SAYREVILLE - MIRIAM REBECCA BIERMAN (née Rosen) passed away on December 28, 2020. Born in Newark, New Jersey, on May 18, 1927, she lived a full and long life spanning over 93 years, from the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by Lindbergh two days after her birth to the election of the first woman and first African American as Vice President.
Mim, as she was known to all, with Mimsy used by a select few, enjoyed the joys and suffered the disappointments of life that most people feel. What distinguished her was an innate knack to make others feel better for having spent some time with her. Her father and mother, Benjamin and Faye (née Ravetch) Rosen, were happy with their two children, Jerry and Mim. Faye died young leaving Ben unprepared for the burdens of parenting while building a pickle and jelly business known throughout Northern New Jersey in the early years of the 20th century as Anna Myers Fine Foods. Mim moved from relative to relative until Ben married Anne Greenberg of Atlantic City who became a beloved second mother to Mim. On to Douglass College in the Class of 1947, Mim eventually found herself on a blind date with Herbert B. Bierman and they married on March 25, 1950. Living first in North Jersey but eventually settling in Sayreville in the only house on Water Tower Lane, the Biermans were proud of their two children, Sue and Luke. Fifty-nine years later, Mim spent her last living day at home, just as she said she wanted.
As a public school teacher, Mim was proud of her innovations in team teaching as well as her leadership of the Sayreville Education Association when it struck for better working conditions and pay and benefits. She also made her mark as a leader in the New Jersey League of Women Voters, representing the State League at national conventions. After retiring as a teacher, Mim earned her real estate license and enjoyed time helping others find that special home. She enjoyed the companionship of John Earles and then, after John's death, of Everett Adams, with whom she became reacquainted at the Sayreville Senior Center after they had lost touch from their time working together in the Sayreville Public Schools.
Mim was renowned by all for her unmatched fashion sense, and found her greatest joy in regaling family and friends--whether old, new, or future--with stories from the old days and bringing special attention to those around her. She lived for her friends and family, always ready with a smile and hug to bring light to a dreary day or tired person. She delighted in the new technology and kept in touh with many who loved her near and far, including two great-granddaughters who arrived in the last 16 months, Faye and Annie. Mim's children Sue and Luke, along with grandchildren Jess and Sam and their dad Steve, and grandchildren Becky, Molly and Abbey and their mom Laura, are sustained by many happy memories of visits across the country but especially at the Jersey Shore where Mim spent many happy days walking and tanning on the beaches of Sandy Hook and Long Beach Island.
Internment was at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in East Brunswick, under the direction of MOUNT SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPELS, East Brunswick.
Flowers are discouraged in favor of contributions to your favorite charity. A memorial service for friends and family will be held when pandemic restrictions are eased.
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Mim, was my "other mother". First meeting as teachers in Sayreville many years ago, we developed a friendship that endured throughout the years. She was a "phenomenal woman" and will live in my heart forever.
Even though I haven’t spent time with Mim for quite a while she had a big impact on my life. Her charming personality, classiness, culinary talents, loyalty etc endeared her to many. She will be greatly missed!
I knew Mim from QuickChek Pharmacy. She was such a sweet person and real pleasure to take care of. She always had a wore a smile that lightened up your day!! I’m sorry that I lost touch with her after the pharmacy and store where sold. She had a special way of making your day brighter. Mary Gonzales
Mim was a special lady. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years at JJ Harrigan Real Estate. She was one of the most positive ,and happy people,I knew.
She always wore a smile and left you feeling grateful to have run into her in town.
If anyone lived life to the fullest she did. I remember when she would go roller skating with her friends and bake scratch cakes. She never took any short cuts she ran the whole gambit and enjoyed every minute.
She loved to travel especially to visit her children and grandchildren.I always admired her great style of dress. She was a classy lady.When she talked her face always lite up the room with her smile. I will miss you my friend .My sincere condolences to her family.
Mim-a life well lived! She was a joy to work with and someone I admired so much. May all the wonderful memories you have of Mim bring you peace.
My condolences to Luke, Sue and family.
As you probably know I have known Mim since the Real Estate years and somehow we
just connected and I have treasured her friendship tremendously. She was always there and we could talk on the phone a lot and have our lunchtimes.
Sadly enough I had to move to Florida, saw her before I left and kept in touch with her by phone and messages. I was so happy to visit her before I left. She will be missed an awful lot and she will be part of my real happy memories . Kind regards to all, Emmy Marley
Such a lovely woman and great neighbor!! Rest in aloha sweet Mims!!
Min was a close friend whose warmth, thoughtfulness,and cheerfulness I will greatly miss. My sympathy and prayers to her family she so loved.
Mim was a magnificent person in every way. Out heartfelt sympathy and prayers to her wonderful family. Mim was truly loved and we will miss her dearly. Jack and Diane
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