March 21 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Eleanore Schulman

Black Mountain

Eleanore Lucille Weil Schulman, 93, of Black Mountain, passed away March 10, 2019.

Mrs. Schulman was born March 23, 1925 in Pennsylvania to the late Edwin and Amala Weil. Eleanore was an avid animal lover of dogs and cats and supported many animal rescue organizations. She loved to entertain friends in her home and talk about the many places she traveled with her husband.

In addition to her parents, she preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Schulman.  

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals (

Dorothy "Dot" Baker

Black Mountain

Dorothy “Dot” Mae Craver Baker, 95, died peacefully at Keever Solace Center, Asheville, on March 8, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Theodore “Ted” Baker.

Dot retired from the American Red Cross in 1985. Possessing a knack for connecting with children, Dot also worked as a preschool teacher. During that time she penned “The Popcorn Song” and played the piano, having a life-long love of many varieties of music. Other interests included playing cards, camping in the early years, working jumbles, and eagerly waiting for the Sunday Paper to read the cartoons. Most important to her was spending time with family.

The last 18 years she resided at Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC, where she met many treasured friends. She involved herself fully in community living holding many volunteer jobs, playing dominoes, and enjoying lively conversations with friends at the lunch table.

She is survived by son, Robert “Bob” Baker and wife Judy, of Georgia; daughter, Paula Czarnowsky and husband Rick, of Virginia; daughter, Donna Oliver and husband Lee, of Swannanoa, NC. She had seven cherished grandchildren:  Jenny, Dennis, Paul, Kevin, Eric, Kelsey, Nathan and their spouses, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private and held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria Virginia.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family. The online register is available at