BERMAN, SANDRA KREEGER, 74, died at her home in Louisville, KY, on July 1, 2013 surrounded by her family. The cause was cancer.
Sandra was born in Chicago, IL, to Celia (Faigen) and Isadore Kreeger. She was a graduate of Roosevelt University and an elementary school teacher in Chicago public schools. Since moving to Louisville in 1965, Sandra became a part of the city's fabric, as an adult-education teacher, dedicated volunteer, and thoughtful friend. Sandra's philosophy was to "always be a mensch," an approach she brought to life each day for her closest family and stranger alike.
Sandra loved to teach and to give advice, sharing tips and articles which she hoped might improve others' lives. She found great joy in helping students earn their GED diplomas. She especially reveled in making valuable personal and professional connections for those around her.
Sandra was a devotee of books and the library, museums and theaters; lectures of all stripes; and behind-the-scenes tours. She would be heartened to know, for instance, that this notice strongly encourages readers to attend the yearly Idea Festival and Kentucky Author Forum. Sandra was a long-time member of and active participant at Keneseth Israel Synagogue and more recently Congregation Adath Jeshurn. She also served on multiple boards and committees that sought to improve Jewish life in Louisville.
She and her dedicated husband of 48 years, Harris J. Berman, were adventurers, traveling the world from Asia to Africa with their much-loved sister and brother-in-law Marjorie and Robert Kohn.
Sandra was an affectionate and influential mother to her children, daughter, Ilene Berman and son-in-law, Steven Frantz of Baltimore, MD, daughter, Sheila Berman and son-in-law, Paul Sizemore of Washington, D.C., son, Dennis K. Berman and daughter-in-law, Tiffany Kary of Brooklyn, N.Y. She leaves behind two grandsons, Jonas Berman Frantz and Alexander Kary Berman; and two step-grandsons, Chris Sizemore and Eli Sizemore. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Rayma Shuster of Louisville; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Stanley Kreinik of New York; and a wealth of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins who loved her dearly.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in Keneseth Israel Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may go to the Library Foundation for the Louisville Free Public Library (www.lfplfoundation.org); or Congregation Adath Jeshurun (www.adathjeshurun.com).
Published in The Courier-Journal on July 2, 2013