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Obituaries

Raoul Berman 1928 - 2014 Lawrence, KS

Raoul Berman, born Aug. 28, 1928 in New York City, passed away Jan. 16, 2014 in Lawrence, after a long illness. Raoul was brought up by his maternal grandparents in Brooklyn after the death of his mother at an early age. He joined the Army, spending 6.5 years serving his country. While deployed in post war Germany, he met Hanelore Neufurth, whom he would marry and have two children, Heidi and Eric. They would divorce some years later. He moved to Kansas City in 1966 and married (Marion) Joyce (nee: Hoffman) in 1967. Along with her three children, Michelle, William and Phillip, and his two, they made their home in Kansas City, Kansas.
Raoul would later attend Kansas University, getting degrees in both Social Work and Human Development and Family Life and then go on to work as a Social Worker in the Topeka school system. Raoul and Joyce would make their home just north of Tonganoxie with their many pets.
After the passing of his best friend and soul mate Joyce in 2002 and then the passing of his stepson Phillip, Raoul would move to Lawrence to spend his final years. He is survived by Heidi Berman of Wichita, Eric Berman and wife Darla of Lawrence, Michelle and husband Mark of Dallas, and William of Clearlake, Ca., grandchildren Lainie and Jake Mazzullo, Meredith French, Sylvia Manners and Jacob Berman, three great-grandchildren, as well as friends and caregivers. The family would like to thank those who helped in his final years, especially Heather McGhee, Helping Hands and also especially the hospice workers of Visiting Nurses. Melissa at VNA, you’re the best. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice. A memorial service is pending.
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