Beverly Sugerman, 92


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Beverly (Gomberg) Sugerman wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of Providence went on what she called her “next journey” on Dec. 16. A woman of grace, beauty, dignity, strength and compassion, she was born on March 8, 1926, to Ruth Anna and Aaron Gomberg in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Beverly was the oldest of two daughters.  

She went to school in Worcester and later moved with her father and sister, Joyce, to East Hartford, Connecticut, where she graduated from East Hartford High School. She worked for the Office of Price Administration in Hartford. 

She married Nathaniel (Nat) Sugerman on January 5, 1947, in Cranston. They were married for 44 years until he passed away in January 1991. They were loving parents to their four children. Bev worked alongside her husband Nat when he started the Beatrix Jewelry Company and was closely involved with Nat’s second business, the Providence Metallizing Company, Inc. After their first child was born, she was a homemaker and volunteer for organizations, including the League of Women Voters.  

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Nathaniel Howard Sugerman.  She leaves four children: Ruth Ann Sugerman of Riverside; Claudia Akerstein of San Francisco, California; Betty (Alan) Sugerman Weintraub of West Hartford, Connecticut; and Richard Sugerman of Portsmouth. She leaves her grandchildren: Ari (Michelle) Akerstein; Ilana (Pablo) Calderon; Eli (partner Christine Hurley) Akerstein; Justin and Lia Weintraub; and Samantha and Nathan Sugerman. Great-grandchildren Nicholas Akerstein and Saul, Lev and Lua Akerstein. She leaves her sister, Joyce Aaron; cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family across the country. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Amy Leiter Sugerman.

Memorial donations may be made to the Beverly Gomberg Sugerman and Nathaniel Sugerman Memorial Garden at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence, RI 02906.