James A. Berlinski of Chelsea, formerly of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, age 81, died Monday, March 1, 2021 at home surrounded by his family, after a long battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension and scleroderma.
He was born Aug. 15, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Theodore Oswald and Ruth (Leverenz) Berlinski.
Jim graduated from Lutheran High School in Detroit, and then Concordia River Forest, IL. He was the principal at St. Matthews in New York City, and then he worked in finance for Ford for 30 years, retiring from the Walton Hills Stamping Plant.
Jim was the former President of “Apollo’s Fire,” the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, where he sang professionally. He was a music director for many churches, including Gloria Dei, Detroit, St. Paul’s Farmington, St. Paul’s Northville, Our Redeemer in Solon, OH, Lord of Life in Bainbridge, OH, and Valley Lutheran in Chagrin Falls, OH.
Jim attended Peace Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor most recently. He enjoyed bowling and golfing.
No services will be held at this time.
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