Beverly Ann (Witt) Berry(1928-2014)

SOUTH AMHERST - Beverly Ann Berry (nee Witt), 85 years of age and a resident of South Amherst, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home.
Beverly was born November 13, 1928 in Amherst, and was a lifelong resident of South Amherst, graduating from South Amherst High School with the class of 1946. Lorain had been her home for the last three years.
She dedicated her life to making a home for her husband and children. In 1957, she and her late husband purchased property on Little Long Lake in Hale, Michigan and built a cottage there, spending half their time in Michigan and South Amherst between 1987 and 1998. She was a lifetime member of the former South Amherst First United Congregational Church of Christ, serving for many years as a deaconess, church clerk, and past president of the Ladies' Auxiliary. For many years, she served as the troop leader of the South Amherst Pinetree Girl Scouts. In addition, she served in the U.S. Navy Fleet Reserve Auxiliary and was a member of the Cleveland Chief Petty Officers Auxiliary.
Beverly's love of bird watching led her to become a member of the Black River and Michigan Audubon Societies. She enjoyed Tole painting and participated in many local handicraft groups.She and her late husband loved to travel and enjoyed many winters together with their friends in the Naples, Florida area. By far, her favorite times were those spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and family.
Survivors include her daughters and their husbands Holly and Dan Sprague of Delaware, OH, and Wendy and Howard Akin of Amherst Township; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Wilbert F. Berry in 2011; sister, Ninabelle Kilmer in 1984; and parents, Herman and Bertha Witt (nee Brill).
Friends may call Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. John Butchko, pastor of Westlake United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in South Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074 or Hospice of the Western Reserve - Contributions, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.
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Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
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Published in on Feb. 17, 2014