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Gloria B Berlin Berman
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1926
Maryland, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 2009
Madison
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA

Gloria, age 83, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. She was born the second daughter of David and Sara (Checkett) Berlin, in Baltimore. Gloria moved to Madison with her husband Al and family in 1960. She fell in love with the natural beauty, people, and progressive politics of Wisconsin. Gloria was active throughout her life in caring for the earth and the common person. Most recently, she sang with the Raging Grannies, volunteered at L'Chaim, and speculated on the best candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial race. She loved walks around the marsh by her home, weekly trips to the Madison farmer's markets, spending time on her roof deck, and especially having time with family and friends. Gloria was an intrepid adventurer throughout her life, traveling all over Wisconsin and around the world. Just a few months ago she went on her own to Costa Rica, then to Colorado for her granddaughter's high school graduation. Gloria was passionate about environmental protection, women's rights, other issues of social justice and experiencing the wonders of the natural world. Gloria received a bachelor's degree in political science at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. She worked here in Madison on a study on ground water, for the Wisconsin Humanities Committee, in appointments for Governor Tony Earl and as volunteer coordinator for the Near Eastside Coalition for Older Adults. Gloria volunteered for many political campaigns, from Eugene McCarthy and Paul Soglin to Barack Obama. She was active in the League of Women Voters, the Women's Political Caucus, worked for the Equal Rights Amendment, and other community organizations. Gloria was an active member of various environmental groups and worked on behalf of many environmental issues. Gloria is survived by her sister, Lorraine Goodman of Columbia, MD; three children, Jean Martens of Loveland, CO, Tom (Sok Sun) Berman of Madison, WI, and Rabbi Marjorie Berman of Philadelphia, Pa.; a granddaughter, Nicky Martens of Loveland, CO; and a nephew, Robert Goodman of Atlanta, GA. She leaves behind relatives on her husband's side: two brothers-in-law, Howard (Debby) Berman and Joe Soley; and nephews, Rob (Chase), Steve (Nicole) and John (Nanci) Berman, and David (Joanne), Richard (Isabel), Tim (Maria) and Jack Soley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al Berman (d. 1991); and a niece, Jane Goodman. Memorial services was held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison. Shiva services were held at the Berman home. All are welcome to attend and share memories of Gloria. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Al Berman (____ - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Kathy (Weller) Medick
Record added: Sep 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41790015
 

 
 
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