Sympathy – August 2016 issue

Posted on: July 31st, 2016 by tgregory

… to the family of Barbara Merrie Blankstein, 72, who died on July 4 in Nashville. Born Oct. 13, 1943, “B. Merrie” was raised in Portland, Maine, by her parents, Joe and Betty Silverman. She attended Deering High School before going to college at Syracuse University, where on the first day she met her loving husband of 50 years, Roger. Barbara recently retired from her job at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where she worked in the pediatric pulmonary division. While Barbara enjoyed nature walks, traveling, knitting and cooking, there was nothing she loved more than being a loving wife to Roger, mother to Ken, Mark and daughter-in-law Holly, grandmother to Stella and Reed and sister to Elaine (David) and Adele (Dick). She is by them as well as a huge network of family and friends in Nashville, Chicago and Maine. Services were on July 7 at The Temple. Donations may be made to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital or to Friends of Radnor Lake. 


… to the family and Bernard Biener, 89, who died on Friday, July 15. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Lillian Pratt Biener; son, Kevin Biener; brother, Maxie (Goldie) Biener, and sister, Carolyn (Buzz) Cahn.

He is survived by his devoted companion, Dianne Shroder; daughters, Stephenie Dodson, Rosey (Carl) Hood and Nancy (Moe) Davis; grandchildren. Chip (Amanda) Hood and Lisa Hood Beaulieu, Tyler and Dillon Biener, John, Marie, and Thomas Dodson, and Emily and Will Davis; great-grandchildren, Chase, Morgan, Hayden, Landon and Easton Hood, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Biener.

Bernard was a WW II and Korean War Veteran. He was a native of Nashville and his family and friends were his greatest passion. He and his son Kevin owned Franklin Ford Tractor. Bernard was a proud farmer of one green tomato and champion piddler.

Graveside services were on July 18 at Sherith Israel Cemetery. 


… the family of Eileen Lapidus Sloan, 70, of Glasgow, KY, who died on July 13 at Barren County Health Care following a brief illness. She was the owner of Bernard’s Department Store in Glasgow. She was a daughter of the late Emanuel Lapidus and Louise Nahm Lapidus. She is survived by a son, Steven (Lori) Sloan, and a grandson, Kolton Jessie, of Glasgow; a granddaughter, Rachel Cohen, and her father, David Cohen, of Nashville, and a sister, Connie Simmons of Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Berky Sloan, and daughter, Amy Sloan Cohen. Graveside service was on July 17 at the K.K.S.I Cemetery. Memorials should be made to a a charity of the donor’s choice.