Joan Berkman Ostrow
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Joan Berkman Ostrow

OSTROW: Joan Berkman Ostrow (Joni), 92, of Pittsburgh, on Dec. 19, 2023. Daughter of the late Lillian and Milton Berkman. True love of 49 years to the late Stanley V. Ostrow. Devoted mother of Debra Bish Klug (Dale) and the late William Seth Ostrow (Tmira), who passed June 30, 2023, in Israel. Loving sister of the late Barbra Lesser (Bill). Grandmother of Christopher Bish, Courtney Hartnett (Bill) and Amanda Klug of Pittsburgh, Sheli Galili (Ben) and Daniella Zinger (Jonathan) of Israel. Adoring great-grandmother of eight loving great-grandchildren. Companion of 18 years to the late Leonard Stern. Joan started and taught ballroom dancing classes for young adults at Concordia Club of Oakland from 1955 to 1970. After teaching ballroom for many years, she developed and created the fashion merchandising department for Duff’s Business Institute in downtown Pittsburgh from 1969 to 1982. From 1982 until her retirement in 2004 she was the fashion consultant for Kaufmann’s department store where she received recognition and awards for her contributions to the fashion world. Joan loved to live life to the fullest with traveling, cooking and hosting her famous parties. Her perfect smile would light up a room. To her family and lifelong friends: You were every part of who she was. She will be missed but always in our hearts and memories. Graveside service and interment will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, at 11 a.m. at West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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