Retail veteran Berkell dies
January 25, 2002,
Plainview, NY — Sylvia Berkell, former chairwoman of retailer Curtains & Home, Inc., passed away on Jan. 14. after a long illness.
Berkell was the wife of the late Bernard Berkell. The husband and wife tandem had started the now defunct Curtains & Home, a retailer of window and bedroom fashions, as well as Highway Textiles and Times Square Stores.
Wendy Keryk, president of Richloom Home Fashions' window division, characterized Berkell as "decisive," "visionary" and "a tough act to follow."