John T Berseth

Passed away on March 09, 2016
John Berseth, 84, of Wellfleet, MA died March 9 of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1932 he graduated from Brooklyn Friends School and Trinity College and served in the Army in Japan from 1953-1955. Returning to NYC he began his career in writing and editing that spanned 50 years in the city he loved. He married Elizabeth Slack of Brewster in 1961 and they retired to the Cape in 2001. John loved travel, politics and research. His large collection of old New York City and Brooklyn reference and guide books was a favorite project. In his last years Alzheimer's took from him the pleasures of reading and learning. However, through his library and close family he leaves behind a legacy of kindness, curiosity and deep concern for community.He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughters Kate and Susan and their families in Cambridge and sister Lois Hedlund of Brooklyn and her family. And of course Molly.For online condolences, please visit