In Memory

Elizabeth Stein (Name Change: Abigail Weissman)

Elizabeth Stein (Name Change: Abigail Weissman)

Studied at University of Pittsburgh, University of The Americas (Mexico City, Mexico), and George Washington University.

She was a social worker before retiring about 2003 and moved to Grass Valley, CA.

She said that after retiring, art found her....and very effectively as it became her great passion.  She credited the thriving artist community in Grass Valley where she lived with allowing her latent talent to emerge.  Happily she was encouraged by and embraced as one of their own.

As her body of work grew, so did her reputation for being a talented artist. Specializing primarily in the medium of alcohol inks she developed a mastery that produced stunning images of pure colorful joy as well as some with deep rich tones that are more contemplative. Nearly all have been inspired by and imaginatively named for things in the natural world, i.e. landscapes, underwater scenes, animal images, etc.

Abigail’s facebook page is
and it has tributes from her Memorial Service.

You can see her works and learn about her art at:

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01/24/19 10:08 AM #1    

Barbara Bertenthal (Vogel)

So sorry for her loss

01/24/19 12:36 PM #2    

Howard Portnoy (Portnoy)

I'm very sorry to hear the bad news. I had a crush on Betty in the eighth grade when she sat behind me in choir. I was too bashful to say anything at the time, but I told her about it many years later on this very forum.

01/24/19 01:31 PM #3    

David Slavkin

Goodness! A first reaction to this news. Shocked that another classmate leaves us so soon. Saddened that we will no longer have Abigail in our lives. Goodness! Abigail was certainly goodness; and light, and the joyful expression of her art and celebration of life, accomplishing despite the odds and obstacles. First Grade photos of Wightman School include Elizabeth Stein alomgside many of us who write on this website. I met Abigail here just before our 50th reunion and came to know and appreciate the woman she had become. Her artwork graces the walls of our home and my wife Joanie and I hold fond memories of our visit to Abigail in Grass Valley and Nevada City in 2015. We happily followed her successes in the art community of Northern California. Now we must hold those memories as the blessing that they are. 

01/24/19 02:36 PM #4    

Jaquelin Bazell (Mejak)

Shock and sadness fill my heart.  Betty & I were what I would describe as we reminded one another last year during a phone conversation, as soul mates.  Ironically we both chose professions that of Social Workers.  Through the years at TA we shared many classes together one of which was Mr. Wells our English teacher.  One day he had us do a project of standing in front of the class expounding on what we wanted to be when we grew up..of which he then made his own predictions based on his perspective..mine was an occupational therapist and Bettys was similar...but, most importantly, when we were attending Hebrew School at Temple Sinai each Wednesday for confirmation classes..albeit neither of us knew it at the time the challenges either were going thru individually...somehow our souls were connected in just knowing without words we became one within.  She will be sorely missed by all who knew her...beautiful inside and out..courageous and an inspiration to all whose lives she touched.  May Barbara, family, friends and classmates find peace and srength within at this time.  RIP Sweet Betty/Abigail

01/24/19 03:29 PM #5    

Joel Wingard

What a shame! At least in school, she was a beautiful person.

01/24/19 06:09 PM #6    

Ed Ruttenberg

Shocked and sad to hear of Abigail's passing. I enjoyed our correspondance over the last several years, and I am the proud owner of two of her art pieces. She was always warm, friendly and generous. May she rest in peace.

01/26/19 01:22 PM #7    

Cynthia Waldman (Wexler)

An old and dear friend!  All of these years we never missed sending birthday cards to one another.. She was a dear and lovely person. I am so sad  she is gone.



01/28/19 01:35 PM #8    

Marjorie Kisilinsky (Schermer)

I remember Abigail, then Betty, from our days at Wightman School. She always had a smile on her face. So sorry for our loss. May her memory always be for a blessing.

01/31/19 12:00 PM #9    

Sandi Sable (Forstenzer)

Abigail and I were bridesmaids together in many weddings in the summer of 1968. We laughed alot.

We tried to put together a west coast reunion of our class after the 50th. Unfortunately, time ran out.

Rest in peace dear friend.  You're missed.


03/06/19 11:01 AM #10    

Regina Weitz (Wiseman)

I remember Abigail (Betty) as a very lovely person from my teenage days and was very sorry to hear that she passed away. I have lived in Israel since 1982 so have not been in contact with very many highschool friends.  May all those who knew her be comforted and may her memory be for a blessing.

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