Dolores Barmat

Maryland, formerly of Mount Desert Island

Dolores (Bierman) Barmat, 93, died May 18, 2022, at her home in Maryland, surrounded by her four daughters. She was born July 4, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Stella (Strahl) Bierman and Morris Bierman.

Dolores was a singular and exceptional woman, whose characteristic wit charmed all those who knew her. Her sarcastic quips were equally bestowed on everyone around her — from her closest friends and family to the clerk at her local grocery store. Her sharp mind persevered until the very end. Dolores was a natural saleswoman; she worked in her mother’s shop in Brighton Beach, N.Y., as a young woman, found easy success at various high-end retailers, including I. Magnin and Lily Rubin, during her career, and later became a mainstay at her daughter’s store in Great Falls, Va. Her true passion was raising her children and grandchildren, whom she fiercely loved (despite sarcastic quips to the contrary). Dolores and her husband, Melvin, met at Hofstra University, Dolores attending as the first collegiate woman in her family, Melvin returning from service in WWII. Throughout their 62-year marriage they lived in New Jersey and Maryland, following Melvin’s career in telecommunications and building and sharing their lives. Dolores and Melvin’s home in Bethesda, Md., where they lived for 44 years, had a gravitational pull, known for large gatherings of family and friends at holidays. Dolores loved to travel; she and Melvin went to many far-flung destinations for work and pleasure, and eventually took their children and grandchildren back to their favorite places — London, Italy, Santa Fe, the Caribbean, and most of all, to their home in Mount Desert, where their family spent joyful and memorable summers together. Dolores was a born storyteller who shared her life, experiences and advice with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all of those who knew, loved and revered her.

Dolores’s husband, Melvin Barmat, passed away in 2012 in Mount Desert.

Dolores is survived by her four daughters, Joan Barmat, Alison Barmat, Betsy Stires and husband, Mark, and Hope Hill and husband, Peter; seven grandchildren, Samantha Altmann and husband, Eben, Meredith Steinfels and husband, Trevor, Ethan Steinfels and wife, Monisha, Nathan Stires and wife, Caroline, Victoria Steel and husband, Tyler, Sarah Hill-Yeterian and husband, Benjamin, and Nicholas Hill; and four great-grandchildren, Milo Moorman, Mabel Altmann, August Altmann and Eleanor Stires.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert with Rabbi Siemers. Interment took place at Brookside Cemetery, Mount Desert immediately following the service. Shiva will take place in Baltimore, Md., on May 24 and 25 at 110 East Lake Ave.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dolores’s memory may be made to K.U.R.E (Kids’ Uveitis Research and Education) at on the drop-down menu or donate by phone at (410) 955-2020.

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