Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Cemetery: New Montefiore Cemetery
Notes: Bernice Heyman passed away on January 28 at the age 89 in Mohegan Lake, New York, and was laid to rest at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island, on January 31. She was the beloved mom of three children, a grandmother of nine and a treasured sister to her seven siblings. Born in Boston in 1931 to Benjamin and Esther Willens, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from MassArt in Boston and later her Master of Arts from Lehman College in New York City. After moving to New York, she worked for the renowned fashion designer “Vera” and then an ad agency where she helped design the Wonder Bread wrapper. She later moved to Ossining, New York, and became a longtime art teacher in the nearby Hendrick Hudson School District. She was also one of the best artists you could ever meet and had several showings of her paintings. Art was her passion besides her family. She had an independent streak, and she was warm and loving despite having to persevere through much adversity in her life. She is survived by her sons, Brian (Karen) and Joel (Delilah) Heyman, her daughter, Roberta (Scott) Steppa, her grandchildren, Aaron (Becky), Leizer and Helyn Steppa, and Arielle, Miranda, Lilah, Jolie, Casey and Elise Heyman, her brothers, Dickie (Carol) and Kenny (Ann) Willens, and her sisters, Anita Rizzo, Joanne Willens and Nan (James) Noble. Her husband, Dr. Arnold Heyman, passed away in 1991. She will be tremendously missed by her family.