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Gladys Bernstein

Gladys Bernstein, 96, of Southfield, Michigan, died on 04 September 2019.

The Funeral was Private Family Graveside Service on Sunday, 15 September 2019.

Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.

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Gladys Bernstein, age 96, passed away on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, after a brief illness. She was born in New York City, the daughter of Joseph and Lena (Oseasohn) Zwick and was the elder of two children. In 1941, at a dance hosted by her Temple, her rabbi introduced her to Allen Bernstein, a soldier home on leave. They began corresponding, and were married in 1943. During this period, she also attended Hunter College.

In 1946, Gladys and Allen moved to Detroit, Michigan, then to Southfield in 1966. They became members of Temple Beth El, where she served as both a teacher and administrator in the Sunday school. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education, as well as additional study, at Wayne State University. In 1962, she began teaching Speech and English at Southfield High School, where she worked for 22 years. While there, she produced numerous student plays and musicals, and coached members of the school’s award-winning forensics teams. After retirement, she served as chair of the Brandeis Book Sale for several years. In 2002, she moved to The Park at Trowbridge, where she was chair of the residents’ council, and managed the building’s library.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, husband Allen, brother Howard, daughter-in-law Linda (Ralph), daughter-in-law Penny (Gail), and grandson John. She is survived by daughter Gail, sons Ralph and Mark (Sharon), grandson Allen (Amanda), granddaughter Rebecca (Cassandra), and great-granddaughters Kayleigh and Krystiana. She loved theater, travel, and, most of all, her family.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Gladys Bernstein may do so by making a contribution to:

Educational Theatre Foundation
4805 Montgomery Road Suite 400
Cincinnati, OH 45212
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