Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel

10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA


Ida Bershad

20 June, 193122 June, 2020

On Monday, June 22nd, 2020, Ida Silverman Bershad, 89, beloved partner, sister, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully at her home in Salem, Massachusetts. Born in Boston in 1931, she grew up in Mattapan and then Brookline, where she attended the Devotion School and Brookline High School. She then earned a bachelor degree from Syracuse University and began a career in retail at Filene’s in Boston. She married her husband, Vigdor P. Bershad, in June of 1953 after a whirlwind courtship. They were blessed with a loving marriage and four beautiful children, who they raised together in Marblehead. Despite the loss of her husband in 1999, Ida remained vibrant and active with the support of her family and circle of dear friends. She was extremely fortunate to find love again later in life with her partner, Edward Snow, with whom she shared both joys and challenges over the last ten years. Ed referred to her as his “Mulligan” because she was his second chance at life. Those who knew Ida will remember her passion for flowers. She adored flowers and plants of all kinds and had the greenest of thumbs. She was a professional floral designer whose arrangements provided the perfect setting for many special occasions. An avid gardener, she was active in a number of local garden clubs and taught master classes in floral design. Her participation in “Art in Bloom” at the MFA in Boston was one of her annual highlights. She was also a talented painter. Ida also loved to travel. Over the decades, she toured the world with both friends and family. She made her way to all seven continents, laughing, eating and dancing all the way. Anyone who ever sat at a card table with Ida will know that she was a bit of a shark. She could and would play any game that involved cards or dice or tiles. She especially loved to play bridge and Mahjong at every opportunity. She was also not above playing on the floor with small children, splashing in the pool and sliding down snowy hills. Ida was a gracious hostess and loved to entertain. She kept a lovely home and made everyone who visited feel warm and welcome. She was a gifted listener and a thoughtful advisor. She was a loyal friend and sustained many lifelong friendships, but always had room in her heart for more – more people to know and enjoy, more friends to laugh and cry with, and more family to love and support unconditionally. Ida is survived by her sons, Barry Bershad and his wife Susan of Mansfield, Massachusetts, Lou Bershad and his wife Maureen Ryall of Jamestown, Rhode Island, and her grandchildren Paul, Benjamin, Melissa, and Daniel. She also leaves her sister, Marcia Bartzoff, and her husband Burt, of Salem, Massachusetts. She will be sincerely missed by her partner, Edward Snow of Salem and her new extended family – his children Nancy Snow and David Owens, Linda and Mark Dockser, Michael Snow and Elizabeth Lemons, and his grandchildren Hannah, Ben, Joshua, Aaron, Jennie, Abigail, and Nathaniel. She is pre-deceased by her parents, Pauline (Polly) Silverman and Louis I. Silverman, her stepfather, Abe Sacks, her husband Vigdor Bershad, her daughter Robin and her son William. Ida had a smile that would light up a room and a heart big enough for the whole world. She will be sorely missed. Please think of her when you see a beautiful flower. Services will be private.

In lieu of the flowers that Ida so loved, please consider donating to a charity dear to your heart


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David Bershad

29 June 2020

My condolences to Ed, Ida's immediate and extended families.

My aunt Ida will forever remain in my memory as a good wife, mother, and aunt to me and my brothers. Her eternally-upbeat personality, warm heart and smile always made it a pleasure to spend time with her and her family.

She will surely be missed; and I will think of her as I putter in the garden and tend my bonsai.

To my favorite Aunt...RIP.

Ann Jean Flaxer

26 June 2020

Dear Ed,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many fond memories of us enjoying ourselves at your pool. So sorry on Ida's passing. We will miss her.

Ann-Jean & Bob

Linda Rosenfield

26 June 2020

Dear Ed,
We are so saddened to hear of Ida’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with yours and Ida’s families at this most difficult time.
Linda and Jackson

Swapan Rahman

25 June 2020

I am a college classmate of Barry Bershad. Mrs. Bershad invited me for Thanksgiving meal at her house when I was in college. I fondly remember her kindness and interest in me. Barry, Sue and I have been friends since 1980. My deepest condolonces to the Bershad family. May Mrs. Bershad Rest In Peace and we will always cherish her gift of love to all.

Nikki Kermish

25 June 2020

Alan and I have many fond memories of holidays and good times shared with Ida and her family. I will always remember going to the circus with her and her friends in Paris.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Susan Dreyfus

25 June 2020

I knew Ida and Ed from our winters in Florida. Ida was such a bright light in our little community. I would often walk to the pool just to see if she was there and to say ‘hello’. I will sorely miss her and send my condolences and thoughts to Ed and her family.

Karen Dauer

25 June 2020

I have fond memories of Ida as proud mom to Barry and gram to the boys. When she was around family - especially Benny and Paul, her face just lit up with love and happiness. I feel blessed to have known her. She had a great smile. She will be missed.

Lynne Zolot

25 June 2020

i fondly recall Ida as an outstanding person

Kim Rosenfield

25 June 2020

Ida was the shining light of the Bridge Club family and how we all miss her! The beauty of her spirit mirrored her gorgeous flower arrangements, her quick wit and sharp insights enlivened every conversation. So many shared memories among the Bershads, Rosenfields, Goldsmiths, Blocks, Bermans, and Shulkins....friends who are like family.
Ed, you and your family brought her so much joy. Barry and Sue, Lou and Moo, we are all thinking of you.
With much love from Barbara and Kim and the whole Rosenfield mishpacha.

Dale Warren

24 June 2020

Sending all my heartfelt sympathies to Ida’s beautiful family with love. She will be missed .
I was so fortunate to have spent time with this magnificent lady, both at home and traveling abroad, and I am a better person for it.
Included a photo of Ida with Eddy Flame , my mom, two years ago on the happy occasion of
their shared birthdays this week.
With all my love and hugs, Dale Warren


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