Bernice (Lipsic) Kantrowitz

Bernice (Lipsic) Kantrowitz


Bernice (Lipsic) Kantrowitz died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on June 6, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 95 years old.

Bernice was born June 17, 1923, in Berkeley Springs to Max and Elizabeth (Miller) Lipsic, owners of a clothing store in town.

After graduating from high school there, Bernice moved to Washington, D.C.

In 1947, Bernice married the love of her life, Seymour Kantrowitz, in D.C., where he was stationed during WWII. Over the next 32 years, they raised their three daughters in Rockville, Md.

After retiring, Bernice and Seymour moved to Southern California to be closer to their children in California and Arizona. In 1989, they relocated to Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Bernice worked 30 years for the U.S. government at the Old Executive Office Building in D.C. and at Health, Education and Welfare in Rockville. In California, she worked at the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach.

When she was in her 60s, Bernice fulfilled a lifelong dream, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of California at Long Beach.

Over the next 30 years, writing was Bernice’s passion: She wrote more than a thousand short stories — many autobiographical about growing up in Berkeley Springs — that she shared with family and friends, a legacy they will always cherish. Some of her stories appeared in The Arizona Republic and The Sun Lakes Splash newspapers.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Seymour, and her daughter, Susan Kantrowitz.

She is survived by her daughters Judy (Michael) Lefton and Mindy (Bill) Burns, both of Arizona, who will miss her dearly.

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