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Sidney Berkowitz, a resident of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on July 31st, 2022 at the age of 97. Funeral services arranged by The Dorfman Chapel.

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Location of Service:
Private Graveside Services
Date of Service:
Private service
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Shiva Information:
No formal shiva will be held.  
Charitable contributions:
The American Civil Liberties Union
2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone: (313) 578-6800

The American Civil Liberties Union
2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone: (313) 578-6800

A charity of one's choice  
Family Members:
Sid Berkowitz was born in Detroit, Mi. on August 9, 1924. He was the 5th of 7 children born to Benjamin Berkowitz and Carolena Rosenbloom. His family lived upstairs of his father's Refinishing and Furniture Sales store and near to the old Tigers' Baseball Stadium. His last remaining sibling is Jean Rubinson.

As a boy , he played a lot of vacant lot baseball always waiting for a fly ball to come to him from over the stadium wall. He enjoyed fully the culture and friendship of the Mexican family next door and began his appreciation of diversity and a world view of inclusion. He loved to read and his mother encouraged him.

At age 13, he traveled alone by hitch hiking to New York where he stayed with cousins. He wanted to experience the World's Fair, and he did. He loved living life, movement, and travel.

He was educated in the Detroit schools and attended Wayne State for a short time after high school, but that was interrupted by the circumstances of World War II which caused him to enlist in the Army. He served as a radar and communication specialist before he returned home to complete his education at Wayne State to become a teacher.

He married Clare Milinsky and together they raised their children, Tom Jeffrey (Elena) and Laura Ellen (the late Jim Weston) while he advanced his teaching career. He worked in the Detroit school system, starting by teaching in the elementary schools, advancing to teaching high school. At Miller High he developed and taught the first class on Black History for the "Millerites." He was a Social Studies department head at Redford High, a vice principal at Northwestern High, and a principal at Mc Kenzie High school.

He began to gravitate towards the counselling roles in his work and was active in community school relations. He studied Gestalt Therapy and other therapy modes and began to develop his psychotherapy practice. He was invited by friends to do workshops in Europe and travelled about 20 summers to Germany. In his later years, it was his joy and favorite part of his career to blend his teaching and therapy skills to help mold budding PhD psychologists at the Michigan School of Psychology. He relished time with his training groups and his students seemed to love him and his style of training as well as their group experience.

Also in his later years, he remarried Kay ( Kathleen Carder Duffy) and became an integral part of a second family experience. He was a beloved step-dad to Kristen (Brian) Mary, Dan (Dee) Norm and Ryan (Becky), and over the 38 years has been an attentive and loving grandpa to 16 grandchildren. He was on the brink of having a great granddaughter, Autumn. Sid is also survived by numerous close nephews and great nephews and great nieces from coast to coast.

Sid lived enthusiastically and folks can remember him belting out a song at a traditional Seder dinner or dancing up a storm when the band began to play. He loved Jazz, University of Michigan football and basketball games, tennis, travel, political news, and family get-togethers, large or small. He participated in early "sit-ins" to integrate cafes , he marched with Martin Luther King in Washington, D.C. He was an avid Womens Rights advocate, and fought for peoples' rights in general. In lieu of flowers, donations to A.C.L.U. or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

He kept working into his 90's because he had energy and because he loved his work and his clients. He was a beloved husband, a best friend, a beloved father and step dad, a gentleman and a scholar. He remained non-judgmental, curious, kind and compassionate, even-tempered with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be truly missed by all of us who were touched by his spirit.  

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