Jason (Jay) Berger, 91, of Agawam died Jan. 27. He was the husband of Kitty Berger. Born in Lawrence, he was the son of Samuel and Frances Berger. He served in Army intelligence during World War II and was with the first troops to enter Japan. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in food technology. He worked for most of his career as general manager with the Samuel Black Co., a book wholesaler, then in retirement became a magazine publisher and consultant. He also operated an advertising business. He was co-originator of the local Hebrew Free Loan Association. In recent years he was a regular contributor to the Agawam Advertiser, sharing personal stories of his “Life of Fun and Adventure.” In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Scott (Jan), Joe (Valerie), and Cynthia (Bill); grandchildren, Anna (Pete), Ben, Margot, Allison, Emma, and Amelia; a great-grandson, Jacob; and two sisters, Marilyn Willner and Sheila Brandow. Memorial contributions may be made to Baystate Visiting Nurses Association; the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation; or Sinai Temple.


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