Joseph Louis Lerner, 93, died Friday, March 23, 2018 at the North Adams Commons after a sudden illness.
Mr. Lerner was born in New York City, a son of the late Sam and Becky Mendelson Lerner. He was educated in the NYC Public Schools, and graduated from James Monroe High School. He then attended Pratt Institute, Fordham University and received his Bachelor's Degree from UMass Amherst. Joe was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. During his military commitment, he served as a ground chief with the 463 Heavy Bombers Sq. and he volunteered on November 24, 1942. Following his honorable discharge on Feb. 17, 1946, Mr. Lerner returned to NYC, where he married the former Frances Leblang on December 21, 1947. Together they started their life in Pittsfield in 1949, and Joe was then employed by Nelson's Inc. of Pittsfield as a Sales Representative for many years. He retired in 1994. Mr. Lerner was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Pittsfield Chapter #15.
Joe is survived by his two sons, Lawrence D. Lerner of Pittsfield, and Robert C. Lerner and his wife Diane of Westford, MA, and two granddaughters, Meredith and Allison Lerner of Boston.
Mr. Lerner was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Frances Lerner, on Sept. 1, 2001. He was also predeceased by his two brothers, Hyman and Harold Lerner, and two sisters, Bell and Ruth Lerner.
SERVICES: Funeral Services with full military honors for Mr. Lerner will be Wednesday, March 28th at 10 AM at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St. Agawam, MA. Please meet at the Cemetery.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Devanny- Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA.
In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the Funeral Home.