Doris A. Brome
November 4, 1925 – January 23, 2023
Doris Maxine Albee was born to Eva (Marshall) and Fred Albee in Oshkosh, Nebraska. She and her four brothers, Duane, Donald, Dale and Darrell, grew up during the difficult years of the dust bowl and depression. While she was named her graduating class valedictorian, receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska, she chose to leave her hometown for San Diego to support the war effort. She became a welder working in the Naval Shipyards.
During that time, she met Denton E. Brome III. They married in August of 1947 in California but then headed back to her husband’s hometown of Highland Park, NJ. She worked at Hadley Airport in South Plainfield, where she and Dent met Cas and Eula Gubernat. The two couples bought a duplex in Dunellen that would become her lifetime home. She was the last survivor of the group.
Doris spent her early years fully embracing motherhood and her role in the community. She was a Cub Scout leader for her three sons, and a Girl Scout leader for her daughter. She found a passion with the Girl Scouts and became involved at the council level. She started the first recycling project with Troop 22 in Dunellen in the 1970s. She led several council wide “Opportunities” but the one she was most proud of was the first all-female canoe expedition in Ontario, Canada.
When her children were in the Dunellen school system, Doris was always involved. She spent time as the president of the PTA and the president of the music association working closely with James Heard to support the choral program.
Doris was a member of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dunellen. She was a member of the church council, holding positions as president and treasurer. She lent her voice as an enthusiastic tenor in the choir.
As her children grew up, Doris looked for a new career. She went to Middlesex County College to earn her Registered Nurse degree, while also being a member of the Skiing Team. She continued her education earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University in 1984. She received the Evelyn Hart Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Nursing Student. She worked at Somerset Hospital, St Peters Hospital in Olympia, WA and Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. During her time at RWJUH, she found her specialty, obtained her CCRN certificate and rose to Critical Care manager. She truly loved patient care and being able to help the families. In 1988, she was given an award from the hospital for Clinical Excellence as a Critical Care Nurse.
Doris had a lifelong love of and dedication to physical fitness. After retirement in 1990, she led an osteoporosis weightlifting class at the Senior center in Bridgewater, NJ receiving an award from the Somerset County Office on Aging for her development of the program. Doris was a fierce Mah-jongg player at the Senior Center and really enjoyed time with her friends.
Doris was a talented painter, with her medium of choice being watercolor. It was a precious gift when you received one of her paintings. Some of her work will be on display during the visitation hours at Sheenan Funeral Home.
Mom, Gram, Grammy, Grammy Brome was also the matriarch of a large loving family. She was an example to us and supported us in all of our interests. She was our biggest cheerleader. She is survived by Fred and Marsha (King) Brome of Jamestown, RI, Thomas and Linda (Burke) Brome of Lyons, CO, Dana and Beth (Bradley) Brome of South Glastonbury, CT, and Catherine (Brome) and Thomas Mattison of Annandale, NJ. She had eleven grandchildren: Dana, Tom, Megan, Elizabeth, Lauren, Ryan, Caitlin, Christine, Alyxandra, Taylor and Bailey. Those children have gifted her 16 great grandchildren and counting.
Additionally, she is survived by a dear family friend, Dan Timpert of Dunellen, NJ. She counted him among her children. He helped care for her and was with her to the end.
Doris passed peacefully at home which was her wish, at the remarkable age of 97. The family thanks the Visiting Nurses Hospice of Robert Wood Johnson for their kindness and care.
Visitation will be held at Sheenan Funeral Home in Dunellen, NJ on Friday, February 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm and from 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday February 4 at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick.
In lieu of flowers, you may choose to send donations to the Friends of Dunellen Public Library. Website: http://www.dunellenlibrary.org/friends-of-the-dpl.html
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