Diane Coopersmith was a sensational woman, who embodied strength, kindness, modesty, and generosity. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother (Nana). She had a unique ability to touch the lives of everyone she encountered; She made everyone around her feel instantly happy, welcome, calm, and loved. Her zest for life was inspiring, especially as life was not always easy for Diane.

With her adoring, husband, Stephen, Diane supported their family working an array of jobs from dental hygienist to selling jewelry and Depression glass at the local flea markets.  At the age of 40, Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer; her strength and poise unwavering throughout her fight to remission. She remained the rock of her family through her spouse and parents’ illnesses, her own illness, and in financial struggle.
With life’s hardships, Diane’s character far surpassed her strength. She was filled with compassion for her family, friends, and anyone in need. The home she shared with her soul mate, Stephen Coopersmith, was always open, the table always set for her family and an extra place setting for the unforeseeable guest that may be brought home. Diane always found the energy and time to care for her loved ones, becoming the primary care giver to some, or showing her support in other ways like bringing over homemade chicken soup, accompanying them to a doctor’s appointment, or simply making a phone call to check in. In 2014, Diane was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and in her true fashion, fought her difficult battle with great courage, determination, and her signature smile.

Diane loved the simple things in life. She enjoyed reading about health and wellness, telling a funny joke she read in her latest Women’s Magazine, and watching thriller movies. She kept up with the latest advances in medicine, the newest fashion trends, checked in weekly at the makeup counters in the mall, and every night before bed, she savored a cup (or two!) of her favorite ice cream.

Diane fondly reminisced over the trips she and Steve took to Jamaica and Hawaii, where they fostered lifelong friendships. She celebrated


birthdays, promotions, graduations, marriages, and minor successes with her wonderful friends, children, and grandchildren. She took pride in raising money for organizations that supported causes, which were important to her including St. Judes, Donate Life for organ donation, orphanages, Jewish organizations, and numerous pediatric illnesses. And each year she looked forward to jubilantly walking and dancing the Survivor’s lap at the Care-to-Walk with her fellow survivors and the magnificent women of this organization, as her family proudly watched and cheered her on from the other side of the fence.  

Diane was a beautiful, strong, intelligent, loving, and kind woman who touched the lives of so many. Her warm touch and bright smile allowed the lucky ones in her presence know that everything would be alright. She was a shining star whose spirit lives on through her children and grandchildren. Diane would be so honored by the gesture they have bestowed upon her and her family today. Let the story of her strength and persistence inspire you to find your inner power to persevere in all of your future endeavors. She will be forever missed.



The Care to Walk/Run North Brunswick is an annual 5K event first held in 1999 to honor cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battles with the disease, and raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Founded in 1998 by a group of women in North Brunswick, New Jersey who had personally dealt with breast and/or ovarian cancer, Care to Walk/Run has raised over $250,000 in support of cancer awareness, with proceeds going to The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

This year’s Walk/Run will be held on Sunday, October 23 at the NBTHS Football Field. On-site registration and check-in starts at 8:00 am, with the main event set to begin at 9:00 am.

Find out more or register.


Carolyn Hales of North Brunswick, passed away on February 18, 2016 at home after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

Raised in Brooklyn, NY, she was the only child of William and Lillian Jefferson. She was a devout Christian, former travel agent, avid traveler, substitute school teacher, and proud graduate of Fordham University. She is predeceased by her son Michael and survived by her son Gregory, daughter-in-law Rona, granddaughters Joan and Renee, and many close friends she made as an active member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in South Brunswick and as a volunteer at St. Peter's University Hospital. During her life she had a strong commitment to volunteering and helping others, and as a final gesture, she had donated her body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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