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Peni at Purim-in-the-Park

posted March 1, 2015 by Rabbi Hayyim Solomon
1 March 2015
10 Adar 5775
It is with utmost grief and sadness that I must inform the TCOMD community of the passing of Phenya bat Gershom - Peni Berger.
Peni leaves behind her husband Steve and daughter Nichole, and a grieving and stunned TCOMD community.
Peni's devotion to the synagogue and her friends there was legend.
Peni's leadership and work-ethic, leading multiple, and amongst them the most critical, committees was an example few could follow.
Peni's energy and 'can-do' attitude was an inspiration without parallel.
To say that she'll be missed is to use pitifully faint praise.
We are simply heart-broken.
The funeral is scheduled, for this Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Garden of David-Hillcrest Memorial in Leesburg, at 11am.
Tenuhamu min hashamayim.
May Steve and his family, and all of us of TCOMD, find comfort from Heaven.
Zikhronot - Remembrances
I'll write more when I can. I'm really just too much in shock right now. I have lost a friend. I have lost someone devoted to the vision of TCOMD. And I have lost her too suddenly, and too soon. May Hashem bring comfort to us all. - Abba Hayyim

My heartfelt condolences Stephen and Nicole. She was loved and appreciated by so many. Heaven has a new angel. RIP, Peni. Nancy Mucci

Peni was a true "ayshet chayil" a woman of valor. I loved her caring, witty personality. She was the life of any party. All she wanted to do was to make people happy. She did that with her sense of humor and her zany antics, which everyone loved. About 6 years ago I contacted her via email since Berger was one of the few Jewish names I recognized in the Lakes Of Mount Dora directory.We were moving down from Bethesda, MD. and knew no one in Lake County. She and Steve invited Harry and me to lunch before we ever met them. We became friends immediately and we called each other"sisters from a different mother":. Through the years we celebrated good times and helped each other through trying times as well. We were honored and delighted that she and Steve drove to Maryland last year for our daughter's wedding in April. Peni was great in helping me work through some difficult times prior to the wedding. I can not thank her and Steve enough for their friendship. One of the things we shared was our love of God and all things Jewish. It was Peni who introduced me to TCOMD. Rabbi Chayim and the entire TCOMD family has been a wonderful support system to me during her illness and her passing. I will miss her dearly. May her memory be for a blessing. It was a privilege to have known her and loved her. Karen Lipkind

When I went to my first TCOMD event at the park in Mount Dora I remember a friendly lady with the brightest smile on her face coming up to welcome me. That was Peni, a woman who I would later consider one of my closest friends. She went out of her way to make sure that I knew that I was part of the community, I felt at home because of her welcoming attitude and charm. She was especially kind tome. To hear of her passing is a shock. I am in disbelief. Why would such a good person be taken from us so soon? Tears run down my face as I write this. I feel like a family member is gone. The only consolation is knowing that this sadness I feel is because she had such an immense positive impact on my life. Reuven Yehuda Ben Baruch (Ryan Newman)

She was always full steam ahead to help TCOMD. Now she is most surely with HaShem in Olom Haba. May knowing that be a source of comfort for Steve and Nicole. -"Uncle Bob"



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