Dr. Chester Martin Berschling
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Dr. Chester Martin Berschling

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BERSCHLING: Dr. Chester Martin Berschling on Saturday, December 29, 2018, Dr. Chester Martin Berschling of Chevy Chase, Md. He leaves behind his beloved, Rosalind Stern; his daughter Heather Levitt and her husband, Lance; son Jeffrey Berschling and his wife Debbie; daughter Jenny Berschling and her partner Harry Strand. He was a devoted and proud “Pop Pop” to grandchildren Conner, Maeve, Evan and Eli and Uncle to Charlie Hons. He is predeceased by his sister Muriel Hons and her husband John. Born in New York City, N.Y., Dr. Berschling, “Chet” was in the first graduating class of Albert Einstein School of Medicine. After medical school he moved to Pittsburgh and completed residencies in psychiatry and child psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute. Following residency, he established a well-respected private practice that lasted 55 years. During his years in Pittsburgh, he built a home with his wife of 33 years, Ruth Avalon (deceased), and their three children. Recently, he was honored by the Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society with a Lifetime Achievement Award for a Residents’ Night program he established that has thrived and grown beyond Pennsylvania. Chet loved adventures. He took his family houseboating in Canada, spent winters skiing in western Pennsylvania, and enjoyed whitewater rafting, especially down the Colorado River. At the age of 62 he became certified in scuba diving, completing over 200 dives in his lifetime. An avid traveler, he visited Brazil and biked in Europe and California. More recently, he climbed Machu Picchu and traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Chet felt a deep connection to Israel, visiting several times. In his words, he had “too much joy left to feel.” Memorial contributions can be made to Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire crfbonaire.org or Jewish Social Services Agency jssa.org. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

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