Andover, MA — Bernice K. Sachs of Andover and formerly of Swampscott, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the age of 93.
A career educator in early childhood development, Bernice was born in Providence, R.I., and studied at Brown University. She was instrumental in setting up the Head Start Program in Lynn, which was one of the first programs of its kind in the 1960s, designed to provide comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. She was a former director of the preschool program at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline.
Bernice was very active in the community and served on the board of directors at Temple Emanu-el in Marblehead, the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, and the Jewish Rehabilitation Center (Aviv Centers for Living) in Swampscott where she served as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary during the planning and building of the Woodbridge facility in Peabody, Mass. Bernice was also a vibrant and active participant in numerous programs at the former Temple Israel and Temple Beth El (Congregation Shirat Hayam) and the League of Women Voters. Bernice was the former president of the local chapter of the United Order of True Sisters (UOTS), and instrumental in fundraising for cancer research and support to cancer patients. She also spent many hours as a volunteer at the North Shore Children’s Hospital in Salem.
She was the beloved wife of the late Melvin S. Sachs; devoted mother of Robert and his wife, Kathleen Sachs, of Georgetown, and Philip and his wife, Diane Sachs, of North Andover; cherished grandmother of Jennifer and Michael Sachs; and loving sister of the late Sydney Koret and Delores Book.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services at the Stenetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem-Swampscott line, on Sunday, May 5, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Lincoln Park Cemetary, Warwick, R.I. Memorial Observance Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the home of Philip and Diane Sachs and on Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the home of Robert and Kathleen Sachs. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the Aviv Centers for Living or Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, both at 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, MA 01960.