Berking was born in Germantown, Pa., Aug. 28, 1929. She was raised in the Quaker faith and converted to Catholicism at age 19.
For the rest of her life, she remained an active seeker in her Christian faith. Berking attended the Westtown School, Greenwich Academy and Bennington College before joining Sheed and Ward Publishing in New York City.
She married Stephen K. Carr in 1953 and together they raised their nine children predominately in Larchmont. In later years, she worked in education at the Resurrection Montessori School and the College of New Rochelle.
Berking is preceded in death by her parents Mary B. and John S. Sinclair, as well as her sister Mary “Polly” Krakora and her second husband, Milo J Berking.
Berking is survived by her nine children, Kate (Sandy) Heavenrich of Richmond, Va., Stephen (Debi) Carr of Ojai, Calif., Sylvia (Donald) Carr-Rubenstein of Walnut Creek, Calif., Dr. Deborah (Paul) Adamy of Nyack, Matthew (Melissa) Carr of Midlothian, Va., Suzy (Christian) Weber of Midlothian, Va., Daniel (Kari Kaalstad) Carr of Fairfield, Elizabeth Carr (Dominick Gennusa) of Mamaroneck, John (Abigail) Carr of New York, as well as her brothers David (Susan) Sinclair of Darienc and John (Lynn) Sinclair of Bainbridge Island, Wash., her first husband Stephen Carr of Pipersville, Pa., her 23 grandchildren, her four step children and eight step grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond, Va. 23236 with brief reception to follow. To send flowers, you may contact the church at 804-794-0222.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to Fox House, a shelter for homeless women and children in Spanish Harlem. Checks may be made payable to "Fox House” in memory of Syl Berking and mailed to: Fox House, 111 East 117th St, NYC, NY. 10035. Phone 212-534-6634 or visit www.scny.org/ministries/social-services/fox-house.
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