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South Salem's 'Joe' Berlt Dies at 77

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - Bruce L. "Joe" Berlt, of South Salem, died Dec. 10 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease under the care giving of his wife Joan. He was 77.

Born Jul. 11, 1934 in Valatie, N.Y., he was the son of the late Charles and Winifred Berlt. A resident of South Salem for over 45 years, Berlt owned North White Plains Service Center from 1961 until his retirement in 2002.

Berlt was passionate about Nascar and Indy Racing, having traveled for the Indy 500 several years in a row. His most cherished times were barbecuing with his family in warm weather, football games in the fall and winter and car races all year round.

He is survived by his wife Joan Teates Berlt, his sons Charles Berlt of Germantown, N.Y., Thomas (Cheryl) Binns of Metamara, Ill. and Chris (Linda) Binns of South Salem, his daughters Lisa (Alex) Valentine of Newtown, Conn. and Donna (Omar) Francis of Clinton, Conn., his sister Jacqueline Atkinson of Grand Island, N.Y., eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services for close friends and family will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, followed by interment at South Salem Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundations for Parkinson's Research , Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.

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