Barbara G. Kane, 82, of Boston, MA passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2022. She was born March 20, 1940 to Eileen (Berman) and I. Edward Goodman. She is survived by her life partner, Dr. J. Myron “Mike” Rosen, as well as her sons, Steven N. Kane and Brian H. Kane, the sons of Steven Samuel L. Kane and Jack E. Kane and his life partner, Kiva C. Schuler, and Brian’s son Jonah N. Kane and his life partner Ann M. Fleischmann, as well as his brothers James M. Goodman and Donald E. Goodman, and his sister Nora Finkelstein Snyder. Barbara is predeceased by her husband Louis A. Kane. She was married to Louis for 33 years before his death in 1994.
Barbara graduated from Brookline High School, Brookline, MA, then went to Skidmore College and Simmons College for her bachelor’s degree, and later Clark University for her master’s degree in business administration. She was a co-founder and partner of the modern art gallery, the LevinsonKane Gallery, in Boston, for many years, and also pursued her passion and love for artists and human creativity as an active personal collector. . Even frequent visitors to his home would always stop and notice his amazing collection of artwork and folk art, as well as unusual objects and finds. She was also active in philanthropy, including volunteer work for Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts and a leadership role at the Worcester Council for Jewish Women Thrift Store.
Along with her late husband, Louis, and later life partner, Mike, Barbara was a tireless and intrepid traveler, making many trips to distant destinations and visiting every continent, including Antarctica. She was also deeply devoted for many years to her local women’s group, where she cherished many loving lifelong friendships. She was a regular fan and frequented galleries, museums, theater and the Boston Symphony. Known for her distinctive personal style and laid-back but lively wit and sense of humour, she was almost always described by friends and colleagues as “a character” – which she loved.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022 at B’Nai Brith Cemetery on St. John’s Rd, Worcester. Arrangements are in the care of Richard Perlman of Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA 02210, or to Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, 1055 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.
Posted on June 08, 2022
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