MONMOUTH JUNCTION - VALERIE JEAN (PIHLGREN) BERKOWITZ passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was 65.
Born in Teaneck, she resided in Highland Park before moving to Monmouth Junction 28 years ago.
Valerie was a graduate of Toms River High School South and Rider College, where she was the Rose of Delta Sigma Pi - sweetheart of the fraternity.
She was the co-owner of Derby Appliances in Edison, NJ, where she worked for 28 years. She also served as President of The Study Club.
Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Mark; her son, Douglas Berkowitz of Monmouth Junction; her brother, Russell Pihlgren and his wife, Rita, of Carolina Shores, NC; sister, Barbara Wright and her husband, George, of Allentown; nephew, Christopher Pihlgren and niece, Michelle Earnhart.
A service will be held on Friday, August 10, at 2:00 PM, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Cremation will be private. For directions, please see the "Services" page.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org) or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2 Princess Road, Suite D, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (www.komencsnj.org).
To Mark and family - We are shocked and saddened to learn of Valerie's passing. She was a lovely woman and we always enjoyed seeing her whenever we attended plays and concerts and other events. We know she was a very special part of your family. We know that words cannot ease your pain and your loss, but we hope it helps to know that we care and that you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest peacefully. Bert and Kay Baron
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