Janet Schlein

June 26, 1930November 23, 2018

Janet Bloom Schlein, late of Beverly, passed away on November 23, 2018 at the Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody. She was the beloved wife of Herbert N Schlein.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Janet was the daughter of Harry and Carrie (Isenberg) Bloom. She graduated Simmons College in 1952 and married Herb days after her graduation. They were married for 60 years before Herb passed in 2013.

For 30 years, Janet worked as a school librarian for the Beverly Public School System. She started at the elementary level and later “graduated” to Memorial Middle School.

Janet co-founded the Beverly Chapter of the League of Woman Voters and was among the incorporators of what is now The Beverly Children’s Learning Center. She served as Treasurer of the Gloucester Sisterhood-Hadassah and President of Simmons Class of 1952. She was the co-author of “The Jews of Cape Ann,” an oral history of the Jewish Community of Gloucester and Rockport. She was a longtime member of Temple Ahavat Achim of Gloucester.

Janet is survived by her children, Robert and Elizabeth Schlein and Marilyn and Bobby Kramer, all of Beverly, and grandchildren Ally, Corey, Maxine and Nate. She is also survived by her brother David Bloom and his wife Nancy of Westport, CT and her three nephews and their families. Janet was predeceased by her son Harry in 1966.

Services at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 27th at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 East Lothrop Street, Beverly. Burial to follow at Sons of Abraham Cemetery, Cole Street, Beverly. Memorial observance at the home of Marilyn and Bobby Kramer following services until 4PM and will continue from 6-8PM; and on Wednesday from 2-4PM and 6-8PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the library at Beverly Children’s Learning Center, 550 Cabot Street, Beverly. (


  • David Bloom, Brother
  • Marilyn Kramer, Daughter
  • Robert Schlein, Son


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Shiva Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Shiva Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Janet Schlein

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Mark Rand

November 29, 2018

Jan and I were colleagues at Memorial Middle School in Beverly for many years . My classroom was just across the corridor from the library where Jan so efficiently , skillfully and quietly spent her professional day. We became friends as well as colleagues making my days in education so much more pleasant.
Janice and I send our sincere sympathies to Marilyn, Bobby and the entire family for the loss of this wonderful woman.

Susie Isenberg

November 27, 2018

Janet was the matriarch of our family. I will miss her with all of my heart. So many memories and special moments cousin Janet and I shared. Several years ago, while we were talking on the phone, Janet gasped when Herb came into the room and I heard her say , “ oh, look so handsome “. She sounded like a newlywed. In 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Janet and Herb in San Juan, Puerto Rico where we spent a week visiting all of their favorite places...especially favorite restaurants! Janet and Herb came to visit my grandchildren on the south shore many times, always bringing books for the girls. Cousin Janet was so proud of her kids, grandkids, and her entire extended family. I’ll miss you, Janet and will think of you often.