Dr. Albert J.”Abbie ” Berkowitz

Dr. Albert J. “Abbie” Berkowitz- Of Newton, formerly of Needham, on January 4, 2019. Beloved husband of Lois (Stocklan) Berkowitz for 65 years. Devoted father of Marcia Berkowitz and her husband Marc Cohen and Ken Berkowitz and his wife Holly. Dear grandfather of Ali and Michael Sganga, Josh Cohen and Alissa Cooper, Ben Berkowitz, and the late Jacob Berkowitz. Loving great-grandfather of Hailey and Jake Sganga. Dear brother of Ralph Berkowitz, the late Irving “Isaac” Berkowitz, and the late Ethel Tobin. Graduate of Hebrew College, Boston State College, and Boston University. Former Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Former Executive Director of the American Association on Mental Deficiency. Abbie was a retired psychologist, a life-long member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, a 40+ year member of Temple Beth Shalom, Needham. Services at Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Ave., Needham, on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park, memorial observance will be at his residence,210 Nahanton St.,Newton until 8 pm, Tuesday 2-8 pm, and will continue Wednesday at the home of Marcia Berkowitz and Marc Cohen,93 Mackintosh Ave.,Needham from 2-8 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cops for Kids with Cancer, PO Box 850956, Braintree, MA 02185, Special Olympics MA, 512 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01752 or Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494.

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