Barbara Wasserman, 67, of Pittsfield, died at Berkshire Medical Center on March 1, 2021, after a two month battle with a severe autoimmune disease. Barbara was born on January 26, 1954, in Tuscaloosa, AL, daughter of the late Morton and Sylvia Stein Kravitz. She was a 1972 graduate of Tuscaloosa High School. Barbara attended the University of Georgia and received her BS in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama in 1976.
She attained her MS in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama in 1977. Barbara's first employment as a Speech-Language Pathologist was in the Vincent, AL, school system. She then went on to work in Gardendale, AL. Barbara moved to Pittsfield in 1983 and in 1986 started working full time as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Pittsfield Public Schools. Over the 27 years of her employment in Pittsfield she helped two generations of children access language and speech, helping them to achieve happy and productive lives.
She worked primarily at Allendale, Stearns, and Capeless Elementary schools. Additionally, for 16 years Barbara was the Unit Leader for the Related Services Unit in the public schools.
Barbara was an active member of Temple Anshe Amunim for 37 years where she was Membership Chair, former Chair of the Religious Education Committee, former member of the Board of Trustees and a former Vice-President. She was also a life member of Hadassah. Barbara was the consummate host and loved entertaining for her friends and family. She brought her southern hospitality to Massachusetts and could throw together a party at a moment's notice. She loved spending summer evenings at Tanglewood, warm days at the pool, and more than anything, spending time with her family and friends.
Barbara is survived by her husband Michael, who she married on May 24, 1981, in Tuscaloosa, AL. She is survived by her greatest joys , her daughters Stacy Wasserman(Tod Damon) of Providence, RI, and Rachel Wasserman (Dan Erdheim) of Brooklyn, NY. She leaves her adored granddaughters Lola and Maya Damon. She is also survived by her four siblings, Sheryl Smookler of Harefield, Middlesex, England, Rochelle Green (Marty)of Birmingham, AL, Rita Denson (Miles) of Marietta, GA, and Paul Kravitz (Patti) of Dawsonville, GA.
A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the Pittsfield Cemetery - Temple Anshe Amunim section, led by Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch.
Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the "Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Camp Scholarship Fund" in care of the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201
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