Apr. 18, 1922 - Oct. 26, 2012
Muriel Boynick was born Muriel Ethel Bluestein on April 18, 1922 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the third child of Barnett and Belle Bluestein. She died in Sarasota on October 26, 2012 after a brief illness. Muriel, affectionately known as "Muby" to her friends and relatives, moved with her parents and siblings to the Boston, Massachusetts area where she attend elementary and secondary school. She attended the University of Illinois
and graduated from the University of Michigan
. She remained a devoted Wolverine football fan for the remainder of her life. She married Leonard Partnow who she met while in college. After Leonard returned from his World War II service in the army, they lived with their three children in Boston area, in South Bend, Indiana for three years, and back in the Boston area, where they settled in Framingham, Massachusetts. Leonard died suddenly of a heart attack in 1963. Thereafter, Muby became a first grade school teacher
and taught for many years at the Saxonville Elementary School in Framingham. She was a skilled and caring teacher, who remained in touch with many of her colleagues and former students. While working and living in Framingham, Muby spent much time with her loving companion, Sydney Appelbaum, both in Framingham and in Chatham, Massachusetts, until Sydney's death. Muby married her second husband, I. Jacques "Chuck" Boynick" in 1975. They traveled extensively, both in conjunction with Chuck's business, and to visit Muby's two sons and their families in Alaska, and Chuck's son in Chicago. After relocating for a number of years to a condominium unit at the top of Heartbreak Hill on Commonwealth Avenue just outside of Boston, Muby and Chuck retired in Sarasota, where they lived in the Meadows until Muby's death. Muby had remained active until breaking her leg this past spring. She had been progressing with physical therapy and rehabilitation until her recent illness. Muby was a loving mother, grandmother, and wife, a classy lady with a wonderful sense of humor, who was adored and respected by all. She was a battler, raising her three children after the sudden death of her first husband, and addressing with dignity and grace the various adversities that life put in her path. She loved animals, most especially her last dog, Puck the Pug, who died earlier this year. Muby was an avid reader who remained informed on public events and deeply committed to her political beliefs and sense of social justice. She was a knowledgeable sports fan, particular of NBA basketball, often surprising even avid fans with her up to date knowledge of the game and her favorite teams and players. She was particularly thoughtful in her dealings with others, as evidenced by the high regard and affection with which she was held by those with whom she came into contact, from service providers, to professionals, to their office staffs, to the wait-staff at the restaurants which she and Chuck favored. Muby was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard, by her parents, Barnett and Belle Bluestein, by her older brother Charlie, and older sister Evelyn, and by Bruce Boynick, the cherished son of her second husband, Chuck.
She is survived by her adoring and adored husband Chuck, by her younger sister, Irma Freedman of Atlanta, by her three children, Dr. Jeff Partnow and his wife Elaine, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Peter Partnow and his wife Stephanie, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Susan Goodman of Ft. Myers, Florida; by Andrea, the wife of the late Bruce Boynick, by Vicki Monis, the daughter of her husband Chuck and Vicki's son, Adam; by her grandchildren Seth, Alix, Jenny, Lucas, Abby, Aaron, Justin, Ryan, and Rachel; by Jonah, River, and Ellis, her three great grandchildren; by her dear friend, neighbor, companion, and helper, Marlene McCormick of Sarasota; and her most special second cousin Nancy Kaplan of Bradenton, Florida.
A memorial ceremony will be held for Muby at the Palmer Ranch Assisted Living facility in Sarasota on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:00 am. Her children will be sitting shiva at Muby's home in the Meadows until Friday, November 2. Her remains will be buried at Sharon Memorial Cemetery outside of Boston, near her first husband Leonard and her recently deceased son Bruce. A ceremony will be held at the gravesite in Sharon, Massachusetts at a date to be set later in November. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Muby's favored charities, the National Humane Society.