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Myra Stern GREAT BARRINGTON Myra Stern of Great Barrington passed away December 22, 2011 at home in the company of her daughters.Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Nathan and Lee Phillips. Myra attended the University of Maryland, graduated Brooklyn College and earned her Master's Degree at Adelphi University. She was married for 34 years to Lionel Stern, a decorated Ranger in World War II, whom she met at the Great Barrington Railroad Station when she was a summer camp counselor. They lived on Long Island until their retirement at which time they returned to Great Barrington and settled at the Oakwood. Following the death of her first husband, Myra married Morton Ginsberg. Myra and Morton resided in Great Barrington for 20 years until the time of his death. Myra was an elementary school principal in the Lindenhurst Public School System on Long Island. She began her career as a speech therapist. A longtime resident of Great Barrington, she volunteered with the Great Barrington Chamber of Commerce, served as a docent at the original Norman Rockwell Museum and as a volunteer at Fairview Hospital at a "lady in the pink coat". A generous supporter of Fairview Hospital she created a scholarship program to provide financial aid to hospital employees seeking to advance their education and training in order to more effectively serve their patients. Myra was a member of many professional and social organizations such as Hadassah and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. She was also a member of Wyantenuck Golf Club and Columbia Golf Club in Claverack, New York. She is survived by her two daughters, their spouses, two stepsons and their wives and nine grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: A service celebrating the life of Myra Stern will be held Friday, December 23, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire on State Road in Great Barrington, conducted by Rabbi Deborah Zecher. Burial will follow at Ahavath Sholom Cemetery in Great Barrington. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Myra Stern Educational Scholarship Fund at Fairview Hospital or HospiceCare of the Berkshires through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances, memories and reflections may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 23, 2011
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