November 11, 1928 - May 20, 2016
Merilynn Slesh Kaplin born November 11, 1928, passed away on May 20, 2016. Lover of people, animals,and life, ended her difficult struggle here on earth and journeyed onto the next adventure. She was surrounded by family and friends and the compassionate caregivers at Zusman Hospice and the Cottage. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Thomas L. Kaplin, children Jamie (Albuquerque), Trip (San Francisco), Adam (Columbus), her beloved sister Louise Slesh Higgins (La Paz) niece Robyn Higgins Randle (Newport Beach) , Kevin and Carrie Neustadt (Los Angeles) , John and Romi Neustadt (San Diego). Merilynn is preceded in death by her parents David and Belle Slesh , sister Carole Slesh Neustadt, and niece Jody Ann Higgins. Merilynn was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent most of her childhood in Toledo, Ohio. Her parents were able to give each of their daughters one year of college at The Ohio State University. She loved that year, but her real education began when she moved, in the 50's, to Chicago. She shared an apartment with friends and worked and played and developed a love of art and culture and all that life has to offer. After raising her kids, she shared a small art consulting business with a friend. She was able to further cultivate her natural eye for art. She was passionate about conservation and protection of animals, art, Africa, books, politics, friends, and Nantucket. She loved connecting with people. Nobody was a stranger. The last few years have been difficult for her to navigate, and we had to let her go. She has moved onto her next assignment, but will be terribly missed by those of us that love her beyond words. "Mom, we love you to the moon and back" Memorial services will be held at 11AM on Monday, May 23 at Temple Israel, 5419 E. Broad St. Shiva will be observed at 1 Miranova Place on Monday from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to celebrate her life and the joy and the spunk she brought to all those she touched. Capital Area Humane, Wexner Heritage Village, the Alzheimer's Association, or any organization of your choosing. We extend our love and gratitude to all of those that helped Mom along this road.
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