LeRoy (Lee) Berlik passed away at his home in New Jersey Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. He was 92 years old.
Lee was a longtime resident of Venice, moving first to a home on Summertree Road and later to an apartment at Aston Gardens. He relocated to New Jersey in 2010 to be near family as his health began to fail.
Lee was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1921. He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1942. After graduation, he became a test engineer for Bendix Aviation. He was responsible for testing the aircraft engine controls on many of the famous airplanes used during World War II.
After the war, he began his long career in the appliance industry. For a number of manufacturers he directed the Engineering Department in the design and development of gas and electric built-in and freestanding ranges. He was one the pioneers in the introduction of microwave ovens to the consumer market and he holds five patents. He finished as vice president of Engineering at Magic Chef in Cleveland, Tenn., which became part of Maytag.
Lee was married to Helen Zwang for 56 years, until her death in 2003. His three children, Leonard, Carol and Clifford, and his twin sister, Lenore Chisholm, survive him. He has 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services: There will be a Funeral Mass and interment at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Venice, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m.