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Sophie Margolis Brandenberg

AGE: 104 •

Sophie Brandenberg, daughter of Samuel and Goldie Margolis, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017, at the age of 104; just five weeks short of her 105th birthday. She lived at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington for the last eleven years, where she was given excellent, loving care. At first she played bridge (when she could get a game), poker (until she cleaned the men out), Mah-Jong, canasta and dominos. She read a book a week, and sadly missed that when her eyesight failed.

Sophie graduated Lakewood High School in 1929 and attended Temple University. She married her high school sweetheart, Alex Brandenberg, in 1932. Following the death of Alex, and while living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, she married Jack Lax. Following the death of Jack, and now twice widowed, she joined her daughter in Los Angeles, CA and later in Rockville, MD.

Sophie and Alex owned and operated the Manhattan Hotel in Lakewood, NJ from 1951 until 1966, and managed the Bainright Hotel, in Deal, NJ, in the Summers from 1946 to 1955. Sophie was an integral part of the business and volunteered for Paul Kimball Hospital, Hadassah and the Council of Jewish Women. Her hands were always busy.

Sophie was the mother of Barbara Kaze (Richard Grossman; Irv Kaze) and Henry D. Brandenberg (Kathie). She was the beloved grandmother of Beth Carriedo (Ruben) of Lipitz, PA; Stuart Grossman (Kate) of Silver Spring, MD; and Stephen Grossman (Jurate) of Lithuania; and twins Zachary Brandenberg (Kari) of Los Angeles, CA and Samuel Brandenberg (Richard) of New York City. She was the proud great-grandmother of Nicholas and Sasha Grossman; Alec and Ethan Carriedo; Saulis, Junete, Teja and Lukas Grossman; and Leonardo and Ariadne Brandenberg.

Sophie maintained her wisdom and her sense of human until the end of her life. One of the last things she said to Barbara and Henry when asked if she wanted a cup of coffee, was whether or not it was hot. When told no, she said "You know I don't drink cold coffee!" We got her a hot cup. She was alert until a couple of weeks before her death. She was always sweet and was beloved by the staff at the Home. She will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcomed by a . Funeral services were by the family at Beth Olam Memorial Park, Route 70 West, Lakewood, at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 14, 2017
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