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Martha Yorkin Berman

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Martha Yorkin Berman

BERMAN: Martha Yorkin Berman, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Washington, Pa., age 93, on Monday, April 23, 2018. Adored mother of Diane L. Berman, of Pittsburgh, and cherished grandmother of Bernard Balbot of Chicago; preceded in death by her beloved husband and daughter, Dr. Bernard Berman and Dr. Linda Berman, and her two siblings, Alan (Bud) Yorkin and Ruth Yorkin Drazen. Survived by loving nieces and nephews. Martha was born in Washington, Pa., to the late Jessie and Maurice Yorkin on July 23, 1924, graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women (Chatham University) with a degree in economics and government followed by a fellowship at the National Institute of Public Affairs before working as a labor mediator for the National Labor Relations Board prior to her marriage. When her two daughters reached high school, she returned to graduate school and obtained a master’s degree in counseling, working as a full-time counselor for Peters Township High School until her retirement in 1986. Martha was best known as one of Washington County’s most committed and treasured volunteers. Her volunteering began in the 1950s with the Washington County Medical Auxiliary and culminated in her chairing the Washington Hospital Board of Trustees and becoming a member of the Washington Hospital Foundation Board. She was a founding member of the Washington County Mental Health Association and served on numerous other boards for her synagogue, library, and multicultural community centers. Over the past decades, she was honored by the League of Women Voters, the YMCA, the Mental Health Association, the American Association of University Women and the United Way for her commitment to volunteer service. Martha was loved by many in the communities she served and will be deeply missed. Services at BEINHAUER Funeral Home 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray at 12PM on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Visitation one hour prior to the service. (11AM-12PM). Interment at Beth Israel Cemetery, Washington, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Washington County Community Foundation (Berman Family Fund), Temple Emanuel, or the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. Please add or view tributes at beinhauer.com.
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