Passed away on November 30, 2018
Sandra (Cutler) Bernstein, of Canton, formerly of Wayland and Natick, died at the age of 78 on Friday, November 30, 2018. For 58 years, she was the cherished wife of Neil Bernstein. She was the daughter of the late Myer L. Cutler and Lucille (Finn) Cutler, devoted mother of Phyllis Fitzpatrick and her husband, David, and Vicki Bernstein and her husband Herschel Garfein, and adored grandmother of Justin and Ilana Fitzpatrick and Hadassa and Lev Garfein.
A native of Newton MA, she received a BS in Science from Brandeis, a M.Ed. from Boston State College, and a C.A.G.S. in Humanistic Education from Boston University. She also studied Jewish Communal Services with Bernard Reisman at Brandeis. She worked teaching middle school science in Sudbury and Walpole before going into a career in Jewish communal services first as a program coordinator at the JCC in Framingham and founder/director of the Jewish Community Volunteer Program for CJP.
Sandie was a lifelong learner, advocate for social justice, lover of the arts, a poet and novelist. She volunteered for many organizations and was on several charitable boards. Her love of Judaism infused her quest to make the world a better place where all people were treated equally and had basic needs met. Sandie had a zest for life and relished sailing, swimming, traveling, and time with friends and family. More than all this, she was loved by and gave her love to many, and her joy in life radiated through her infectious smile.
Services will be held at Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, on Monday, December 3 at 12 pm. Burial to follow. Family will be sitting shiva at the home of Phyllis and Dave Fitzpatrick on Monday from 6:30-9 pm and on Tuesday from 7-9 pm, and at Orchard Cove in Canton at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Congregation Beth El’s Sanctuary Project Fund, 105 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA 01776; A Place to Turn, 99 Hartford Street, Natick, MA 01760, or to a charity of your choice.
- Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2018