Samantha Bienkowski
Samantha Bienkowski
  • April 22, 1994 - November 7, 2017
  • Toms River, New Jersey

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Samantha "Sami" Bienkowski, 23, of Toms River, passed away on Nov. 7, 2017, at home while surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle against cancer. She was born in Red Bank, NJ and lived in Howell before moving to Toms River in 2008. Sami graduated from St. Veronica's School, Donovan Catholic High School, Ocean County Community College and La Salle University.

Sami is survived by her parents, Al and Sue Bienkowski, her sister Laura Kilefner and her husband Bret. She is predeceased by both maternal and paternal grandparents, her uncle, Howard Stietz and her aunt, Diane Milk.

Sami was an exceptionally special person. With a smile you can't help but to smile back at and a personality to match, she brought sunshine with her everywhere she went. To know her was to love her and she was loved by so many. Undeterred by her illness, she always lived her life to the fullest with unrelenting positivity and inspired all around her to do the same. Over 8 years, she fought cancer with remarkable strength, grace, dignity and unbroken faith. She was genuinely selfless and cared for others with an unmatched kindness and compassion. The overwhelming response and outpouring of love received since her passing is a true testament to the impact she has had on so many and the incredible legacy she has left behind.

Sami loved being active and trying new things. She was happiest on the soccer field, but was also the captain of her cheerleading team at St. Veronica's and played volleyball and lacrosse at Donovan Catholic. She was a member at Toms River Fitness and loved exercise. She loved being at the beach and took surfing lessons. She also had an adventurous bucket list that included skydiving which she crossed off last summer. Inspired by the care she received at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Sami was studying Nursing at La Salle University to one day pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road, Toms River, NJ 08755. Friends are invited to please meet at St. Joseph's RC Church, Toms River on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated . Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Ocean of Love ( or the Frances Foundation ( Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting