Melvin "Sandy" Berkowitz

July 3, 1921October 30, 2012

Melvin “Sandy” Berkowitz of Floral Park, NY, formerly of Florida and Natick, MA, entered into rest October 30, 2012, age 91.

His wife of 52 years, Edna (Vigoda) Berkowitz died in 1995. He leaves a son, Richard, and his wife Mary Ellen of Natick; a daughter, Shana Gaines, of Newport, RI; grandchildren Brian Othmer, Melissa Berkowitz, and Michael Berkowitz; and great-grandchildren Brittany Othmer and Benjamin Othmer. He also leaves his loving companion of seventeen years, Hazel Aaronson, and his brother, Jason Berkowitz.

Melvin was born in Boston, son of Abraham and Tillie Berkowitz. He lived in the Boston Metrowest area for seventy-four years before moving to New York. He also spent winters in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, FL. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Graveside service at Sons of Abraham Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury on Friday, November 2 at 1:00PM.

Shiva observance will be private.

Charitable contributions in Melvin’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701


At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember him.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter, we remember him.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember him.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember him.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember him.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember him.

As long as we live, he too will live; for he is now a part of us, as we remember him.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember him.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember him.

When we have joy we crave to share, we remember him.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make, we remember him.

When we have achievements that are based on his, we remember him.

As long as we live, he too will live; for he is now a part of us.

~ a meditation from Rabbi Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer


  • Graveside Service Friday, November 2, 2012

Melvin "Sandy" Berkowitz

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January 9, 2013

I met him a few times when I was young, was a great guy.
Nephew Peter Berkowitz
Redding CA.

Hilda Sanches

November 2, 2012

MaryEllen & Family
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

lisa quinn

November 2, 2012

my prayers are with you Brian and your family at this most saddest of times.
love always
Lisa Quinn

Joe Kane

November 2, 2012

Our heart felt condolences to the entire Berkowitz family during your time of grief.

The Kane Family
Milford, MA

American Heart Association

November 2, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

November 1, 2012

We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Melvin "Sandy" Berkowitz. The privilege of serving you at this time is our distinct honor. May the memory of him be for a blessing. ~The Funeral Directors and Staff of Stanetsky Memorial Chapels~