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Marion J. (Geber) Berman, 81, of South Windsor, wife of the late Steven Berman (1985), passed away on Friday, March 26 after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Marion was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, daughter of the late Alfred and Lillian (Schliefstein) Geber. Marion lived in Rutherford until her family moved to Hagerstown, Maryland. She was a graduate of Hagerstown High School; received her BA from Simmons University in Boston and an MA in counseling from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. After spending the first part of her married life living in the southern part of the United States, Marion, her late husband Steven, and their daughters moved to South Windsor in 1974. Marion raised the daughters while working part-time at the family-owned laundromat and dry cleaners until it was sold during her husband’s illness in 1985. In 1986, she began a successful second career in retail and merchandising, first serving as a regional manager for Casual Male, then joining what became Macy’s where she worked as a manager for over 20 years, before retiring to work as a part-time regional vendor representative. She was dedicated to her synagogue, Temple Beth Hillel, and was a committed volunteer and active participant in all its ritual, educational and communal activities. She had a lifetime passion for reading and loved volunteering for the Friends of the South Windsor Public Library. She is survived by her daughters, Anne Berman-Waldorf and her husband Joshua Waldorf of Yardley, Pennsylvania, and Karen Berman of New York, New York; and her four grandchildren whom she adored, Samuel Waldorf, Lily Waldorf, Simon Yellen and Asher Yellen; her brother Charles Geber and his wife Sara Zeff Geber, of Santa Rosa, California. She also leaves behind her nephews, nieces and extended family, in addition to an amazing circle of friends who were beyond generous with their love and care, particularly in her last year of life. Graveside services were held March 30 at Beth Olam Cemetery in South Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor, CT 06074. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home in South Windsor is caring for the arrangements. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

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