Bernice Berkenfield, age 96 of Kettering, passed away on Feb. 25 at The Suites at Walnut Creek, Kettering. “Barney” was born June 28, 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to the late Benjamin and Rhea (Klineman) Steinberg. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Morton R. Dworken of Pepper Pike, and her second husband of 11 years, Joseph I. Berkenfield of Beachwood. She is survived by her son, Morton (Anna) Dworken of Virginia and daughter, Patricia (Richard) Saphire of Dayton; stepdaughters Leslie (Bruce) Forrest of Washington, D.C. and Margie (Art) Hilvitz of Colorado; grandchildren Daniel Saphire of Virginia, Douglas (Rachel) Saphire of Massachusetts, Benjamin Dworken of New York, and Jeremy Dworken of the United Kingdom; six step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Berkenfield graduated from Wellesley College (BA 1936) and the University of Pittsburgh Business School (ML 1937). In Cleveland, she was a founding member of Suburban Temple, Beachwood; a board member of the Garden Center and Mt. Sinai Auxiliary; a life member of Montefiore Home and the Council of Jewish Women; and a member of art, world affairs, alumnae/service organizations, and Oakwood Club. She was a World War II driver for the Army in Washington, an interior decorator, avid gardener and lecturer on house plants, world traveler (more than a dozen international trips), and enjoyed swimming, bridge, golf, tennis, and cultural events. Her family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staffs of One Lincoln Park, Walnut Creek, Home Instead, and Hospice of Dayton for their sympathetic care. Arrangements for interment in Pepper Pike was private in accordance with her wishes. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the Cleveland Society for the Blind. Condolences may be expressed to her family at 109 N. Main St. (#1205), Dayton, OH 45402.
Miriem Ducker, age 93 of Dayton, passed away Friday, March 2. Miriem was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue, Sisterhood and Hadassah. She was preceded in death by her husband, Yale Ducker. Mrs. Ducker is survived by her children, Howard and Sue Ducker, Steven Ducker and Ellen and Jon Zipperstein; five grandchildren, Philip and Deanna Ducker, Matthew, Leah and Tom Zipperstein; nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
David Schmerzler, age 90 of Dayton, died March 10. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery.