1936 - 2016
Levine Chapels
470 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA
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.

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Published by Boston Globe from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2016.
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Joyce was a true artist. Her work with texture, color and line were magnificent. But her most valuable artistic creations are her children and grandchildren.
Tim Sullivan
December 13, 2016
Maren, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom and your Dad in October. Please extend my condolences to your brother and sister. Remember your Dad helping you and I decorate the Christmas tree many years ago.
Peter Pitula
December 11, 2016
Joyce was a truly beautiful soul! She will live forever in my heart.
Sheri Flagler
December 10, 2016
Dear Bryn,
So sorry about your loss, I always admired your mother sense of beauty and ability to find it in the most unexpected places. What a beautiful soul.
Thinking of you, Amnon
December 10, 2016
As one of the artists Joyce and Alan nurtured at Fine Arts, Ltd., I owe Joyce a tremendous debt. She launched my career in the Boston area. Her words about my art are still on my website - surely I've never had such a devoted mentor and wonderful friend. The things she taught me go well beyond the art world. Joyce was a model for all of us as artists, gardeners, wives, and mothers. We remained friends for over 40 years, writing letters (a lost art) all of which I have saved and treasure now all the more.

Joyce was great lady and I was honored to have been her friend.
Katherine Galbraith
December 10, 2016
It was a pleasure to know Joyce and Alan. I will miss them. Love to the family. Suzanne Salamon
Suzanne Salamon
December 10, 2016
My condolences to the family. Our lord father promises that very soon he will bring back our loved ones and we will never lose them again. Isaac 25:8
December 10, 2016
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family today and always.
American Stroke Association
December 10, 2016
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