Berger, Joan D. (Barsh)

Joan D. Berger of New Milford, CT and Clearwater, FL.  Devoted wife, loving mother and cherished grandmother, Joan died peacefully at home on October 27, 2012 enveloped in the love of her family.  Born on March 22, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the eldest daughter of Abraham and Pauline Barsh.  She graduated from Midwood High School and worked at Life Magazine for 3 years.  She married her beloved husband Bill in 1948 and their love affair endured for over 64 years.  After having 3 children, her family became her life’s work.  She particularly relished being a grandmother.  She loved to entertain family and friends, was known for her elegant holiday table settings and always had a stash of Hershey Kisses in the freezer.  She was very stylish and only missed her weekly hair appointment when she was too sick to go.  Joan was addicted to reading the daily newspapers, loved the heyday of WOR talk radio, enjoyed her Saturday bridge group and was the only golfer in the family to have achieved 2 holes in one.  She was keenly interested in current events and popular culture and was actively involved for many years in Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church.  She will be especially remembered for her uncanny ability to bounce back from serious medical problems and the faith, grace and humor she exhibited during those times.  She is survived by her husband Bill, her daughter Marjorie and her husband David Rowe, her sons Richard and Donald and their wives Maureen and Sharon, her four granddaughters Brittany, Lacey, Paulina and Maggie, her six step-grandchildren Steve, Debbie, Donna, Bradley, Whitney and Hawley and her five step-great grandchildren Tanya, CJ, Elias, Rowe and  Fiona.   She was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers Gene and Robert and her sisters Marjorie and Barbara.  Her family would like to thank Dr. Pacey Pet for his extraordinary medical care and friendship. 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 2:00p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, CT.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Save the Children.

 

 

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