Barbara (Goldberg) Bernstein died on October 18, 2016 at Evergreen Woods in North Branford. Bobbie was the loving daughter of Jack and Doris (Davidson) Goldberg. She resided in Old Saybrook starting in 1979 with her wonderful husband Ernest Bernstein. They were residents of West Hartford and Waterford prior to that. Ernie predeceased Bobbie in 2011. He was her best friend, life’s companion and beloved husband for 55 years. They met as teenagers and were devoted to one another and inseparable. They spent 24/7 together once Ernie retired. Bobbie was lost without Ernie after he passed away.
She graduated from William Hall High School in West Hartford, Class of 1954. She attended Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, Tufts University 1954-1955 in Medford, MA. Her preference for her career, was journalism, she was Editor-In-Chief of the ‘Hall Highlights’ and worked part time for the Hartford Courant. For fifteen years she worked for ‘The Farmington Valley Herald’ doing reporting and advertising articles and special Fashion and Holiday Magazine sections. She covered some of the ‘Watergate cover-up trail’ and interviewed Judge John Sirica. She did many interviews with U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.
Bobbie and Ernie had one daughter Lori Bernstein and two grandchildren, Aviva and Elliot Datlof, they reside in Maryland.
Bobbie had a beautiful Soprano singing voice, in the early years she entertained on the radio and at local hospitals, etc. She loved music, cooking and baking, gardening and found these hobbies very pleasurable. In the 1960’s she was President of a local Chapter of Women’s American ORT in West Hartford. Prior to moving to Old Saybrook, the Bernstein’s spent their summers in Waterford, CT at their summer home. Bobbie also managed their rental properties. She did volunteer work in Old Saybrook for the Beth Shalom Synagogue and then spent many years raising funds for the Valley Shore Animal Welfare League.
Bobbie and Ernie were very supportive of medical research. A large portion of their estate has been donated for research at universities, hospitals and organizations.
Funeral services were held graveside in the Cypress Cemetery in Old Saybrook on Friday, October 21, 2016 with Rabbi Howard Sommer officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, CT or to the Honor with Books Holocaust Fund in memory of Ernest Bernstein at the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook. Arrangements were entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford, CT.