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Obituary - Vivian B. Berkowitz

Vivian B. Berkowitz

Date of Passing: October 31st, 2020

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Donations in Memory of Mrs. Berkowitz may be made to Temple Beth El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502 or Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.

Vivian Burstein Berkowitz, 79, of Utica, lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer on October 31, 2020 after living a full and joyful life. She was born in Buffalo to Sylvia (Stein) and Samuel Burstein on January 16, 1941 to a loving family. Vivian met her husband, Ernie, while attending Bennett High School and he was attending Pharmacy School at the University of Buffalo. Vivian received her degree from the University of Buffalo, majoring in Business and Education and then attended Syracuse University for her Master's Degree in Business Education. Vivian and Ernie were married on August 12, 1962 in Buffalo.

Her career as a Business Teacher started at Whitesboro High School in 1962 and ended at Proctor High School in 1999 where she taught for many years and loved every minute of it. In her retirement, she and Ernie enjoyed there winters in Palm Desert, CA.

Vivian was always selecting activities besides teaching to keep busy. Gardening, Batik, oil paints, macrame, crocheting, cooking and jewelry at MWP and finally Mahjongg and Duplicate Bridge with the Mohawk Valley Duplicate Bridge Group. Vivian loved traveling, creating itineraries and travel logs, but nothing gave her greater joy than her penchant for developing and nurturing friendships throughout the many phases of her life. Her door was always open and welcome for entertaining.

Vivian is survived by her husband, Ernie; and her children, Dr. Richard Berkowitz and Heidi Berkowitz and their spouses Paula Berkowitz and Richard Goorevich. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Lisa and Renee Berkowitz and Emily and Anna Goorevich. She also leaves her siblings, Irwin Burstein, Myrna LaBaer, Ann-Burstein Cohen and Roberta-Burstein Markel, and their spouses. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Rosalind Berkowitz (Gerald). Vivian leaves many friends and relationships, but especially her best friend, Theresa Marie Chieco-Cohen.

The funeral will be Monday at 1 pm at Temple Beth El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica, with Cantor Kalman Socolof officiating. The Temple is asking people to start arriving by 12 :15 for temperature checks and contact tracing sign ins, as well as social distancing be followed. Interment will be in House of Israel Cemetery, Whitesboro. There will be no formal Shiva.

Services will be live streamed at You do not need to have a Facebook account to access this link.

Donations in Memory of Mrs. Berkowitz may be made to Temple Beth El or Hospice & Palliative Care.

Arrangements are with Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford.


I am so sorry for your loss. Vivian and I taught together for years. She was an spark in the classroom and someone I admired greatly. We had so much fun together. She made me a better teacher. Hoping your family can ban together and cherish her memory. Much love
Susan Lamberto
Susan💕 Lamberto

Dear Ernie, Jerry Brenner just informed me of Vivian's passing. How sad for you, your family, and for all of us that knew her. I know all of you will miss her very much. On behalf of me and my wife Betty, please accept our most sincere condolences.

I have always cherished the warm welcome extended by Vivian and Ernie on our new arrival in Utica. May her memory always be for a blessing.
judy moskow

Ernie and family,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife and matriarch. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Warm Regards,
Chris Hobaica
Chris Hobaica

Ernie and family,
I am so sorry for your incredible loss. She was a lovely woman as I could tell by her beautiful gardens and her love for each plant and flower.
I feel that I have lost a friend. My sincere condolences to you all.

Donna (Her garden helper)
Donna Dunn

mine & my sisters deepest condolences.It was so much fun growing up as neighbors & friends.Her smile & laughter was contagious & always felt welcome in her home.She will be greatly missed.
Shari Barbara & Lori
Lori Rosoff

Dear Family, I am writing from palm desert ca where the Berkowitz's spent many a winter season. I go back at least ten years. Everyone loved Vivian and Ernie. What a lovely couple. . She had magic and we all appreciated her warmth and cheerful spirit. She was so appreciative and smart. We will miss her greatly. Myrna you and viv were such happy sisters together. It was a pleasure to watch you both together. May you all be blessed with wonderful memories of a special lady who helped to make the world a better place. Joyce and Bob Starr
Joyce starr

Friend and colleague Ernie, My sincere condolences. May she rest in peace.
Santo/Tony Garro
Santo/Tony Garro

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mrs. Berkowitz was my teacher at Proctor. She called me after graduation and suggested I consider a summer job at Cohen & Cohen since I had no plan of what I was going to do. 20 years later, I am still working there. I am forever grateful to her.
Nancy Polizzi

I knew Vivian from the Mohawk Valley Bridge Assoc.
Simply meeting Vivian was to already start making memories. She stood out with her positivity, friendliness and generosity.
I never partnered with Vivian, but it was always a pleasure to play at her table, and we will miss her delightful presence.

Sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

Judith Jensen

An amazing teacher who is fondly remembered. I used some of her lessons for my own son in math. It was hard not to remember her spunk, and her smile. Rest in peace Mrs. Berkowitz.
Ann Marie - Class of 1986

Ernie and family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue Ulrich
Susan Ulrich