Pearl Jesse Mallove Bergman Turk

Pearl Jesse Mallove Bergman Turk, 94, of Danbury, wife of Amos Turk and the late Albert Bergman died on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Mrs. Turk was born on January 10, 1921in New London, Connecticut, the eldest child of Goldie and Morris Mallove.

In 1935-36, Pearl left the New London Public School to spend a year abroad in a boarding school in Israel, then Palestine. She described this year as a defining experience that exposed her to other cultures, shaping and broadening her world view.

A graduate of Connecticut College, Pearl went on to receive an MSW degree from Columbia University. She was profoundly affected by the optimistic philosophy of the program and the belief that “through actively contributing to society every individual can make a meaningful difference.” And Pearl truly lived her life by that philosophy, making a meaningful difference in the many lives she touched personally and professionally.

In the mid-fifties, Pearl and her husband, Albert Bergman, settled in Danbury with their three children. When Pearl was widowed in 1964 she devoted her loving efforts to raising her young family. In 1972 she was remarried to Amos Turk, a widower and long time family friend who shared many interests including a zest for travel, outdoor activities and work on behalf of Israel. Their blended families served as a major focus of their joy and devotion.

Pearl was especially gifted with the ability to bring people together cooperatively to help facilitate positive change. She accomplished this through her work in Family and Children's Services as a marriage counselor and later in the Danbury and Ridgefield Public School systems where her focus was helping parents successfully advocate for their special needs children. More recently, Pearl synthesized her years of experience in her work as a skillful mediator for the Connecticut Department of Education Special Education Division where she helped parents and educators come together to develop optimal programs for special needs children.

Among Pearlʼs many volunteer activities were service on the Greater Danbury Jewish Federation as its first woman president, on the Danbury Public Library book sales committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Danbury Concert Association. She was also an active volunteer with Congregation Bʼnai Israel in Danbury, where she will be especially remembered for chairing a committee that created the well-received cookbook, “Thou Shalt Cook.”

She is survived by her husband, Amos Turk; her two sons, Robert and Michael Bergman; their wives, Linda Ray and Deborah Teason; step-children from her second marriage, Janet Wittes, Jon Turk and Daniel Turk; their spouses Robert Wittes, Nina MacLean and Yuki Turk; and by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pearl was predeceased by her husband, Al Bergman and her daughter, Miriam, as well as her parents and brother, Harvey Mallove.
Pearl will be greatly missed by a myriad of friends who will always treasure her wise and loving counsel.

Funeral services will take place in Congregation B’Nai Israel, 193 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury at a time to be announced with Rabbi Nely Altenburger, officiating . (Call Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home at 203-748-6262 for information)
Interment will take place in the Children of Israel Cemetery, Miry Brook Rd., Danbury.

Donations in Pearlʼs memory may be sent to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund of Congregation B’Nai Israel, Danbury, 193 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury 06810, Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, 30 Milestone Rd., Danbury, CT 06810, Daily Bread Food Pantry of Danbury, 25 West St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the Emek Hospital in Afula, Israel.
Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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