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Lester Berkelhamer

May 20, 1930 — September 9, 2023

Armonk, NY

Lester Berkelhamer age 93 of Armonk, NY passed away peacefully on September 9, 2023. He is survived by his children Keith (Ginger) Berkelhamer and Karen (Steven) Harrison. He was also the loving grandfather of Katie Berkelhamer, Ben and Will Harrison. He was predeceased by the love of his life his wife Hida and sister Jeanne Brodsky.

Les was born on May 20,1930 in Newburgh, NY. He graduated from Brown University and Columbia Law School. After law school he enlisted in the army and was stationed outside Stuttgart, Germany. He met Hida who worked at the army base. She was bilingual and helped him broker a deal to transport a car to the States. There began their love story.

Hida and Les married in New York City in July 1961 and moved to Armonk, NY in 1969 where they raised their family.

Les was a Labor attorney having worked for the National Labor Relations Board, Dewey Ballantine, Borden, Lipkowitz & Plaut and retired from Bleakley Platt & Schmidt.

He loved fishing, boating, cycling, tennis and trying to keep the woodchucks out of his garden. Les was a man of a million stories. Many of which came from his passion to practice law. But the one story which never got old was how lucky he and Hida were to stumble upon the wonderful Windmill Farm community in Armonk.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to your favorite charity. A private burial will be held at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla, NY.

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