Slavin, Barbara Rose
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Jan. 19, 1925 - Jun. 2, 2014
Barbara Rose Slavin, nee Vallin, longtime Anchin Pavilion resident, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday June 2, 2014. Mrs. Slavin was well known on the Kobernick-Anchin campus and will be remembered for her colorful pastel outfits, extensive collection of hats, wit, charm and grace.
Born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Alma and Joseph Vallin, Mrs. Slavin received her teaching certificate shortly after her graduation from Wilson College and began teaching English at Alice Deale Junior High School.
In 1949 she met and married Benjamin Slavin, who had recently moved to Washington, D.C. They began their marriage in a small apartment in the city, then moved to the newly developing suburb of Silver Spring, MD. In the mid 60's, as the family expanded and Mr. Slavin's construction business flourished, Mr. Slavin built a custom designed home in Bethesda, MD where they lived until their retirement to Sarasota in 1983. While living up North, the Slavin's were involved in and helped to support many social, political and Jewish organizations and causes.
Here in Sarasota, Mr. & Mrs. Slavin continued their cultural interests and philanthropic endeavors by being active in the Sarasota Opera, Jewish Housing Council (Kobernick-Anchin), Ringling College of Art & Design, Selby Gardens, Mote Marine and many other non-profit organizations. The Slavin's enjoyed experiencing other cultures, which led to many years of world travel. They were married for 54 years until his passing in 2003 at age 84
Mrs. Slavin was the beloved mother of Jan Michele Griffith (Martin) of Minneapolis, James Michael (Michele) Slavin of Sarasota and Jonathan Mark Slavin (Yorly) of San Jose and a loving grandmother to granddaughters Karin & Julia, Miranda & Valintina. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Reidmiller of Sarasota, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and devoted caregivers. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph M. Vallin.
A Celebration of her Life is being planned for a later date. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council in memory of Barbara Slavin.
Toale Brothers Funeral Homes Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Toale Brothers - Colonial Chapel
40 N. Orange ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Published in Herald Tribune from June 6 to June 9, 2014