LINCOLN – Tillie (Weinberg) Klitzner died on Sept. 21. Born in Pawtucket on Oct. 30, 1917, a daughter of the late Max and Celia (Stig) Weinberg, she was the wife of the late William Klitzner.
Predeceased by her husband, daughter Rhoda and son Carl, she used her experiences to help others. She displayed honesty in matters of the heart, touching all those around her.
She volunteered at Hasbro Hospital for decades and will be remembered by staff and families there for her dedication to young cancer patients.
She is survived by her children, Alan and Leta Klitzner of Cumberland and Dayle and John Kellner of Weybridge, Vt.; and her grandchildren, Jonathan and Deborah Salinger, Jeff and Dana Klitzner, Heidi and Joel Solomon, Dean and Jill Klitzner, William and Michael Kellner, and 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves her surviving brother and his wife, Samuel and Lillian Weinberg of Cranston and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Rose, Ida, Murray and George.
Contributions may be made to Hasbro Hospital Child Life Program, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901 or the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.
CRANSTON – Sharyn Wilk died Sept. 10. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of Esther (Lecht) Yanku and the late Leonard Yanku. She was an information technologist for the City of Cranston. She lived her bucket list her entire life. She was a lifelong learner and volunteer, serving on numerous boards, including the Providence Ronald McDonald House.
She is survived by her children Saul (Lindsay) Wilk of Grafton, Mass., and Jason Wilk (Erin Duffek) of Cranston. She was the sister of Robert (Lorraine) Yanku of Leesburg, Va., Alan (Cheri) Yanku of Lincoln, Steven (Gail) Yanku of Cranston and Lisa (David) Maroni of Cranston, and the grandmother of Levi, Tobias, Ayden and Isaiah.
Contributions may be made to ALS Association-R.I. Chapter, 2915 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 or Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.
NEW YORK CITY – Elizabeth Berger died Aug. 5, after a 10-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was the daughter of Anita Berger and the late Ramon Berger. She was a graduate of Classical High School and Yale College, where she created her own college major, The Study of the City. Her thesis topic was Providence, at the time of the Cianci administration.
She returned to New York City, where she was born and raised, to work for Mayor Ed Koch as his assistant mayoral representative to the New York City Council. She went on to develop a practice in government relations, specializing in cultural and artistic organizations as well as working in the field of community affairs and strategic planning.
In 2007, she became president of the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Association. In her years there, she helped shape the re-imaging and building of Lower Manhattan after Sept. 11, 2001, and led an effort to assist Lower Manhattan businesses and residents after Superstorm Sandy.
She is survived by her husband Frederick, her children Phoebe and Julian, her mother Anita and her brother Gideon. A memorial service will be held Sept. 29 at Pace University, in New York City.
MANVILLE – Samuel Bernstein died Aug. 23. He was the husband of Colleen (Charpentier) Bernstein.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis and Annie (Bernstein) Bernstein, he had been a resident of Manville since 1979.
He worked at the former Health-Tex in Cumberland and the former Embassy Bar in Pawtucket.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force.
He was a member of Mishkon Tfiloh.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister Anita Stein of Providence, his brother Robert Bernstein of Tamarac, Fla., and his nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Jack and George Bernstein.
Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.