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Aubrey’s Story

Aubrey Michelle (Fadule) Pappas was born in Freemont, California, and was raised in Marlton, NJ, where she grew up in a loving home with her parents, Alida and Joe and brother Joey. As a member of the field hockey and softball teams at Cherokee High School, Aubrey made many friendships that lasted throughout the years. In 2001, Aubrey graduated Magna cum Laude, from LaSalle University, where she earned her Bachelors’ degree in communications. Shortly after graduating college, Aubrey moved to North Brunswick, NJ and was hired as a 6th grade language arts teacher at Linwood Middle School where she worked for 13 years. During her tenure at Linwood, Aubrey developed wonderful friendships with her coworkers, especially her ‘Linwood Ladies’, and put her heart and soul into teaching and getting to know her students. Aubrey not only impacted the lives of her students due to her caring and nurturing personality, but also she had a tremendous impact on her family and friends. Aubrey was a selfless person who showed unconditional love and support for the people she loved.

In January 2006, Aubrey met the love of her life, Officer Paul A. Pappas Jr., a lifelong resident of North Brunswick Township. The two found an immediate connection through fitness, food, travel and sports. They wed in 2009 and bought their dream home in Monroe, NJ in 2010, where they always welcomed and entertained their large families and many friends. Aubrey and Paul enjoyed smoking cigars and drinking sangria together and created their famous “Pappas Sangria” which was enjoyed at many parties and events. In 2012 they welcomed their son into the world! Their “lucky charm” filled their hearts with so much love and Aubrey was an incredible mom who took so much pride in caring for her son. Aubrey and Paul were incredibly excited to expand their family as they had recently announced their second pregnancy shortly before her passing. At the time of her death in October 2014, Aubrey was pregnant with her second child due in March 2015.

She loved cooking and learning new recipes and was passionate about nutrition, fitness and health. She loved Enrique Iglesias and was the dancing queen at every event she went to. Aubrey was an avid New York Giants and New York Yankees fan and even had a life size cardboard cutout of Derek Jeter in her classroom! Stunningly beautiful and popular throughout her life, she was also well-grounded, level headed and remarkably intelligent with an amazing heart and a one of a kind personality that led her to being friends with everyone. Her smile and laugh lit up a room and the hearts of all of those who knew and loved her.

On October 8, 2014, Aubrey and her unborn son, Nicholas “Niko” Pappas, died in a tragic car accident in South Brunswick, NJ. Many people throughout various communities felt the impact of this unfathomable tragedy. Shortly after her passing, Paul found a list in Aubrey’s nightstand that stated the things she wished to achieve in life, her “bucket list”. Paul, family members and friends vowed to help Aubrey complete the list and to continue to “live like Aubrey” and thus The Aubrey Foundation was born.