade play before we went) -- these are all pleasant memories for me. He made a positive impression and was a good man, dedicated to the betterment of his students while still providing his class with some fun time (I recall playing the Mad Libs word game as a class with Mr. Bro filling in the the blanks with nouns and adjectives on the blackboard as the class provided them).

You have, James R. Brosius, left me and many other students with "good memories of Drum Point and fifth grade." For that I thank you. For your passing I mourn. I hope that you had Christ as your Savior because I really, really want to see you again in heaven and thank you (again) personally.
Arthur Farnsworth
January 27, 2016
I was so sorry to hear of my Uncle Jim's passing. I remember all the visits to his mother-my great- grandmother Lu and the old gang singing around the piano when she played. All the gang would gather in the kitchen for Lu's inimitable "mackerel gravy" breakfasts. What an era! What I would not give to go back to those days in the small town of Frackville and a simpler life of extended family and friends. I am grateful to have experienced this. My Uncle Jimmy was a great guy-kind and full of good humor and life. I remember his laugh still. My mother Betty and her sister Phyllis were raised in the same household with Jim during the Depression and I remember her relating stories from those times. She loved my Uncle Jim. Sadly, people move and grow apart, contact dwindles as life becomes more complicated and times change. One thing that does not change is remembering the great people Jim and Theresa were, and remembering their laugh and zest for people and life. May I see them again when I leave this earth. My condolences to Angela and family, for the passing of her parents and brother.
Hope Spicer
January 2, 2016
In 1975 I was lucky enough to get a very good teacher for my last year of grade school. His interestand passionfor American history, influenced all of his students. We put on a version of the play "1776" that year that made lasting memories for many of us. I can still recall some of my lines as Rep. Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island. That interest in history shaped a lot of what I do today.

He said we should call him on the 4th of July, just to say "hi" after school ended that year. So I did. And for the last 39 years, we would catch up every 4th.

Here's to you, James Brosius. Peace be with you, thanks for being the teacher you were, and a friend as well.
Jeff Menges
December 29, 2015
Mr. Brosius. You were and always will be my favorite teacher. I remember how passionate you were about the lenape indians and how you got the class to be enthusiastic about learning history. I remember all the fundraising that we did (which was fun and rewarding). I also remember that the class went over to the Laurelton Diner and had a picture taken for the Ocean County Observer in front of the monument.

Thank you for being a great teacher.

Carol Seelbach
December 23, 2015
My published tribute to Mr. Brosius: https://thecurriculumcorner.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/a-slice-of-life-that-one-teacher/?preview_id=819&preview_nonce=67928879bb&post_format=standard&preview=true
Rich Taibi
December 20, 2015
Jim was my teacher in '78. I was so happy when I heard he was going to be my teacher in 5th grade, even then his reputation proceeded him. He helped to foster my love of writing. Each week he would read to us a chapter from his book though it was still years from being published. (So glad it finally was) He had us build of model replica of Williamsburg before visiting it. At recess he would be outside with us playing, an Eagle knitted cap proudly on his head. He set the ideal of what teachers should be.
He was the best teacher I ever had and will be missed.
Jeff McIntosh
December 20, 2015
Wow Mr Brosius what a great man! I have great memories of him and our 5th grade class 1969. We raised money and put up a small stone commemorating the Lenni Lenape Indians campground by Forge Pond I believe its still there. He even came to my house when I broke my leg wrestling in high school to cheer me up. He made going to school a pleasure. He will truly be missed. My condolences and love to his family.
Norman Fell
December 17, 2015
We are thinking about you at this time Angela and all the loss you've had to endure lately.I never had the privilege of having your father as a teacher, but the outpouring of love, respect and admiration from his former students has reinforced what I've always thought of him. We hope that the memories of how special your family is helps to ease your grief.
Mark & Marie-Lou Berger
December 17, 2015
The world has lost one great man. The best teacher I've ever had in my life. I can't even remember how many times I have told someone, sometimes a complete stranger, about my incredible 5th grade teacher and how he instilled in me this absolute passion for history and especially all things Revolutionary War! Rest in peace, Mr. Brosius and rest assured you have made a huge impact on so many who were fortunate enough to have you as their teacher or friend... My prayers to God for comfort and strength to Angela and the rest of his wonderful family. Love you, and you will be greatly missed, Mr B!
John Piantadosi
December 16, 2015
Though I only knew Mr. B for a few years, he was a sweet and funny man that I thoroughly enjoyed being around. He was an intelligent and kind man full of love for his wife and family. May he be at peace and rest with his wife and son. I hope and pray his family and those who were blessed to have known him find strength in the memories they shared with him.
Donna Balogh
December 16, 2015
I only got the privilege to be with you only a few short times. The most recent, my stay at your house in October. My only regret... I wish I knew you longer. I am in education and the outpouring of support from your past students is what should drive every teacher to want to continue teaching. I am truly amazed and humbled. It shows you dont need money or power to influence people - just compassion and huge heart. I will forever cherish my copy of your book that you signed for me pops & will forever remember the warmth of your home. Please Tell jim & Teresa we all say hi and miss you all very much. Til we meet again.
December 16, 2015
Mr Brosius was my favorite teacher of all time! He loved teaching us as much as we loved learning from him! May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends
Marcy Goldstein
December 16, 2015
I was very sad to hear about the passing of Jim Brosius. We were fellow educators in Brick Township for many years. I will always remember his teaching ability and the way he interacted with fellow teachers. He was truly a Master Teacher.
With deepest sympathy
Mike Brown
Mike Brown
December 16, 2015
James Brosius was simply one in a million and I was so fortunate to be his student over 40 years ago. His passion for history was so contagious. I still sing the songs from 1776 that he played in class. He introduced me to the poems of Robert Frost, and to this day I cherish the book of Frost poems he gave to me at the end of the school year. What a truly remarkable man who inspired and touched the lives of so many.
Karen Kannen
December 15, 2015
The year "Home at the Battlefield" was published.
Rich Taibi
December 15, 2015
With Mr. Brosius at the Battle of Monmouth
Rich Taibi
December 15, 2015
I knew Mr. Brosius as a student and as a fellow teacher. He was so caring, kind, and passionate about teaching. My condolences to his family. He was a very special person.
Karen Norby
December 15, 2015
That One Teacher - We have all had "that one teacher" who gets it; "that one teacher" who changes us; "that one teacher" who makes learning an amazing life-long journey. For me (and many others, no doubt) that "one teacher" was my 5th grade teacher Mr. Brosius. His name was amongst the first that came up during our 20th HS Reunion this fall. He was someone who did "writer's workshop" before it was considered best practice (and was a published author himself), he engaged us in theater and the arts, and took the time to interact and support me during the most challenging times in my life. This week's edition of The Curriculum Corner (my weekly newsletter to the teachers I work with) will be a narrative dedicated to his legacy. To quote Henry B. Adams: A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Mr. Brosius, your influence goes on to touch every student I work with & in the lives of all your students throughout the years.
Rich Taibi
December 15, 2015
Like so many others, Mr Brosius was the one teacher who had the most positive effect on me. He was so encouraging, warm and funny. I can still see his big smile and hear his kind voice fifty years later. We were all so lucky to have known him, making our fifth grade very special.
Denise Manning
December 15, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Brosius' passing. He made 5th grade memorable...puppet shows with class-made life-size puppets, a play, Home is the Battlefield, his love for the Revolutionary War...what an awesome teacher and man! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jessy Ohlsen
December 15, 2015
In all my years in Brick Schools, Mr. Brodius was my favorite teacher. He was always willing to listen and acknowledge his students. He was very engaging and made learning fun. My sisters, Marcy and Stacy also had the pleasure of being in his class. From the Taubenkimel family, please accept our sincere condolences. May peace be him and your entire family.
Cindy Hunt
December 15, 2015
He was one of the best teachers I ever had. My siblings and I were all fortunate to have him as our 5th grade teacher. Loved the trip to Williamsburg and his singing the "Matilda" song.
Cindy Moseley-Glancy
December 15, 2015
Someone so special can never be forgotten. Charles and Dee
Charles Stout
December 15, 2015
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. (Drum Point, '75).
Scott Stout
December 15, 2015
Loved this teacher. What a great man, teacher and friend. He cared so much about kids and treated everyone equally. I feel sorry that so many kids out there will never know a teacher like him. He taught from deep down in his heart and made history fascinating. RIP Jim.
Lisa Caprio-Miller
December 15, 2015
I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Brosius passing. I was so lucky to have him as a 5th grade teacher. He went out of his way to share his passion for learning and for life with his students. The memories he created will be forever etched in my heart. My prayers are with his family during this time.
Nancy Stansbury
December 15, 2015
A great man and a wonderful inspiration to all of us lucky enough to have known him. I will always treasure my memories especially on the 4th of July. Angela, my heartfelt sympathy...
Terry Shupin Martino
December 15, 2015
Very sad to hear, he was really one of those teachers that you just remember for the great person they were and the time you spent in his class.
Glenn Massamillo
December 15, 2015
He was like a father to me, not just a teacher. I remember him like it was yesterday,Valley Forge class trips and that wonderful laugh he had. Always in my heart, Dennis Di Benedetto
Dennis DiBenedetto
December 15, 2015
I am so sad to hear of Mr. Brosius passing. I want his family to know from the bottom of my heart what a great man he was. He was my fifth grade teacher, and he made the Revolutionary War and the founding of our country come alive. Everything I know about it to this day, I've learned from Mr. Brosius. I am a teacher and have always sought to exemplify his evident love for the subject at hand, his students, and learning. The movie 1776 came out while I had Mr. Brosius for 5th grade, and I will never forget the Monday morning after he saw the movie. He sat on the edge of his desk and gave us a summary. He was beaming. He had a contagious enthusiasm when he taught. I do my best to do the same. There are good men, and there are great men. Mr. Brosius was a great man.
William Lloyd
December 15, 2015
Mr. Brosius was simply the best teacher I ever had. Rest in Peace.
Carol Ekarius
December 15, 2015
The Best teacher I ever had 1967 to 1968. So sorry for your loss. I will remember him always.
belle beckvermit
December 15, 2015
I am deeply saddened at the passing of Mr. B. In a very short time we've lost first the son, my friend Jimmy and now his dad. Both will be sorely missed. I still remember fondly holidays spent at the Brosius house, for some of H.S. kids it was a haven. His presence at our wrestling matches always gave us hope of a victory. I still have an autographed copy of his book that I cherish deeply. My prayers to Angela during this difficult time.
Larry Lucian
December 15, 2015
Angela and Family,
I am so sorry for you loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Pols Sample
December 15, 2015
Jimmy was the embodiment of all good things in life - he served God, family, country, and community. He was a great neighbor and friend, and will be missed very much.

Jason K and Family
December 15, 2015
R.I.P. Jim...David will be happy to finally be with his crazy, fun best friend...
Beth Buchy
December 15, 2015
My favorite teacher in all my years in Brick schools! I cherish the copy of "Home is my Battlefield" and also the memories. Thank you, Mr Brosius, and RIP.
steven anstett
December 15, 2015
This brings me great sadness. But to show you the joy that he brought me...just this past weekend I was talking about him and how he was my favorite...35 years later and he was still on my mind! God Bless!
Suzanne Driscoll Casella
December 15, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Love to you all.
Faith, Gene, Billy, Hannah, Jim Kropp
December 15, 2015
I am thankful to this man for the patriotism he instilled in me, and all of his students. He was very special to many. Much love to Angela and all his family.
Lynn Fevola-Topp
December 15, 2015
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Brosius family. God bless you always.
Mike Shupin & family
December 14, 2015
Mr B ...was more than just my 5th Grade teacher....He set an example of Love and caring that I can never forget and his friendship will always be, like a circle~~ Endless
Praying for you all at this sensitive time....with all my heartfelt sympathy
Mary Ann Gianni
December 14, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Steve and Kathy Moore
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