Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX


Clara Miori Berkman

July 11, 1925December 21, 2019

Clara Miori Berkman, age 94, passed away on December 21, 2019. She was born July 11, 1925 in Victoria to the late J. L. Miori and Victorina Magnia Miori. She was the fourth of six children and the first of American generation. Her father immigrated to America in 1906 at the age of nine years old.

She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and an active member of St. Mary’s Altar Society. She was also a member of the Southern Pacific Retirees Club and worked as a secretary for 45 years for Southern Pacific Railroad, Gulf Oil Corporation and Easley Enterprises. After retirement, she served as a volunteer at Citizens Hospital for many years.

Clara is survived by her daughter Darla Tortorice of Montgomery, Texas; daughter-in-law Carol Slaughter of El Campo, Texas; five grandchildren, Cole Slaughter and wife Lisa, Craig Slaughter and wife Tina, Carrie Drapela and husband Billy, R. C. Tortorice, Jr. and wife Rachael, Christopher Tortorice and wife Melissa; thirteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lillian Lester of Huntsville, Texas and her special adopted daughter/friend Sue Horne of Montgomery, Texas. Clara also leaves behind a number of nieces and nephews and a host of special friends.

Preceding Clara in death were her husband Bill Berkman, son Calvin (Butch) Slaughter, brothers Jimmy Miori, Reynold Miori, Sylvan Miori; sisters Genevieve (Lee) Hall and infant sister Mary Virginia Miori.

According to Clara’s last wishes, her ashes will be buried alongside her late husband Bill on Saturday, January 18th at 12:00 noon at Resurrection Cemetery. The return of her ashes to the earth will be followed by a celebration of life service at 1:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Victoria, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please offer your prayers for Peace on Earth.

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  • Darla Tortorice, Daughter
  • Carol Slaughter, Daughter-in-law
  • Grandchild, Cole Slaughter and wife, Lisa
  • Craig Slaughter and wife, Tina, Grandchild
  • Carrie Drapela and husband, Billy, Grandchild
  • R. C. Tortorice, Jr and wife, Rachael, Grandchild
  • Christopher Tortorice and wife, Melissa, Grandchild
  • Lillian Lester, Sister
  • Sue Horne, Adopted daughter and special friend
  • Bill Berkman, Husband (deceased)
  • Calvin (Butch) Slaughter, Son (deceased)
  • Jimmy Miori, Brother (deceased)
  • Reynold Miori, Brother (deceased)
  • Sylvan Miori, Brother (deceased)
  • Genevieve (Lee) Hall, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Virginia Miori, Infant sister (deceased)
  • Clara is survived by, thirteen great grandchildren
  • Also, four great great grandchildren
  • Clara leaved behind, a number of nieces, nephews and host of friends

  • Prayers for Peace on Earth


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, January 18, 2020


Clara Miori Berkman

have a memory or condolence to add?

Nancy Kopecky

January 18, 2020

Aunt Clara, you are missed by many and you touched so many lives. I know you are in heaven keeping everyone there in line! It was always my pleasure to make sure you got just a little extra attention when you came to CMC. You were so good to me, I for one miss your peanut brittle (and I bet there are many that miss it).
Darla, Sue and families, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lillian Lester

January 16, 2020

I miss you so much, Sis. I miss talking to you almost everyday
and how we could go into almost uncontrollable laughter
over the least little thing. I miss reminiscing about our grow-
ing up days. At times I thought you were a "pill" but you
were so much fun. I know you are in heaven, making every-
body laugh. I will always love and miss you - Your
"Baby" sister.

Dawn Weatherford

January 14, 2020

Clara was a wonderful woman. I first got to know her when we both worked for Jay Easly. I really got to know her when I worked for Leon's and Antique Boutique. She was an all time favorite customer. She was funny, kind, loved her family and very proud of all of her family.
I am so very sorry for your loss of such a lovely, kind woman.
I loved Clara and shall miss her always.
Dawn Nordeen-Weatherford

Sue Horne

January 11, 2020

To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is not to die. You will forever live in my heart and memories of our fun times will never fade. I am so grateful for the time we shared together on this earth and know we have many more waiting to be shared in our forever home!! I love you and miss you everyday!!!