BERNSTEIN--Sheila. With great sadness, we mourn the loss of our beautiful mother who died June 11, a day after her 73rd birthday, following a year-long battle with cancer. Born in New York, she attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from New York University. She worked for over four decades, in the fashion industry, including AMC, Adrienne Vittadini, and the last fifteen years as Manager of Textile Reproductions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was supportive and generous with her knowledge--she loved what she did and she loved all who knew her. No matter what she wore, she always had style--even casually, she was elegant. And as busy as she was, she always had enough time to help a friend find the right outfit, the right sofa, the right apartment. The quintessential New Yorker, she walked the city, knew every bus route, loved theatre, movies, museums, books, tennis in Central Park, bike riding in Europe. For business and pleasure, she traveled all over the world, including Chicago which she even grew to love when visiting her daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren. We will miss her wit, her perception and wisdom--and how much she loved a good laugh. Her love of life is exceeded only by her love of family: Beloved son Kenneth and his wife Janet Bernstein, beloved daughter Felicia and son-in-law Rafe Lerner, cherished grandchildren Jessica and Alex Bernstein, Daniel, Harris, Hannah, and Rebecca Lerner.
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Published in The New York Times on June 13, 2010