Sylvia Cohen

DATELINE: PEABODY, MA

Cohen, Sylvia Rosalind, 99, died Monday, April 27, 2020 at Brudnick Center.  She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard Cohen. Born in Harlem, NY, a daughter of the late Isadore and Sarah (Frank) Aber, she had lived in Peabody for 14 years, previously a longtime resident of Fall River.  She was an administrative assistant for Temple Beth-El Religious School.  Sylvia was a member of Temple Beth-El and its Sisterhood, life member of Hadassah and received distinguished award. She loved to read, take walks, was a wonderful cook, and skilled in knitting and sewing.

Devoted mother of Dr. Paul David Cohen (Jona) of Boston, MA, Debra Phyllis Kaplan (Joel) of Andover, MA, and Rena Gail Shear (Frank) of Framingham, MA. Dear sister of Anne Heisler of Monroe Township, NJ the late, Jack and Florence Aber.  Loving grandmother of Eric, Elissa, Andrea, Lauren, Jonathon, Emily. Cherished great-grandmother of Benjamin, Anna, Eliza, Anya, Tessa, Alanna and Sylvie. Adored former mother-in-law of Nancy Wainer.

Funeral services and shiva will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, Attn: Giana, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, MA 01960 or Hadassah, 1320 Centre Street, Suite 205, Newton Center, MA 02459.

8 Comments

  1. Russell Fradkin
    Apr 28, 2020

    Dear Rena and family,

    So sorry for your loss.

    Russell

    • Rena Shear
      Apr 30, 2020

      Hi Russell,

      Thanks for your message. Mom had a rough time after her stroke, and the last 5 years were the hardest, emotionally. She was ready to go then so when she actually did pass, we felt she was free and with our Dad.
      Hope all is well with you and your family.
      Rena

  2. gladysrosofsky
    Apr 29, 2020

    our condolencnces on the loss of your dear mother

    pearl. our daughter lives in wayland pearl mccarthy an artist

    gladys and murray rosofsky

    • Rena Shear
      Apr 30, 2020

      Dear Gladys and Murray,

      Thank you for your condolences. Mom lived a long, happy life and passed peacefully, and for that, we are grateful.
      I am also an (abstract) artist, very different from what Pearl does.
      I hope you and your family are all well.
      Sincerely,
      Rena

  3. Abraham Ehrenhaus
    Apr 29, 2020

    I shall always have fond memories of your mothers hospitality, her cooking as well as that of your father`s companionship.
    We made such wonderful musical sounds in the bnd
    Love
    Ab

    • Rena Shear
      Apr 30, 2020

      Dear Ab,

      Thank you so much for your message. I think of you often!
      I think Mom and Dad felt the same about you and Marilyn, RIP.
      I enjoy seeing you serenade your many great-grandchildren :-)
      My mom’s cooking left comforting impressions on many people. We try to continue making her recipes (latkes, especially).
      Stay well and continue enjoying your wonderful life,
      Much love,
      Rena

  4. Arleen Bor
    Apr 29, 2020

    To Rena and family’
    Accept my sincere condolences at this time. May she RIP.
    Arleen

    • Rena Shear
      Apr 30, 2020

      Hi Arleen,

      Thanks so much for your sympathy. Funerals during this strange new reality are so very different. Not being able to hug family members feels incomplete. But we are grateful that we were able to come together and honor her life.
      I hope you and your family are all well.
      Sincerely,
      Rena

Leave a Reply to Abraham Ehrenhaus Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*