In Memorial

Darwin Berkowitz

Date of Death: October 5th, 2019
6 in Tishri 5780


Darwin Berkowitz, age 89, of Chicago, one of the all-time greatest kibbitzers, schmoozers and noshers, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6th of Tishrei 5780, comfortably and peacefully, with his family at his side. He is survived by his beloved and cherished wife and best friend of 65 years, Ruth (nee Ostrow), and his children, Richard (Tammy) Berkowitz, Michele Levitt (Bill Urbanus), Michael (Leslie) Berkowitz, Sandi Berkowitz and his six adoring grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca (Fiance Tim Obney), Joshua, Zachary (Kritsten), Noah and Aaron. Papa loved his grandchildren dearly. Devoted son of the late Sadie (nee Goldstone) and Julius Berkowitz; dear brother of the late Alvin Berkowitz. Papa's family and friends and his Jewish culture and Yiddishkeit were the most important things in the world to him. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand to those that may have needed it whether it was a ride to shul or to run an errand. He served proudly, twice, as President of the Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation /AG Beth Israel, once as President of the Board, and several times as membership chairman. He made the "older" members smile with his fluency in Yiddish. Darwin ran a successful collection business, was part of several charitable organizations and, after retirement, energetically volunteered his time at Glenbrook Hospital. But his true passion, making him kvell more than anything, was spending time with and shuttling his grandchildren to and watching, their various school and sporting events. Because he never missed an opportunity to be with old friends he became part of the Great Vest Side Club and the Crane Tech High School Old Timers Club, from where he was graduated, in 1947. Darwin was a proud Korean War veteran serving as an artillery sergeant with the 12th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, where he received, not only, a Commendation citation, for his "initiative, unusual vigor and tenacity…and for his willingness to assume more than his share of the workload..," but also, a Bronze Star Medal on February 10, 1953. Darwin's family and friends will miss him dearly…the poker game will never be the same. Chapel service, Tuesday 12:15 PM at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Keshet. For information or to leave condolences, (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Tuesday, October 8th at 12:15 pm
Service Location: Shalom Chapel Service -Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

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October 9th, 2019

To Ruthie and the children we extend our sincere condolences on Darwins passing. He was truly one of a kind and loved by all that had him in their lives. He will surely be missed and will keep him in our hearts forever. Much love to you all, RON,BARBARA & MIMI COLE

~Ron.Barbara & Mimi
~Dear Friend, Chicago, IL

October 7th, 2019

I do not know Mr Berkowitz but I wanted to extend my condolences to the family because his obituary was just one of the kindest warmest tribute to a man i have ever read. I wish I had met him. You described him so beautifully You are very lucky to have had such a dear wonderful man — a real mensch- in your lives
May his memory be a blessing
Kindest regards,
Just a stranger in highland park

~Bonnie Bader
~None, Highland park il

October 7th, 2019

Dear Ruthie, Richard, Michele and Sandy: We were very sad to hear about Darwin. He was wonderful, sweet, kind and charitable. We first met when the Irving Price Heart Foundation was created. Ruthie and Darwin were instrumental in its formation and longevity. Our bowling league was the most fun. My fondest memory was when my son David was about to play Little League. Darwin was the manager. I went to the parents meeting where he asked for volunteer coaches. I raised my hand. He told me that a MOM could not be a coach. I loved him in spite of this ruling. Please accept our condolences. With love, Donna and Jack

~Donna and Jack Greenberg
~sad friend, Highland Park

October 7th, 2019

Darwin and Ruthie were our next door neighbors on Bell Avenue in Chicago for at least 10 years. I remember Richard and Michelle as little children and a third child that was born before they moved to a bigger home in Lincolnwood. Darwin was a very kind and friendly person who cared a lot about others. My parents knew him from the old West side. I last saw him about 40 years ago at the L station downtown and he was as friendly as ever. His passing leaves a deep hole in the world.

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Ellen Small Rosenberg
Daughter of Raymond and Rose Small

~Ellen Rosenberg
~Former neighbor on Bell Ave., Chicago, IL

October 7th, 2019

Dear Berkowitz family I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Ruth and the entire family on the passing of Darwin. I will never forget the wonderful years together enjoying each other’s social life and simchas. Darwin and Ruth were true friends. May his memory be a Blessing.

~Lenore cooper.
~Friend, Buffalo grove

October 7th, 2019

Darwin was never without a smile, and everyone was greeted with a handshake, hug or kiss or combination. My Dad and he were West Side boys and Crane friends. Mom was part of Ruthies weekly card games for over 3 decades and Dad was part of Darwins. Without Darwin, my brothers and I wouldn't exist.. as he fixed my parents up on a blind date. Those West Side boys stuck together and they shared vacations, Mitzvahs and hardships. Table 22. This great man, will be sorely missed by the extended Block Family and our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all the Berkowitz's and the people whose lives where forever touched from being lucky enough to have had this man in their lives.

~Michelle Block
~Family friend, Morton Grove

October 7th, 2019

I did not know Darwin but as a friend of his wonderful daughter, Michele, and having heard her lovely family stories, I know what a great father he was and the great legacy he has left for his family. My deepest condolences to the family at this sad time.
Marty Burns

~Marty Burns
~Friend of his daughter Michele, Wilmette, IL

October 7th, 2019

To The Berkowitz family;
So sorry to hear of Darwin's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Elaine Goldstein

~Elaine Goldstein
~, Grayslake, Illinois


Yahrzeit Dates For Darwin Berkowitz

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
6th of Tishri 57819/24/2020
6th of Tishri 57829/12/2021
6th of Tishri 578310/1/2022
6th of Tishri 57849/21/2023
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