November 29, 1958 – July 6, 2019
Letty Berkovich died on July 6, 2019, at the age of 60 after a long struggle with metastatic breast cancer. She never focused on the unjust disease or the fact that she was afflicted. She faced every day with promise; living the way she wanted to live without regret. Letty spent most of her life in Cumberland, Maine and was happiest with her human family and her animal family which included generations of people, dogs, cats, horses, goats and chickens. There was always time for the fury and feathered creatures and time for the pleasure she took in grooming the lawns and tending the gardens. She even took great satisfaction in clearing pathways in the snow for all the two and four legged animals. Letty would describe herself as an artist. She attended school in Cumberland and then went on to the fine arts program at Boston University. She also attended the Portland School of Art and received a teaching degree at the University of Southern Maine. She taught art at North Yarmouth Academy for several years and she had a lasting impact on many of her students. Her students moved on, but many found the time to visit and let her know what they were doing and how they were doing. After teaching she took a job at the Book Review in Falmouth and as a book seller she touched countless lives during her 30 plus years at the book store. She took the time to talk with the store’s patrons and she introduced many children and young adults to the fun of reading. On July 2nd her two dogs went to visit her at Gosnell House. They gave her a kiss and a wag of the tail and she was content knowing all would be looked after until they would meet again. Letty was special because in a world of jaded insincerity she was kind and genuine. She will be missed by her mother, her sisters, her friends and all the people her kindness and humor touched. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at Temple Beth El in Portland on Sunday July 14th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Westbrook Animal Refuge League or HART Adoption Center and Shelter for Cats.
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July 15, 2019
Letty taught me photography at NYA in the late '80's and truly changed my life. Her passion for art and laughter were contagious. I never look at a shadow from a tree or a reflection in the water without thinking of Letty because she taught me to see everything differently and through the eyes of an explorer, a seeker and a perspective taker. I'm forever grateful for Letty's impact on my life. I loved seeing her in later years at The Book Review and was always astounded by her in depth knowledge of seemingly every book in the store! She was a rare gem. Thank you for sharing your wonderful soul, Letty. You touched us all deeply. XO Love, Jen Rohde
July 14, 2019
I and my family are remembering Letty very fondly today.
I taught at NYA while Letty was an Art teacher. Both of my children were in her Art and Photography classes.
We all remember her wonderfully gentle but mischievous sense of humor and her kind way of instructing her students.
In more recent years I kept in touch with Letty through the Book Review where she always had great suggestions for reading and a cheerful word.
I am unable to attend her service today as I have recently had surgery. However, my thoughts are with her family as they gather to celebrate her all-too-short life.
Margaret C. Perkins
July 13, 2019
Seeing Letty at the bookstore was always such a pleasant experience. So smart,knowledgeable - a beautiful soul.
July 13, 2019
Letty was always such a friendly face at the Book Review. She seemed to have read absolutely everything in the store. She is missed. Rest in peace, my friend. Your race is successfully run.