Melanie Schneidman

Melanie Schneidman

June 8, 1924 - December 16, 2020
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    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 12:00pm
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Melanie Schneidman, of Pikesville, MD, passed away on December 16, 2020 at the age of 96. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, the younger daughter of the late Simon and Anna Hirsch. Melanie’s parents made her childhood, and that of her sister, Bertha, a safe and happy one. Growing up, Melanie and Bertha would spend Sunday afternoons strolling through Cismigiu Park in Bucharest with their father, who proudly showed off his beautiful daughters. For one of Melanie’s birthdays he gifted her a bicycle which she cherished for many years. The halcyon days of her adolescence were spent biking, swimming, and ice skating. While her older sister was always stylishly dressed, Melanie was the tomboy who loved playing with the neighborhood boys and getting into occasional squabbles.

Melanie fell in love instantly when she set eyes on the tall, handsome Bernard on one of his visits to her father’s factory. They went on to enjoy a long, happy marriage that lasted nearly 73 years. They were inseparable, with Melanie preparing wonderful meals, hosting family dinners, and organizing holidays. Although naturally more reserved than her husband, she was the quiet one behind the scenes making dreams come true, such as inviting the entire family on a memorable Caribbean cruise to celebrate Bernard’s 80th birthday.

Melanie was a loving mother to her daughter Miriam and later a doting grandmother to Alexander, always there to listen, provide sensible advice, and share a family tale. With her remarkable memory, Melanie would describe life in the old country, how the family survived the war years in Bucharest, and how she would accompany her mom to her great uncle’s plays, stories that fascinated both Miriam and Alexander who will forever treasure these special moments.

A cherished friend to many, Melanie was always thinking of ways to make others feel special. Melanie had a circle of lifetime friends who became part of the extended family. Up until this year, she still received bouquets of flowers from coworkers, who remembered her fondly, even decades after her retirement. Melanie was a kind, generous and trusted friend who shall be missed by many.

She is survived by her cherished daughter, Miriam Schneidman; adoring grandson, Alexander Burnett; niece, Ariela Mano; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Julius and Frederica Schneidman, Bianca Schneidman, Caroline and Mike Calistrat; and nieces and nephews, Mark, Margie, Isabelle, Andy, and Danny. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bernard Schneidman; sister, Bertha Marienberg; parents, Anna and Simon Hirsch; and brother-in-law, Beno Schneidman.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 at 12:00 pm. Interment Arlington Chizuk Amuno Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.
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Chuck & Mary Ann Bollack

Posted at 04:00am
We offer our deepest sympathy for the loss of Melanie. We have missed seeing her during her long illness and was unable to attend family gatherings. She is with her Beloved Bernie and suffering no more. Miriam and Alexander, I know you miss her greatly and had so many wonderful memories to hold in your hearts.

Nicholas Burnett

Posted at 03:14am
Mela was a wonderful set of contrasts. Reserved yet wonderfully warm. Quiet yet surprisingly dominant. Shy yet always welcoming. Loyal yet constructively critical.
Bernard, Miriam and Alexander were so fortunate to have her as wife, mother and grandmother, as she was to have them.
She was also so kind to me, and always made that extra effort. Even in poor health in recent years, for instance, she would insist on getting up and making me a Turkish coffee, at which she was expert.
She will be missed by all of us who had the honor to know her.

The Calin Family

Posted at 12:41pm
Sincerest condolences from the Calin Family. Mirella, you were blessed to have such wonderful parents. Our families were friends for many years and Lony always spoke so highly of you and your parents.
My memories go back to Town & County apartments...which I visit occasionally. What a long road it's been.
Bianca, Edgar and Grace


Posted at 12:41pm
Sending virtual love to everyone at this sad time; particularly to Mirela and Alexander. It was a lovely service honoring Mela. She will forever be cherished and fondly remembered. She was indeed special and will be missed dearly by our entire family. We will treasure the stories and memories.
Love, Isabelle, Brett, Blake and Carli

Andy Calistrat

Posted at 10:20am
My deepest condolences to Mirela and Alexander on the loss of your dear sweet mother and grandmother. Mela was such a sweet, kind, loving person - as was her beloved husband Buzi. I can only hope they are happily in each other's arms, with no more pain or suffering, for all eternity now. Mirela, they were so lucky to have such a wonderful daughter as you, who took such great care of each of them up until the very end. Very best wishes and much love to the whole family!


Dan Calistrat

Posted at 11:01pm
class Class CLASS, aunt Mela had it in droves! I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time with the Baltimore tribe, uncle Buzi and Aunt Mela were always so inviting, and every visit with the Schneidman's was more than special. I think I was in mom's belly in this photo, waiting to give Mela my first hug, wishing I lived closer and had been there for last hugs. Although this is so so sad, I know aunt Mela wouldn't want *anybody* to *ever* be sad. Please have some socially distant big hugs from me for and remember her as happily as she was smiling in this photo! Just look at the smiles here and remembrance of the warmth she exuded every time she taught us how to live & love. All the best to you Miriam & family. Love from Texas, cousin Danny.

Giselle and Nelu Schwartz

Posted at 09:48pm
We are sorry for your lost. We will remember Mela and Buzzi in our
Hearts for all the kindness and help they give us when we arrived to
USA 50 years ago, all the good times share. Let her Rest In Peace
Our sincere condolences to all

Frederica and Julius Schneidman

Posted at 09:35am
Julius and I are so sad that Mela, our sister in law, is gone. We loved Mela and Bernie and are so sorry they are not with us anymore. They always gave us their unfailing sincere opinions in everything we asked them. Mirela is an example to all of us in the way she constantly cared for them all the time. Mela was a sincere and dear friend to me, in addition to being my sister in law. We saw her a few weeks ago and as usual, she asked about our children and always wanted to see pictures. We are so sorry she had to suffer for so long. We will always have her and Bernie in our thoughts!

Anna (Ili) Schiffer

Posted at 03:43pm
I am very sad to learn about Mela's passing. Our families' special friendship spans more than seven decades. It began in Bucharest during the postwar 1940's. My mother was (in her own words) a young “widow and orphan” who had recently relocated from Czernowitz to Bucharest. When she met the Hirsch and Schneidman families, they embraced her and treated her like one of their own. Together we shared many joys, celebrations and lifecycle events. This special friendship is still going strong today.
I can still picture Mela at different stages of our lives. As a little girl, I saw her as a stunning beauty. As a teenager and young adult, I thought she was ahead of her time in her patience and understanding the needs and wants of our generation despite her growing up in a different time and place. In recent years, I continued to view Mela as a role model. May she rest in peace.

ariela mano

Posted at 01:41am
dear mela

you were the only aunt I ever had, and we were very close always.
I still remember when we left Romania to israel how yhou cried and ran after our train.
when you also left we were disappointed because you didn't came after us to israel as we hoped, but we were always in touch as much as we could, by phone, pictures, letters and visits.
I already miss you, I will always remember you and love you.
goodbye my beloved aunt.

Mark Schneidman

Posted at 08:41pm
My aunt Mela was a wonderful person. While she was generally very reserved, there was always something special, something very elegant and warm about her. She was a kind and welcoming person. After I graduated from college, Mela and Bernie opened up their home to me until I found an apartment. I fondly remember the time spent with them, the wonderful home-made dinners and conversations; Mela always made me feel welcome and at home. My family and I will miss her warmth and kindness, remember her lovingly and comforted by the thought that she is now re-united with the love of her life.

Mark, Jackie, Nicholas and Emma

Caroline Calistrat

Posted at 05:30pm
I was the youngest in the family, a teenager with three older brothers. I will never forget how excited I was when Buzi invited Mela for the first time at our house for dinner. I set the table while mother prepared all kinds of goodies. I was so thrilled that I was going to have a sister-in-law – my first one! When they arrived, I was so stunned to see how tall and beautiful she was. They looked like a perfect couple, and indeed that’s what they were. I was always impressed with Mela’s memory.

We shared lots of happy events together. One I will never forget: her idea to celebrate Buzi’s 80th birthday on a cruise with the whole family. What a treat! We had such a great time.

We will miss Mela, but she will always be in our hearts.

Caroline and Mike.

Elaine and Rick Gershberg

Posted at 04:17pm
Dear Miriam, Alexander and Family,
We are truly sorry to hear about your loss. Our friendship began in childhood, and I will always remember visiting you way back then when your parents and grandmother were around and they always made me feel welcome. Your mom was quiet but was always very refined and pleasant. We have been fortunate to be in each others lives forever and I have always admired and respected the relationship that you had with your parents. You were an exceptional daughter and although your life was tremendously busy, your attention to them always amazed me. They loved you so much and appreciated everything that you always did for them. Thank you for including us in so many of life's celebrations through the years. Cherish the memories and know that you should be proud to have had them for so long and took such amazing care of them in their later years. We love you and know that we will always remember your mom/grandmom very fondly.

Janice and Lou Leikach

Posted at 03:03pm
Miriam, We are so very sorry for your loss. It seems like your mother had a beautiful life. We hope that her life stories that she shared with you and your memories of her will provide you comfort today and always.

eynav friedler (mano)

Posted at 12:13am
I am the granddaughter of Berta (sister of mela), I remember always my grandmother talking about her sister with warmth admiration love, she talked about her a lot wanted to see her always.
I remember when she was sick she was very sorry knowimg she couldn't travel any more ad wont be able to see her loving Melanie.


Sergiu Simmel

Posted at 07:42pm
Some of my earliest childhood memories include the "Buzi and Mela" images and names. With Mela's passing, it feels to me that an era has ended. My fondest memories include my parents' conversations with her....

Mirela, may her memory stay forever in the minds, hearts and actions of all whom she loved and who loved her.

With much love,


Ellen Forman

Posted at 06:53pm
How lucky can I be to have spent seven of my senior years with the Calistrat and Schneidman families. Celebrating the Jewish holidays, special birthdays and Bar and Bat Mitzvah with this group was always very special .Dan and I were fortunate to visit Mela and Buzi several times in their lovely apartment. While Dan helped Buzi with a computer problem , Mela was making sure that the table was set beautifully for the delicious spread she prepared for us.
I also remember attending the elegant luncheon Mirela hosted for her mother’s 90th birthday.
I know Mela will be missed but her memories will be with her family and friends forever.
Ellen Forman

Bianca Schneidman

Posted at 11:58am
Dear Mirela and Alexander, our family suffered a big loss, by your mother’s passing. We were very close and shared a lot during our very long relationship. We always were a close family, shared the good and bad, success and losses, she will be missed a lot. We will always remember her among us, at all the holidays gatherings we used to share every year. She always hosted the Iom Kippur family meal, after fasting, as well as birthdays and special occasions and always was a great hostess, making great dishes and making everybody welcomed to their house. We will cherish all these memories with great fondness and love. May she rest In Peace.


Mona Burden

Posted at 04:12pm
I remember the first time I brought baby Abby to a family dinner, Mela was the first one to want to hold her and then I didn't see my baby for the rest of the evening. She was always so friendly and kind. Sean thought of her as regal. We will miss her.

Zenia Billian

Posted at 11:48am
Miriam and Family,

So very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May all of your happy memories help you through the days ahead.

Zenia and Carol

Ron Israel

Posted at 10:32am
Sending my prayers and condolences on the passing of Melanie Schneidman, one of my first dental patients from years ago. Thanks for sharing all of those photos and memories of the family. I remember with love all of you.

Jo Ann Flowers

Posted at 08:41am
Miriam I am so sorry to hear. Mel and I were good friends at Hendersen Webb for many years. i have wonderful memories of her and loved being around her.

Wendy Berkow

Posted at 07:25am
Dear Miriam, Please accept my deepest sympathy to you, Alex and your Families at this sad time.

Ruth Calistrat

Posted at 07:07pm
I'm so sorry to hear about Mela's passing. She was such a classy lady. I remember breaking the Yom Kippur fast at your house each year. She was such a good hostess and a kind lady. She made all her guests feel loved and welcomed. She will be missed.

Here is a nice picture of our mothers. I like to imagine them smiling together now and catching up, wherever they are.
Love, Ruth Calistrat

Jenny Seidman

Posted at 05:56pm
Miriam and Schneidman Family,

Jon and I send our deepest condolences to you on the loss of Mela. Sending all of our love.

Marcia Rubin

Posted at 02:12pm
We are sorry to read that Bernard's wife Melanie has passed. Our best to the family.
Marcia & Bernie Rubin

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