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NEWPORT NEWS - Ruth Berlin passed away Oct. 30, 2011, at the age of 89.
Ruth was born July 1, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Harry Yarm and Kate Berkowitz. She graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and Brooklyn College. Ruth married Harold Ueberall in 1942; he was killed in action at Iwo Jima in 1944, leaving a young widow and daughter, Kathie.
Ruth married Irving Berlin, a physician, in 1947, beginning a marriage that would last 53 years. The family moved to Hampton Roads in 1950, where Ruth lived for the rest of her life. She volunteered for many organizations in her lifetime, including the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, which she served as president and for which she received the Hannah G. Solomon award; Hadassah; the sisterhood of Rodef Sholom Temple; the League of Women Voters; the Thomas Nelson Community College Board; the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra Board; the Family Service Board; the information desk at Hampton General Hospital; the Red Cross; and as a docent at the Hampton History Museum and the Virginia War Museum. She received an award for her many years of volunteer service from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her two husbands, Harold Ueberall and Irving Berlin; an infant son, Daniel Berlin; and her sister, Marjorie Collins.
She is survived by her children, Kathie Berlin, Pamela Berlin and Eric Berlin; grandchildren, Kimberly Oser, Molly Carden and Jesse Berlin; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt Oser and Devon Oser.
Services will be held at a later date.
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Published in Daily Press from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2011.
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November 17, 2011
My heart goes out to you Pam. I don't know if you will remember me, I'm Bernadine Collier, I lived catty-corner your house on Ivy Home Road.
Bernadine Collier-Teague
November 15, 2011
My deepest sympathy! I worked for your wonderful father Dr. Berlin in the late 70s and had the privilege of knowing your mother during that time. She was a gracious and special lady. Joy Zimmer (Columbia, SC)
November 2, 2011
Dear Kathie, Pamela. and Eric and Family,
I send my condolences and blessings to you all. Your Mom shared so much of herself to life on the Virginia Peninsula. We shall all miss her intelligence, her knowledge and love of music, and her commintments to many worthwhile programs and organizations.
I respected her very much.

Joanne K Roos, Yorktown, Virginia
November 2, 2011
We extend to you our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom.

We have such fond memories of our times together as neighbors on Brooke Drive and try to keep up with you all through the Becouvarakis' family.

Our prayers are for you in the days ahead. May you find great comfort in the many years shared with your Mom.
Charles & Mildred Lockwood
November 1, 2011
Kathie it has been many years since we've seen each other but I was saddened to hear about your mother. She was always so nice to me whenever I was at your home. She was a wonderful lady.

frank friedland
November 1, 2011
Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Ruth was a wonderful person. We saw her not long ago at the Arbors and chatted. Although not well, she held a cheerful conversation with us.
She was a love.
Lora Friedman and Burt Morewitz
Newport News, Virginia
November 1, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Berlin family, as we were neighbors on Ivy Home Road, and Eric and my daughter, Carolyn, were in school together. Ruth and I were on various committees together over the years. God's richest blessings to you all. Shalom. Grace Wilson (Mrs. Walter Q.)
November 1, 2011
My thoughts are with you. I have wonderful memories of my childhood friend, Pam, and the wonderful times enhanced by Ruth being so special. I send my deepest sympathy.
Sharon (Peltz) Hermelin
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