Shirley Farfel Berman

by | Aug 14, 2020 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Shirley Farfel Berman of Norfolk, Virginia, passed away at home on July 14, 2020, at age 86.
She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was the valedictorian of her class. She received her college degree at Old Dominion University while a mother of four children. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Olga Snyder Farfel and was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Larry W. Berman, M.D.

Shirley worked for many years at Norfolk Social Services, and was an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Lee’s Friends. She was a loving and devoted wife, and an amazing mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children Dr. Stuart Berman and wife, Ileana; Bruce Berman and wife, Shari; Douglas Berman and wife, Jodi; Paula Lefkowitz and husband, Michael; her brother, Dr. Arthur Beryl Farfel and wife, Carole; and her nine grandsons, Jacob, Ben, Josh, Avi, Zach, Ethan, and Charlie Berman, and Robby and Andrew Lefkowitz.

Graveside funeral services were held in Gomley Chessed Cemetery in Portsmouth, Va. with Rabbi Sender Haber officiating. HD Oliver Funeral Apts. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at