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Blanche Abelove Lewis

Forest Lawn Cemetery

Blanche Lewis was born in Ithaca, NY. in 1911.  She later moved to New York City where she studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Provincetown Playhouse Dramatic School.  After completing her studies, she created her own drama school which she managed until she moved to Norfolk after her marriage to a local attorney.  In the late 1940s, she opened Norfolk’s first kindergarten called the Children’s Play School in Wards Corner.  Throughout her life, she was involved in numerous Jewish civic organizations including the White House President’s Council at Longwood.  She later authored a book on natural foods.  She was also the owner of an antique shop.  Lewis passed away in 2001.



Obituary of Blanche Lewis, Virginia Pilot, November 15, 2001.           

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505

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