Lisa Marie Auerbach of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 5 PM following a nearly 8 year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 51 years old.
Born on January 12, 1971 in Rahway, New Jersey, Lisa was the daughter of Edward O'Brien and Gerda Kos O'Brien.
She was the beloved wife of John T. Auerbach; mother of Jennifer Gaspar; sister of Edward O'Brien (and wife Michelle); aunt and Godmother of Ethan O'Brien and Julia O'Brien; niece of Diane Kos, Elizabeth O’Brien Goracy, Joe Goracy and daughter in law of John Auerbach, Sr.
She obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering, graduating from Rutgers University in 1992. She also obtained a Master Degree of Business Administration (MBA) from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She worked at Merck & Co, in Rahway, New Jersey, supporting manufacturing computer systems and as a Financial Analyst where she particularly enjoyed supporting her various clients managing budgets.
Lisa’s pride and joy, Jennifer, was born on December 10, 1997 and as she often said represents her heart walking around.
She lived in various parts of New Jersey including Clark, Avenel, Woodbridge and Edison. She moved to rural Landenberg, Pennsylvania and built a home in 2012 on a farm with John and Jennifer.
Lisa’s greatest joy and satisfaction came from supporting others and charity. She was the foundation of the Merck Women’s Network chapter for Rahway, providing consistent leadership and guidance for many years. She single-handedly organized immensely popular annual bus trips to New York City for dinner and shows on Broadway. Lisa volunteered time working at JFK Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She also volunteered for Make-A –Wish, doing interviews with children and families to help them formulate their wishes as well as Family Promise, helping homeless families. Lisa also planned and executed a complex fundraiser, raffling off prizes donated by local business at an event held at a local winery in 2018 which raised over $20,000 for METAvivor to fund metastatic breast cancer research. She did much of this while battling her own cancer, diagnosed in 2014.
She loved to cook and was very good at it to the benefit of her family and friends whom she enjoyed hosting. She often said the secret ingredient to her success is the love that she included in every recipe.
The world is a better place due to the caring, generosity and love that she put into it through her interactions with so many that were fortunate enough to know her.
Visitation with the family will be from 3:00PM until 6:00PM with a Celebration of Lisa's life at 6:00PM on TUESDAY, November 1, 2022 at the LONGWOOD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION of MATTHEW GENEREUX, 913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square.
There will also be visitation with the family will be from 3:00PM until 6:00PM with a Celebration of Lisa's life at 6:00PM on FRIDAY, November 4, 2022 at the KROWICKI GORNY MEMORIAL HOME, 211 Westfield Ave. Clark, NJ.
Burial will be private.
Lisa maintained a blog throughout her battle with cancer that tells that story from diagnosis in 2014 up to her passing on. She was so much more than her battle with cancer. https://www.mylifeline.org/lisamauerbach/updates?page=1
The organization that Lisa did a lot of work support for is: METAvivor, who is focused on metastatic breast cancer research, support and awareness. Memorial donations in her memory to this organization is sincerely appreciated. https://www.metavivor.org/ https://donate.metavivor.org/give/318818/#!/donation/checkout?