August 11, 2017

Marylin Berman died July 7, 2017, comfortably in her home in Maitland from complications of vascular dementia. She was born April 10, 1940, to Leo and Pauline Chaitow in Bronx, New York. Marylin moved to Clearwater/Tampa area in 1941 with her family. In 1963, when Marylin married Ronald Berman she moved to Orlando. Marylin was a loving person who gave often of herself to others. When not working in the family business, Merton Restaurant Equipment, Marylin was a dedicated volunteer to Congregation Ohev Shalom and the Jewish Community.

Marylin began volunteering in the catering department for the synagogue soon after she moved to Orlando, eventually heading the catering and even designing the new kitchen at the Goddard Street location. When Congregation Ohev Shalom moved to the new location on Goddard Street, Marylin was the first woman to carry the Torah into the sanctuary. The dedication to Ohev Shalom turned out to be a four-decade commitment. Marylin was a life member of many local and National groups: Congregation Ohev Shalom Sisterhood (past president), Hadassah, Women’s American ORT, NOW and many more. When asked, she was always eager to help in any way she could.

Marylin’s commitment to the Jewish community was evident as she was a founding member in the early 1970s to build the Maitland Campus of the Jewish Community Center. Her volunteering efforts remained steadfast as she helped in the early years of the Hebrew Day School.

Marylin was known as the “hostess with the mostess.” She loved to entertain and was known for annual Super Bowl parties. Marylin enjoyed traveling with Ronnie and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Marylin was an avid reader and loved puzzle books.

Marylin is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ronald Berman, of Maitland; children: Sherry Berman of St. Petersburg; Hallie Berman of Fern Park; Melanie (Jack) Gluck of Altamonte Springs; grandchildren: Jennifer Messer of Athens, Ga.; Lee Berman of Winter Springs; Janna, Tamara and Maya Gluck of Altamonte Springs and sisters: Barbara Brooks and Dotty Katz both of Tampa.

Marylin was predeceased by her son, Jesse Berman, and her sister, Ethel Field of Tampa. In her memory, the family requests donations to the South Seminole Optimist Club.

Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180.


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