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Hildegarde Oestreicher Berman passed away on February 18, 2016, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 95. She passed away from natural causes. She was born on February 5, 1921, in Vienna, Austria, to Theresa and Siegfried Oestreicher. She grew up in a large family, with brothers Joseph, Rudi, Egon and Erich, and sister Gisa. Just before World War II she was able to flee the Nazis and join her sister Gisa and brother Rudi in England, while her brothers Joseph, Egon and Erich fled to Israel. In England she worked as a Bus Conductress, and met her future husband, Abraham Berman, who was stationed in England with the U.S. Army. They were married after the war's end, on September 15, 1945, in London. She joined her husband in Brooklyn, New York, after traveling to the U.S. on a ship with other "war brides".

Her only child, Mark Berman, was born in 1949. She worked in New York as a Bookkeeper and Office Manager for many years, before retiring. Abraham Berman passed away in 1978, and she continued to work, as well as travel with relatives and friends; she especially enjoyed frequent trips to Israel and England to see her brothers and sister, and her large number of nieces, nephews and additional extended family members. Whenever relatives visited from England or Israel, she never hesitated to see them, have them stay at her place, and take them around New York in her car; she continued driving until she was 90 years old. In the U.S. she was close with many of Abraham's relatives, frequently gathering with them for various activities. For her last years in Brooklyn she was assisted by caregivers and neighbors, who became very close friends. She continued to reside in Brooklyn until her declining health resulted in her moving to Houston, Texas in 2015, to be with her son and daughter-in-law.

She is survived by her son Mark, and daughter-in-law Debbie, as well as a large number of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family in the U.S., England and Israel. Her brothers and sister all pre-deceased her. She also enjoyed being with Mark and Debbie's dogs, who always gave her a rousing welcome, and enjoyed sitting on her lap!

Hildegarde Oestreicher Berman was a survivor of a terrible time in history, yet was able to move on with her life and enjoy many, many years with her family and friends. She will be buried next to her husband, Abraham, at Beth Moses Cemetery, in Farmingdale, New York.

Arrangements under the direction of Levy Funeral Directors, Bellaire, TX.