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Beverly Wainer, 88, passes away peacefully

BEVERLY WAINER, a highly visible and beloved member of the local community, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 4, 2022. She was 88 years-old.


A renaissance woman, she mastered so many art forms, one could call her an artist. A great cook who shared so many recipes, one could call her a chef. She gave to so many different charities, one could call her a philanthropist. She dabbled in so many businesses, one could call her an entrepreneur.

Wainer visited the Apple Store so often, one could call her a Genius. The staff there actually did. They went so far as to ask her to help other people her age learn the technology because she had mastered it. 

Her life was made richer and complete because of her marriage to her husband Lester. He was the love of her life and her partner in crime. They were inseparable and shared a love so deep and so strong, that their union was admired by all. With him by her side, she conquered tennis courts and crossword puzzles, and started many successful businesses. Together they spent part of the year in Camden, Maine, where they formed many beautiful friendships. They were always on the move—to the latest restaurant, to Jazz Fest and to all seven continents.  

Wainer’s thirst for knowledge and self-improvement were legendary. She lived to learn, excel, teach, share and love. She was a champion nurturer. During COVID’s first few weeks, she read a book a day. She had a discerning eye for beauty, deliciousness, light, love, friendship, exotic places, art and kindness (and crumbs). She had a special love for lemons and was famous for her lemon pies, lemoncello and lemon trees.

Not one to stand by when things needed to be done, she gravitated toward leadership roles. While still a young mother, she baked cheese danishes and challah regularly with the proceeds going to charity.

Towards the end of her life, after a brain tumor slowed her down and gave her physical challenges, she didn’t give up hope. Quite the contrary: when the doctors told her to not expect too much more,  she took a deep breath and whispered “I got this.” And she lived longer than anyone thought she would.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Wainer and is survived by her children, Kim Wainer Kline, Bruce Wainer (Ellie), and Teri Tanenbaum (Rian); her two sisters Arlene McDermott (Mac) and Andy Steinman (Steve); six grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Relatives and friends attended the graveside service in Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m..  

Memorial donations are asked to be contributed to the charity of your choosing. Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery was in charge of the arrangements.

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