BLACKMAN, Joyce Weinberg Of Chestnut Hill, joined her soulmate of 58 years recently deceased. She passed peacefully in the arms of her loved ones on December 8, 2016, at the age of 80. Beloved mother of Stuart Blackman and his wife, Joan, of Needham; Maren Knight of Chestnut Hill; and Bryn Greenleaf of Bethesda, Maryland. She was forever revered as "Nanny Joyce" by her grandchildren, Samantha Blackman and Sienna and Graedon Greenleaf, whom she loved intensely. Proceeded in death by her soulmate, Alan Blackman, who cherished her and shared her deep interest in art, nature, music, fine arts, animals, and new discoveries that tickled their fancy. Their profound deep affection and dedication to each other was immediately visible to all. Their mutual support, in joyful and challenging times alike, served as a role model for all who knew and loved them. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Milton Weinberg and Hazel Weinberg Hecht.
Born in West Orange, New Jersey, on June 18, 1936, she graduated from Simmons College in 1958. As a freshman, she was given an unusual one-woman art show due to her brilliant watercolor and pen-and-ink Parisian scenes inspired by her early idol Raoul Dufy. As an artist and devoted gardener, she brought beauty to all who knew her. Her watercolors, pencil and ink, and pastel creations reflected the English garden she created at her beloved home. Humble, she always gave her works of art to friends and family. At their art gallery Fine Arts Limited, Joyce and Alan discovered many talented artists and nurtured them in the gallery and shows. She was a very active member and leader in the Arts Council of Brookline. Her loss is felt immensely by her family, friends, fellow artists, and all the lives she touched intrinsically. As a historian Joyce devoted years of research to her great-grandfather Leopold Karpeles, one of the first recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War for the Battle of the Wilderness. Joyce's expertise was sought out by historians and other well-known public figures. Her work was quoted in books and articles through the years. She loved with great excitement everything she undertook. She shared with Alan a passion and intense love for their collies, cats, and all living creatures. Their pets were loved and honored members of their family. She was a gentle, rare humane person who gave so many so much love and memories.
Service is Sunday, December 11th at 10 am at Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard Street, BROOKLINE, followed by interment at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Brookline and reception until early evening at the Blackman residence in Chestnut Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Stroke Association
, the American Cancer Society
, the MFA and the Humane Society for the United States.
Levine Chapels, Brookline
Published by Boston Globe from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2016.