Sam Berger

January 27, 1917 - July 22, 2013 

Sam Berger

January 27, 1917 - July 22, 2013 

Obituary for Sam Berger

Samuel Berger, 96, of Union Mills, NC, died Monday July the 22nd, 2013 at Hospice of Rutherford County.
He was born January 27, 1917, in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of the late Rose and Max Berger.
He served in the US Navy, and worked for 69 years before retiring. As a young man, Sam moved to Tampa, FL in 1934 and moved to Miami, FL in 1946, where he met his wife Frieda, and lived there for 53 years. When he moved to North Carolina in 1999, and after his wife, Frieda who passed away just three weeks later, Sam volunteered at the Rutherford County Senior Center where he helped out in the kitchen, sometimes chopping onions and passing out milk during lunch. He became the Volunteer of the Year for Rutherford County on August 26, 2003. Sam volunteered at the Senior Center for over 12 years. During his many years at the center, he became very active in dancing. He performed at numerous nursing homes with the Senior Center’s dance troop, and he always found time to perform in the North Carolina Senior Games. During these games, Sam and his best friend, Missy Hughes, even went on to win a Gold Medal at a state competition! He won many medals during the sport competitions at the NC Senior Games as well! Sam became a recognized person from dancing at Rutherford County’s Relay For Life, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and even the Beastie Boys.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Jay Aldrich of Union Mills, NC; son Murray Richard Berger of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Ellen Holly Aldrich, of Greenville, SC, Benjamin Michael Aldrich and his wife, Laura Leigh Aldrich, of Seiverville, TN.
He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Frieda Rubitsky Berger, his sister, Mary Walker, and his brother, Benjamin Berger.
A service will be held at Crowes Mortuary on Thursday July the 25th at 1:00PM with Deacon Andy Cilone officiating and Military Honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Miami, FL.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, POB 336 Forest City NC 28043. Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com.

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