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Passed away surrounded by family on September 16, 2021, at age 93. Predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Marvin Shulman; parents, Anne & Dr. Jacob Epstein; brother, Dr. Richard Epstein. She is survived by her sister, Barbra Bianchi, loving children, Wendy (Paul Brindza) Shulman & Peter (Kristin) Shulman; granddaughter, Rebecca Shulman Brindza; first cousin, Betty Wachtel née Reeback; and cat, Peanut.
After graduating from the University of Rochester in Art History and Social Work (1949), Joan took courses in enameling and jewelry making. She participated in the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Art Show and Sale; had pieces of her art accepted in the Gallery’s Finger Lakes Exhibit; had a booth at the Waterfront show in Canandaigua; and her jewelry was also shown and sold in a shop in Honeoye Falls. Joan eventually became interested in gas welding and was a member of the Artist in Residence program at Fairport High School for about twenty years. She taught welding to high school seniors, where they made keychains, jewelry and small welded sculptures. Along with a partner, Joan owned Beads ‘n’ Things, a craft shop in Schoen Place. There, she taught classes in macramé. She also worked for the Nan Miller Gallery and assisted when they did out of town shows. For many years, she was a volunteer at One World Goods in Pittsford Plaza. She continued to keep her hands busy by repairing jewelry for them. As her vocation, Joan was a child welfare worker and then a volunteer Probation Officer. She and her husband Marvin, a retired optometrist, moved into The Summit in the fall of 2010. Joan’s life was long and full of color, she will be deeply missed.

Graveside Services will be held on MONDAY, September 20, 2021 at 10 AM in White Haven Memorial Park. CLICK HERE for a map to the cemetery. Friends are asked to gather at the main entrance.

CLICK  HERE to view the graveside services streamed live from the cemetery, the live stream will begin around 9:55 am.

Donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester (CLICK HERE to donate online) or the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery (CLICK HERE to donate online) in her memory.


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