Joan D. Berger, 85, of New Milford and Clearwater, Fla., died Oct. 27 with her family at her side. She was the wife of Bill Berger for more than 64 years.

She was born March 22, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the eldest daughter of Abraham and Pauline Barsh.

She graduated from Midwood High School and worked at Life magazine for three years.

Having three children, her family became her life's work. She particularly relished being a grandmother. She loved to entertain family and friends, was known for her elegant holiday table settings and always had a stash of Hershey Kisses in the freezer.

She was very stylish and only missed her weekly hair appointment when she was too sick to go.

Mrs. Berger was addicted to reading the daily newspapers, loved the heyday of WOR talk radio, enjoyed her Saturday bridge group and was the only golfer in the family to have achieved two holes in one.

She was keenly interested in current events and popular culture and was actively involved for many years in Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church.

She was known for her uncanny ability to bounce back from serious medical problems and the faith, grace and humor she exhibited during those times.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Marjorie, and her husband, David Rowe; two sons, Richard and Donald, and their wives, Maureen and Sharon; four granddaughters, Brittany, Lacey, Paulina and Maggie; six stepgrandchildren, Steve, Debbie, Donna, Bradley, Whitney and Hawley; and five stepgreat-grandchildren, Tanya, CJ, Elias, Rowe and Fiona. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Gene and Robert, and two sisters, Marjorie and Barbara.

A memorial service will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Save the Children.