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Mildred Pevzner, 92, formerly of Great Barrington, founder of Jack’s Country Squire

In 1954, Mildred and her husband Jack founded Jack’s Dept. Store in Lee, Mass. In 1970, along with their son David, they opened Jack’s Country Squire in Great Barrington.

Mildred Pevzner passed away peacefully in Kensington, Maryland on October 16, 2015. Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on November 10, 1922, she was a daughter of Jacob and Dora Cohen. She graduated from Newburyport High School in 1940 and moved to Great Barrington after her marriage to Jack B. Pevzner in Roxbury, Mass., in 1946.

In 1954, Mildred and her husband Jack founded Jack’s Dept. Store in Lee, Mass. In 1970, along with their son David, they opened Jack’s Country Squire in Great Barrington. Millie, as she was most commonly known, was a long time member of Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, and previously a member of the Ahavath Shalom Synagogue and an active member in their Sisterhood. She was also a lifetime member of Hadassah.

She was singularly devoted to her family and having spent most of her life in Great Barrington, she took great joy in the beauty of the Berkshires. Upon retirement, she and Jack spent winters in Lake Worth, Florida.

Survivors include daughters: Lynne Kaplan (David Kaplan) of Kensington, Md., Paula Pevzner of New York City, Dr. Holly Schneider (Jeff Schneider) of Waban, Mass., and daughter-in-law Sue Pevzner of Great Barrington. Grandchildren include: Dan Pevzner, Matt Pevzner, Lisa Pevzner, Amy Pevzner, Rachel Reicher, Ben Kaplan, Aaron Greenwald, Marcus and Andrew Schneider. Great grandchildren: Victoria and Elizabeth Pevzner, Eli and Avi Reicher.

Her husband, Jack, and her son, David, predeceased her.

The funeral was held on Monday October 19 at 1 p.m., at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Ahavath Sholom Cemetery.

The family will be observing shiva at 40 South St. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7-8 pm and in New York City on Thursday.

Donations in Mildred’s memory can be made to the Caring Community Fund of Hevreh of Southern Berkshire and also Project Native, Great Barrington, Mass., through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to her family or sign the guestbook please go to: www.finnertyandstevens.com

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