Mark Berger M.D.
1929 - 2016
April 20, 1929
April 30, 2016
Mark D. Berger, MD, 87, beloved husband for 35 years of Barbara nee Forrester; loving father of Lesley Teichman and the late Adam Berger; step-father of Lance (Anne) Silverman, Brian Silverman and Howard Scott (Yael) Silverman; cherished grandfather of Gillian, Arianna, Jacob, Andrew, Gabrielle, Abigail and Noah; brother of Eunice (Irwin) Pollack. Mark was a supervising and training psychoanalyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and faculty at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Graveside service Tuesday, 10:30 AM at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis or the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Info: Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, 847-256-5700.

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Published by Chicago Tribune on May 1, 2016.
Graveside service
Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Funeral services provided by:
Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home
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Dr. Barbara & Family

I have many memories of Papa. It has been a pleasure working & being with the family during many Thanksgiving Holiday dinners. Working along side Dr. Barbara as we prepared a feast.

Thanksgivings or any event that I help you with will never really be the same. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to you and the family during his life time. A memory and moments I will cherish for the rest of my life.

From all the Love, laughter and even quiet moments, I am honored to be apart of your lives. Now working as a chef in San Francisco, where I was when I found out,

I can't wait to come back whenever you need me to help you with any event you may be hosting.

Much Love until we meet again

Take Care

Warm Regards
Michael DeBerry
May 11, 2016
Dr. Barbara & Family

Working with the family for over 6 years helping her with Thanksgiving and many other Events duting the year. My career as a Private Chef has taken me from Chicago to San Francisco, I was here in California when I learned of Papa's passing.

His gentle, sweet nature will be missed. Condolences to the Family in your time of Loss. I will always be Grateful for being introduced to such a lovely & Caring family.

Chef Mike DeBerry
Michael DeBerry
May 11, 2016
As the supervisor of my first analytic control case at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Mark Berger was among the most enlightening influences in the course of my analytic training. He combined deep understanding of tradition, including a scholarly mastery of Freud, with independent critical thinking and improvisational creativity. He did not hesitate to depart from convention when he thought my relationship with my patient would benefit along with associated analytic work. A published paper was born of my work with this patient, and I feel Mark's inspiration and support had a lot to do with that thinking and that writing. Mark was always quietly empathic and yet challenging. I enjoyed every weekly meeting with him spanning more than 5 years: his sense of humor, his respectful involvement, and his thoughtful wisdom. He has always been and always will be an affirming presence in my life, even as I join so many others in sadly mourning his passing.

Irwin Hoffman, Ph.D.
Irwin Hoffman
May 6, 2016
It has been my pleasure to have known Dr. Berger and his family for these past 35 years as his barber. I always looked forward to seeing him and enjoyed our diverse conversations. Dr. Berger will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family.
Roger Scott
May 3, 2016
To Dr. Barbara Berger and Family:

I am deeply, deeply sorry to hear about your heartbreaking loss. I will always treasure Mark for his brilliance, quiet dignity and steadfastness, well-chosen words, our shared delight in chocolate, coffee, books and films, and the many, irreplaceable gifts of understanding he has given me. At our last time together just mere days ago (so painfully unaware that it would be our last moment), we were taking in his beautiful view of Millennium Park. I was teasing him that I was so envious of that view and that even the latticed monstrosity of Pritzker Pavilion had grown on me. He told me that he had seen a lot of changes over the years just outside that window. My last memory of him is gazing out that window: wise, full of wonder, nostalgic. Mark was no mere teacher but as Robert Frost once stated "an awakener" to so many views to be seen, touched, considered, and felt. He was the most important mentor of my life, and I will never forget him.

With Heartfelt and Deepest Sympathy,

Kimberly Eve Merenkov, M.D.
Kimberly Merenkov
May 3, 2016
I remember going to Yizkor services with Mark and Jane on Yom Kippur, how calmly he drove even though we were all tired, cranky, and hungrily anticipating Barbara's matzah ball soup. May his memory be a blessing.
Melissa Herman
May 3, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. We know how special he was to you and all the family. Barbara, we are so glad you had a wonderful life together. All our love to you and yours at this time.
Sarah and Ted Seldin
May 3, 2016
May 3, 2016
So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jordana and Aaron Goldstein; & Roz and Marv Segal
Jordana & Aaron Goldstein
May 2, 2016
I have not seen or communicated with Mark for over 26 years, but I sure do have fond memories of being
welcomed into his home when I used to visit Lance, Brian and Howie who all attended Camp Horseshoe
where I worked for many summers. Those "boys" sure did benefit by having Mark has their step dad.
I cherish the memories of many great meals shared with Mark, Barbara and the boys.
Steve Byrd
Steve Byrd
May 2, 2016
Diana Lynn
May 2, 2016
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and the family with the loss of Mark.
Mary Kay
Mary Kay Silverman
May 1, 2016
Barbara my dear friend and Family.
I'm sending to you my condolences , my pain and my prayers.
I am here for you.
Love, Sonia
(from Brazil)
Sonia Seixas
May 1, 2016
My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May your prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and make you firm. (2 Thessalonians 2: 16,17)
May 1, 2016