Sara Penziner

Published May 11, 2016, issue of May 19, 2016.

Sara Liss Penziner, 98, a longtime resident of West Road in Sheffield, more recently of Melbourne Place in Pittsfield, died on April 28, 2016, at Berkshire Medical Center.

Born in Monterey, Mass., on May 3, 1917, she was the daughter of David and Rebecca Nevins Liss. She was educated in Great Barrington. Sara married Jacob Penziner and raised her family of three, Bernice, Rodney and Susan, in Sheffield.

Sara was devoted to her family, number one. She enjoyed fashion, gardening, sewing and knitting and most of all, exercising. She drove her white Jeep to Simon’s Rock and Berkshire South for many years for her exercise classes, until she was 92 years old. Her beauty and strength were admired by all.

She is survived by her daughters, Bernice Bornstein of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Peabody, her daughter Susan Lipton of Pittsfield, her grandchildren, Eric, Toni and Julian Bornstein of Cambridge, Robin Bornstein of Byfield, David, Julie, William and Rachel Bornstein of Peabody, Jeffrey Lipton of Boston, Michael, Christine, Alexandra and Emery Lipton of Pittsfield, Scott Penziner of Portsmouth, N.H., Timothy, Suzanne and Seth Penziner of Wakfield, and Virginia Penziner of Peabody, and her brother, Joseph Liss of Naples, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband Jacob, her sisters Anna Goldberg of Longmeadow and Milly Nevins of Harrison, N.Y., and her son Rodney Penziner of Housatonic.

The funeral for Sara Penziner was held on May 3 at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington, conducted by Rabbi David Weiner. Burial followed at Ahavath Sholom Cemetery in Great Barrington. Donations in memory of Sara may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to her family, visit

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