Esther Riza Weiner
March 16, 1938 - July 28, 2020
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Esther Riza (Blankfeld) Weiner, 82, of West Lafayette, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 with family by her side.  From 2017, Esther lived in Carmel in the community of Woodland Terrace. Born March 16, 1938 in Cleveland Ohio, she was the daughter of Gizella (Polly) and Abraham (A.I.) Blankfeld.  Esther graduated as valedictorian of Glenville High…

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Angel walker, LPN left a message on August 5, 2020:
Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire family of Esther Wiener. It was a pleasure to have known her. She taught me much about her culture. We shared many evenings talking about her grandchildren of whom she was terribly proud, and our love of food. May you find comfort in knowing she now rests in eternal joy with he whom she loved.
Natalia Kedishvili left a message on August 4, 2020:
Dear Suzanna and Alex, Your mom was an incredibly warm and kind human being. I met her in 1994 at our Carbonyl Meeting in New Zealand. Since then she became a mother figure for me, guiding me and advising on how to be a good working mother to my then little son. She has always worked hard on organizing our meetings, and they were such a success largely due to her efforts. She loved us and, in turn, we loved her. During difficult times I always recalled her words that in the end, all will be well. She was right. I am grateful for having met her and Hank. Through them I have made so many new lifelong friends. Our Carbonyl Meetings were a celebration of science, collegiality and family. Esther and Hank will forever be in our memory.
Yuli Wang and Kunliang Guan left a message on August 4, 2020:
Dear Suzanna and Alex, We are so saddened to learn the loss of your mother. Esther had been a parent figure in our life. Both of us were graduate students in the Purdue Biochemistry Department and Kunliang received his Ph.D. training in Henry’s laboratory. Their advice and wisdom had guided us in the new world as foreign students, this country was totally new to us. We truly treasured our friendship while we were in West Lafayette and ever since. The first photo was at our son Eric’s college graduation in 2014 and the second was at Esther’s Woodland home in 2018. Esther might gone from us, but never from our hearts. Wish you peace in this difficult time.
Heidi Newman left a message on August 4, 2020:
My heartfelt condolences to your entire family, Suzanna and Alex. When I was a student at Purdue (1980-1981), your parents became dear friends, so it was with great joy that I learned your mom would be one of my mom's neighbors at Woodland Terrace in Indy. I got to enjoy many meals, movies and visits with her over the last couple of years. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a friend as bright and interesting as Esther. I hope many happy memories help balance your sadness at this time. Sending love your way~
Bryce and Rosemary Plapp left a message on August 4, 2020:
Dear Alex and Suzanna and children, We are sorry to learn of Esther's passing. She was a wonderful person, and we got to know and appreciate her over many years when she organized the international carbonyl meeting, where my wife and I got to see you at least once. Esther was especially welcoming in organizing the social outings for the meeting and the trips for the attending families. My wife is not a scientist, but she always wanted to attend the meeting for the social events! My daughter met her boyfriend at one meeting, and our son also attended some meetings. I first met Esther in Stockholm in July, 1973, during the International Congress of Biochemistry. I had met Henry earlier, and the three of us went to dinner at Le Chatelin. Wonderful, lively discussion! I also remember well our visit to Acapulco in 2007. The three off us crammed into a VW bug to go explore the hilltop on the North side of the bay, and we all trudged up to the top for the view. Esther was a real trooper! We are blessed to have known Esther and Henry for 40 years, and we know she had a full life. Our best regards, Bryce and Rosemary Plapp,, Iowa City.
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Aruni Bhatnagar left a message on August 4, 2020:
Dear Alex and Suzanna, my family and I have known Esther and Hank for over 25 years. We met every other year during the carbonyl meetings, and we grew to respect them and love them as one of our family. They were extraordinarily kind and affectionate, and my children looked up to them as grandparents. At every meeting Esther made sure that we were well taken care of. Both of them would spend time with us and participated in our vacationing and celebrations. We all are sorry for your loss, but their memories live in our hearts, as their lives touched us deeply. With sympathy - Aruni
Lilian Gonzalez-Segura left a message on August 3, 2020:
Dear Suzanna and Alex: I met Henry and Esther on a trip they had to Mexico, in which we had pleasant moments. After that through my participation in the Carbonyl meeting. We will always remembered Esther with great affection. I send my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
Elisa M. Valenzuela-Soto left a message on August 3, 2020:
Dear Esther´s family You don't know me but I am one of the many people who met Esther at the carbonyl meetings. I wish to express my condolences for the death of her mother, who for me was a wonderful person, always full of joy and ready for everyone in the group to enjoy knowledge and life. Esther will always be unforgettable for many of us.
Professor Trevor M Penning left a message on August 3, 2020:
Dear Alex and Suzanna: We have not met but I knew both Henry and Esther well through many years of participation in the Carbonyl meeting which became one of Esther's second families. I remember to this day the friendship that Esther bestowed on me. She remembered every detail of my own family and always asked for updates on how we were all doing. Her friendship and kindness will always be remembered by us. I send my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Trevor
Christy Willmann Morris left a message on August 1, 2020:
Alex I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May her memory be a blessing to you.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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