Elaine Brumberg, the ‘fairy godmother of bowling’, author and beauty consultant, has died at 81

Elaine Brumberg, 81, of Mount Laurel, model, beauty consultant, author and selfless owner of Thunderbird Bowling Center in Warminster, died of coronary heart disease on Sunday (April 17) at her daughter’s home in New York City.

Known as “the fairy godmother of bowling”, the glamorous and flamboyant Ms Brumberg dressed for years in a flowing pink and white dress, wore a silver tiara or crown and carried a gold scepter when she returned visiting children and others in hospitals and nursing. homes or hosted special bowling events at Thunderbird Warminster.

She also appeared as Mrs. Claus during winter break and brought portable plastic bowling pins to those unable to visit the lanes due to illness or other circumstances. “She loved giving back,” said Bruce Brumberg, Ms. Brumberg’s stepson. “She had energy and style. She had a personal touch.

In 2020, Ms Brumberg told The Inquirer: “It brings me such joy. … If you see the children and the parents, you say to yourself: “I am doing something so special for the others. ”

Ms Brumberg became the sole owner of Thunderbird Warminster a few years ago and, in addition to the usual league members and date nights, she has welcomed children and bowlers with special needs to the lanes for free events or at a reduced price. She has organized fundraisers for charities and families in need, and an events coordinator called her “an energetic, generous and special person”.

She was on the cover of the July 2020 edition of International Bowling Industry magazine in her fairy godmother costume, featured on local television by 6ABC, CBS3 and NBC10, and featured in online stories by the Jewish Exponent, Lower Bucks Times, Metro, Philly Spotlight on Pops subscribers and other outlets.

A model, salesperson and beauty consultant as a young woman, Ms. Brumberg has published three beauty advice books: Save your money, save your face in 1986, Take care of your skin in 1989, and Ageless: What Every Woman Needs to Know to Look and Feel Good in 1997.

She has lectured and written articles for Redbook magazine and other publications on the chemical dangers of certain beauty products, how to counter aggressive selling in department stores, why menopause affects appearance and other issues. consumer cosmetics.

She was interviewed by newspapers across North America and discussed skincare products on the Phil Donahue Show. “People gravitated towards her,” her stepson said. “She was special in that she had a natural charisma.”

Born May 7, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Elaine Gorman grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, faced anti-Semitism, and was the only Jewish person in her class of 350 high school students. She married Paul Dimetrosky in the 1960s and raised daughter Amy and son Scott.

After a divorce, she met Norman Brumberg in Florida, and they married in 1974. She welcomed her son, Bruce, and daughter, Harriett, into her family, and they lived in Huntingdon Valley.

In addition to her writing and beauty tips, Ms. Brumberg helped her husband run the five bowling centers he owned. She became the sole owner of Thunderbird Warminster a few years after her death in 2011 and became even more dedicated to helping children after a friend’s son fell ill with cancer.

She met David Singer, and they lived together in Mount Laurel and endured bouts of COVID-19 in 2020.

Ms. Brumberg enjoyed shopping and traveled to Iceland, China, Russia, Peru and elsewhere. She was a member of Reformed Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park and Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill.

She went skydiving with Singer on her one-year-old birthday and adored her pup, Cooper. She was like a race car driver, cruising around every corner at 100 mph, her daughter, Amy Seiden, said in a tribute. “She was always at full speed and put her passion, energy and soul into everything she did,” her family said.

Her stepson said: “She was a second mother to me. She brought light, joy, energy and special love to all of us.

In addition to her children, stepchildren and partner, Mrs. Brumberg is survived by nine grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a brother and other relatives. Her first husband died earlier.

Services were April 20.

Donations in his name can be made to Link between bowlers and veterans, 11350 Random Hills Rd., Suite 800, Fairfax, Va., 22030, and Chabad at the Shore, 21 S. Troy Ave. Ventnor, NJ 08406.

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