Shirley Ann Berenson Fromer Mark died Tuesday, July 30th In Portland, OR at the age of 96 of natural causes.
Shirley was born in Portland, OR on July 4, 1923 to Max and Florence Berenson. She was the youngest of four children and the only girl. Her brothers were Norman, Milton and Bernard Berenson. She went to Shattuck grade school, Lincoln High School, University of Washington and Reed College. In 1944 Shirley met Danny Fromer. He was on leave from the Army and they met at a dance at the Jewish Community Center. They married on Sept. 16, 1944 in Portland. They had three children: Eileen (widowed), Marty (married to Mary Jo Cook) and Jim (married to Arlene Fromer). She had four grandchildren, Emily Aldworth (married to Robbie Aldworth), Jake Fromer, Danielle Fromer (married to Blake Borgeson) and Aaron Fromer.
Danny Fromer died in 1982 from heart disease, after a long illness. In 1984 she met Louis Mark in Palm Springs, CA. They were married later that year and spent many happy years together, splitting time between Palm Springs and Portland until Lou passed away in 2013.
Shirley’s life revolved around family and friends. When the children were young, she and Danny took many summer car trips including one cross country to see Danny’s family in New York City, they explored Oregon, California and traveled to Las Vegas and Palm Springs where they later bought a winter home. She and Danny traveled extensively in Europe, Israel and Asia. She also loved taking her children and grandchildren on cruises.
Funeral will be held at Temple Beth Israel cemetery, 426 SW Taylors Ferry Rd., at 3 pm on Wednesday, July 31. Burial after the service. Shiva Minyan at Marty Fromer’s home, 4622 SW Flower Place, at 7 pm Wednesday the 31st. Donations in her honor may be made to Cedar Sinai Park, Jewish Family and Child Service and the Oregon Food Bank. May her memory be for a blessing.
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 03:00 pm
End Time: 04:00 pm
Beth Israel Cemetery
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