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Beverly (Gomberg) Sugerman, 92, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of Providence, R.I. went on what she called her “next journey” on Sunday Dec. 16, 2018. A woman of grace, beauty, dignity, strength, and compassion, she was born on March 8, 1926 to Ruth Anna and Aaron Gomberg in Worcester, MA. Beverly was the oldest of two daughters. She lost her dear mother when she was nine years old and she missed her dearly her entire life. She went to school in Worcester, MA and later moved with her father and sister, Joyce, to East Hartford, CT where she graduated from East Hartford High School. She worked for the Office of Price Administration in Hartford.  She married the love of her life, Nathaniel (Nat) Sugerman on Jan. 5, 1947 in Cranston, R.I. They were married for 44 years until he passed away in January 1991. They were loving and devoted parents to their four children. Bev worked alongside her husband Nat when he started the Beatrix Jewelry Company and was closely involved with Nat’s second business, the Providence Metallizing Company, Inc. After their first child was born, she was a homemaker and volunteer for organizations, including the League of Women Voters. Bev loved family above all else. She and Nat opened their home to her dad, Aaron, who lived with them and their four children until his death. Family reunions and parties were always Bev’s joy to host. Bev opened their house to nieces and nephews, and she was beloved by them all. She was a wonderful cook and baker, making delicious cookies and treats. Bev loved to play games with favorites being Scrabble and card games, including solitaire and rummy. She regularly would be the winner. She was an avid sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, college football and PGA golf. She loved to play and watch tennis. From the time she was a little girl, she was an avid reader. She loved to do jigsaw puzzles and took up painting later in life. Her framed art graces the walls of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s homes. Bev was predeceased by her parents and her dear husband, Nathaniel Howard Sugerman. She leaves her four loving and devoted children: Ruth Ann Sugerman of Riverside, R.I.; Claudia Akerstein of Boston, MA; Betty (Alan) Sugerman Weintraub of West Hartford, CT; and Richard Sugerman of Portsmouth, R.I. She leaves her grandchildren: Ari (Michelle) Akerstein; Ilana (Pablo) Calderon; Eli (partner Christine Hurley) Akerstein; Justin and Lia Weintraub; and Samantha and Nathan Sugerman. Great-grandchildren Nick Akerstein and Saul, Lev, and Lua Akerstein. She leaves her dear sister, Joyce Aaron; cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family across the country. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Amy Leiter Sugerman. Bev’s beauty shone inside and out and her caring spirit, kind words and gestures were evident to all who knew her. She loved the 10 last years of her life living at Laurelmead in Providence, where she found a home and had many caring and devoted friends. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Laurelmead and Dr. Aman Nanda and Medical Assistant, Nikki for their care and compassion. Special thanks to Claudia Duarte, Summer Smith, and Chrystal Cintron for their loving care during her final days. Memorial donations can be made to the Beverly Gomberg Sugerman and Nathaniel Sugerman Memorial Garden at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Street, Providence, R.I. 02906. For online condolences, please visit ShalomMemorialChapel.com.

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